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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Weekly Columns

February 15, 2017 Weekly Columns
At a time when trust in government is at or near an all-time low, it is critical that Congress and the President do everything we can to ensure that American tax dollars are being well-spent.
February 13, 2017 Weekly Columns
Almost exactly one year ago, our nation lost a true defender of justice and a brilliant legal scholar. Many, including myself, were shocked at the news that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had suddenly passed away. Sadly, his death profoundly shifted the balance of the Supreme Court.
February 7, 2017 Weekly Columns
During the campaign, candidate Donald Trump stated that he was in favor of banning Muslims from coming to the United States. To quote: "Donald J.
January 31, 2017 Weekly Columns
Just a little more than a week after being sworn in, President Trump has proven he is a man of action. He has set a dizzying pace and shown that what he promised on the campaign trail is precisely what he intends to deliver as President. He has also demonstrated that his will be an unorthodox Presidency that will have bipartisan support, and bipartisan opposition.
January 23, 2017 Weekly Columns
As President Trump begins his first 100 days into his presidency, Congress is busy working hand-in-hand with the new administration. Traditionally, the President presents the outlined budget for the next fiscal year in February. This begins the appropriations process to determine how each of our agencies and the entirety of our government are funded.
January 17, 2017 Weekly Columns
Ever since the historic election on November 8, 2016, the United States has gotten a glimpse of what to expect from a Donald Trump Administration. President-elect Trump ran on an unabashedly populist platform that consistently put America first.
January 9, 2017 Weekly Columns
Of all the policy disagreements between President Obama and Congressional Republicans, none have been as persistent or contentious as the debate over health care reform, and Obamacare specifically. So it comes as no surprise that the very first item on President-elect Trump’s agenda is the repeal of President Obama’s signature legislative “accomplishment.”
January 2, 2017 Weekly Columns

This week the 115th Congress will be sworn in and will immediately be faced with a host of challenges and opportunities. I am honored to serve another term as the Representative for the Fourth District of Oklahoma. When I was first elected in 2002, I was proud to serve with a Republican Administration and in the majority party in Congress.

December 27, 2016 Weekly Columns
This past year was one of great change for America. After eight years of President Obama, the American people elected perhaps the most unorthodox candidate in our nation’s history. The nominating process for both parties was unlike any we have ever seen.
December 20, 2016 Weekly Columns

When the 114th Congress began its session in January of 2015, many Americans had concerns about the direction of our nation, and the job approval of their Congressional leaders was appropriately low. After so many years of onerous executive overreach, House Republicans faced many challenges in the fight to block President Obama’s liberal agenda.