WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Tom Cole voted today for the Manufacturing Technology Competitiveness Act (H.R. 3598) that would strengthen existing federal research and development efforts in manufacturing by reauthorizing the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). This legislation passed in the House by a voice vote.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Don Nickles and Congressman Tom Cole praised the passage of legislation that will correct a bureaucratic error and allow Lindita Idrizi Heath, a young refugee from Kosovo who was adopted by an Oklahoma family, to live in the United States as a citizen. That bill, S. 103, received voice vote approval in the House yesterday. The Senate approved the bill last year.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Tom Cole voted for legislation this morning that focuses on the most fundamental budget problem: spending. The Spending Control Act of 2004 restores Budget Act spending controls with the force of law and backs them with automatic spending cuts if the controls are breached.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Cole announced today that the Energy and Water Appropriations legislation passed today in the House included over $17 million in projects for Oklahoma. The list of projects includes funds for a study at Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer and construction at the Lawton Wastewater Rehabilitation Project.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Tom Cole voted for a bill today that will increase the maximum amount of home loan guarantee available to veterans. The Veteran’s Housing Affordability Act, H.R. 4345, passed today in the House.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Cole voted today for the FY2005 Defense Appropriations Bill, H.R. 4613, that increases funding for the Department of Defense and provides the resources necessary for the troops to fight the Global War on Terrorism. Congressman Cole was able to secure $18 million in funding for Oklahoma projects in this legislation.
Washington DC- Congressman Tom Cole applauded new job numbers that show that Oklahoma's unemployment rate dropped by 0.5 percentage points over the last month. Oklahoma's unemployment rate is now 4.3 percent, which is 1.3 percent lower than the nationwide unemployment rate.
Washington DC- Congressman Cole today voted for the 2005 Homeland Security funding package. This plan will provide first responders with the tools they need to protect the nation’s citizens, borders and communications systems. H.R. 4567 passed in the House by 400-5.
Washington DC- Congressman Tom Cole voted today for The American Jobs Creation Act of 2003, H.R. 4520. The bill will enhance the competitiveness of U.S.-based companies, particularly those engaged in exporting and manufacturing. This legislation, which passed in the House today by a vote of 251-178, is vital to continued economic growth in Oklahoma and across the United States.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Cole spoke in favor of H.R. 4517, the Refinery Revitalization Act of 2004 on the House floor today. This legislation which, provides incentives to increase our nation’s refining capacity for gasoline, diesel fuel, home heating oil and jet fuel, passed in the House, 239-192.
Following are his remarks on the House floor: