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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Science and Technology

The health and longevity of the Oklahoma economy depends in large part on the acceleration of scientific and technological innovations. Maintaining Oklahoma’s leadership in these fields requires a concerted effort to ensure ongoing investments in technology, education and scientific investigations.  

In Oklahoma, we are all too aware of the tangible impact our environment can have on our lives, making the study of weather patterns of great importance to our safety. The Fourth District of Oklahoma is the proud home to the National Weather Center, a massive research center that provides facts and predictions regarding the weather and information on emergency preparedness. Not only does the center provide lifesaving resources to Oklahomans, but it also benefits our state’s economy and workforce as a major employer to our district for scientists, researchers and meteorologists from around the world.

Health research is a growing and key economic force in Oklahoma. The state’s bioscience community includes business and research endeavors that support more than 51,000 Oklahoma jobs and have contributed more than $6.7 billion to the state and yielded over $4.1 billion in annual revenues. Included in the bioscience sector are studies in applied science, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and agriculture feedstock and chemicals. 

Plant research has enormous potential to improve nutrition, health and even commercial applications that impact plant productivity and seed management. The high-tech development of new products and services will improve the agriculture industry for Oklahoma and play a key role in ensuring that the rapidly growing population of the world continues to have a sufficient supply of high quality food, drug therapies and alternative sources for fuels well into the 21st century.

I am also supportive of grant programs geared towards the skills students learn by studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). There are dozens of federal grant programs that provide support for high-quality learning opportunities in STEM subjects. In particular, Oklahoma has successfully used federal dollars to bring high-quality STEM content and experiences to students from low-income, high-need schools. I believe such training will inspire these students to become leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing Oklahoma and the nation at large.

More on Science and Technology

January 27, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA-07) announced that Senators Tim Kaine (VA), Mark Warner (VA) and Orrin Hatch (UT) will provide support for the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act through a companion bill and lead efforts for passage.  

January 27, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today announced bipartisan, bicameral support for the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. In December, H.R.

September 30, 2013 Weekly Columns

Just four months ago, Oklahomans proved their resilience by living through back-to-back tornadoes that claimed lives, destroyed entire neighborhoods and shook communities. While our state has come to expect the threat of tornadoes each year, it doesn’t make it any easier when it happens. Fortunately, with the support of friends across our state and nation, we have persevered and lost no time in picking up the pieces and rebuilding our communities.
 

September 23, 2013 Press Release

Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:BGCP) and the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, visited Moore on Monday, September 23 to distribute $1,000 prepaid debit cards to each family who had a child in the Moore Public School district at the time of the May 20 tornado and whose home was damaged or destroyed. Howard W. Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P.

September 23, 2013 News Stories

The Oklahoman - Jane Glenn Cannon

No one knows loss better than the employees of Cantor Fitzgerald, the financial services firm that lost 658 of its 960 New York employees in the World Trade Center attacks.

The surviving employees also remember who were among the first to comfort them after the attack: Oklahomans.

“That's why there was no question but that we would help the victims of the May 20 tornado,” said Howard Lutnick, chief executive officer of Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners Inc.

August 30, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced nearly $37 million in disaster recovery aid to the City of Moore, Oklahoma and to the State of Oklahoma to help local communities recover from a devastating spate of storms, including a powerful tornado that struck Moore on May 20th.  These grants are provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to support long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas with the greatest extent of ‘unmet need.’

August 1, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. today introduced legislation that would help families use disaster loans to build tornado safe rooms.  The Tornado Family Safety Act (H.R. 2908 / S.

June 27, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) joined with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA-07) and Congresswomen Renee Ellmers (NC-02) and Susan Brooks (IN-05) on Tuesday to urge pediatric research. During their visit to Children’s National Medical Center, the delegation highlighted the Kids First Research Act, legislation that would redirect public funds currently used for presidential campaigns and instead use it for pediatric research to cure and prevent diseases like autism.

June 20, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House Committee on Appropriations released the fiscal year 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill. The legislation, reviewed in subcommittee on Wednesday, lays out funding for the Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development and other related agencies.

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