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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Transportation

Funding for highways, bridges and other road infrastructure projects are partially funded through user fees paid into the Federal Highway Trust Fund. Cumulatively, since 1956, Oklahoma has received 98 percent of the fees paid into the fund back in allocations from the fund. In recent years, however, Oklahoma has received nearly 130 percent of the fees paid into the Highway Trust Fund.  

The Highway Trust Fund is now close to being depleted because tax collections have declined over time, largely due to change in inflation, reductions in vehicle miles traveled and increased fuel economy standards. In fact, the federal fuel excise tax has not increased since 1993. 

It is important to find a long-term solution to our infrastructure problem. I have introduced legislation with Congressman John Delaney (MD-06) that would create a private infrastructure bank to ensure vital investments are made to our roads. Clearly, the funding sources for the Highway Trust Fund are not adequate enough to keep up with the demands for maintaining and improving our infrastructure. Despite the challenges, I am committed to working to develop transportation and infrastructure solutions that benefit Oklahomans and all Americans.

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February 6, 2018 Weekly Columns
After his first year in the White House, President Trump and his Administration have much of which to be proud. Their accomplishments have delivered actual results, and the country is continuing to reap the benefits of those changes. During his first State of the Union speech, the President reinforced those achievements – many of which will certainly be remembered as signature accomplishments of his Presidency. Looking forward, he outlined an optimistic future for our nation, with a strong legislative agenda for the next year.
 
November 30, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla) and Congressmen Steve Russell (R-Okla.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.), today praised the passage of H.R. 5785, a bill which would ensure the continued safety of our nation’s airways by eliminating an unintended barrier to the hiring and retention of full-time Air Traffic Controller (ATC) Instructors. The bill removes a financial penalty for instructors willing to work full time in training our next generation of air traffic controllers.  

December 8, 2015 Weekly Columns

With just a few short weeks left in the year, I am pleased to report that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in both chambers of Congress are working together to find common ground on issues that matter to the American people. In fact, last week alone brought with it legislative victories that proved the federal government can function under regular order--even when it is divided.  

December 3, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conference Report for the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The legislation provides authorization for five years of funding to maintain and improve the nation’s infrastructure, streamlines surface transportation programs, encourages innovation within the system and ensures the highest level of safety and efficiency for roads, bridges and rails.
December 3, 2015 News Stories

The Oklahoman - Chris Casteel

Congress gave strong bipartisan approval Thursday to a $305 billion highway bill that Oklahoma lawmakers praised for providing certainty to state officials planning critical road and bridge projects.

The bill, which President Barack Obama is expected to sign soon, will set the nation's surface transportation policy for the next five years and provide a boost in funding for highways and mass transit.

November 5, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to reauthorize funding that maintains and improves the nation’s infrastructure, streamlines surface transportation programs, encourages innovation within the system and ensures the highest level of safety and efficiency. The legislation authorizes funding for six years.
June 10, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2577, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2016. The legislation fulfills funding for the nation’s transportation and infrastructure and prioritizes housing projects with the greatest need or participation nationwide.
May 16, 2013 News Stories

The Hill - Kevin Bogardus and Keith Laing

Lawmakers flooded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with letters this spring pleading with the agency to keep open their local contract air traffic control towers, documents obtained by The Hill show.

Roughly 100 letters obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request show members of Congress were “letter marking” on the planned budget cuts from sequestration at the FAA.

April 25, 2013 News Stories
Oklahoma lawmakers criticized the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday for furloughing air traffic controllers and said other actions could have been taken to save money under mandated budget cuts.