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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.

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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.
June 1, 2013 Press Release
Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after more deadly tornadoes tore through the state of Oklahoma, claiming the lives of at least nine.
June 1, 2013 Press Release
Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) visited communities affected by the severe storms across the Fourth District of Oklahoma. After the disastrous tornado tore through his hometown of Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding communities on May 20, Cole surveyed the damage and lent his support and sympathy to victims.
May 28, 2013 Weekly Columns

Facing tragedy, hardship and disaster is not new for the people of Oklahoma, especially those living in my hometown of Moore. While residents in my community lived through what seemed like a nightmare last week, our strength and resilience still shines brightly through the storm and radiates hope of full recovery.

May 23, 2013 Press Release
Moore, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) issued the following statement after the announcement that President Obama will visit Moore, Oklahoma this Sunday, May 26.
May 21, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement following Monday’s horrific tornado that destroyed neighborhoods, injured residents and left others missing or dead in his hometown of Moore, Oklahoma. The Congressman is a longtime resident of Moore, which is included in the Fourth District of Oklahoma.

April 25, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) and Tom Cole (R–Okla.) introduced a bill today that prioritizes pediatric research for children with special needs.

The “Kids First Research Act” eliminates taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and political party national conventions. The bill reallocates these federal resources to pediatric research within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

April 2, 2013 News Stories

The Hill - Sam Baker

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Tuesday the GOP will introduce a bill to boost federal medical research — and pay for it by eliminating public funds for political conventions.

Cantor outlined the "Kids First Research Act" on World Autism Day. He said the bill, which Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) will introduce "in the coming weeks," would redirect federal funds toward research at the National Institutes of Health.

November 20, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Cole voted today in favor of a combination of spending bills that will fund America's priorities for 2005 while also funding key projects in Oklahoma.  The conference report on H.R. 4818, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY2005 that passed in the House today provides over $42 million for projects in Oklahoma's Fourth Congressional District.    

     The final spending package fully complies with the spending targets agreed to by the Congress and the Administration, by freezing non-defense discretionary spending.

May 8, 2003 Press Release

Washington DC- While watching severe weather once again strike the heartland, Congressman Tom Cole knew that even though the damage could be significant, Oklahomans were prepared and able to face the challenges of rebuilding.