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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Weekly Columns

February 19, 2020 Weekly Columns
The worsening spread and global impact of the coronavirus continues to be at the center of news coverage. While there is certainly cause for concern, I am encouraged that the United States is better prepared than it has been in recent memory to combat this mysterious infectious disease.
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February 18, 2020 Weekly Columns
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that Americans’ life expectancy rose for the first time since 2014. Two of the main reasons were declines in the number of deaths from drug overdoses and cancer.
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February 11, 2020 Weekly Columns
Last week, President Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. Focused on what he dubbed the “Great American Comeback,” the president’s speech rightly touted the tremendous results of his leadership during the last three years.
February 4, 2020 Weekly Columns
When it comes to matters of war, you might have heard of something called an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF). In recent days following Iranian aggression and the President Trump’s use of defensive force, there has been a lot of attention paid to prior authorizations and the U.S. military’s ongoing presence in the Middle East.
January 31, 2020 Weekly Columns
While it’s still too soon to know if the coronavirus will become a pandemic, Americans should take some comfort: Thanks to the bipartisan foresight of Congress and lessons learned in the past five years, the U.S. is in better shape today than at any other time in recent memory to confront a major public-health crisis.
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January 27, 2020 Weekly Columns
As a former educator, I understand how important it is for our children to have access to a quality education. And when it comes to educating our young people in the United States, we are fortunate to have numerous options to ensure the best results and learning for every child.
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January 23, 2020 Weekly Columns
Even though House Democrats voted to impeach the president last month on December 18, it wasn’t until January 15 that action was taken to initiate the Senate trial, which has now begun in earnest. It’s important to remember that this needless delay came after an incredibly rushed and partisan process in the House, during which Democrats continually called impeachment an “urgent” matter of national security.
January 13, 2020 Weekly Columns
Earlier this month, the Pentagon announced that the U.S. military and intelligence communities were successful in taking out terrorist leader General Qasem Soleimani during an airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq. Soleimani was more than a bad actor. He was a designated terrorist for 13 years, but his terrible record encompassed decades.
January 7, 2020 Weekly Columns

This week, lawmakers in both chambers of Congress return for the first legislative session week in the calendar year. While a new year often ushers in hopeful anticipation about what can be achieved over the next 12 months, it’s important to remember that the divided government which shaped 2019 will continue to influence 2020.

December 31, 2019 Weekly Columns

Just over two years ago, President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law. Since then, Americans are not only getting to keep more of their hard-earned money as promised, but the economy is clearly booming as a result of the president’s continual focus on pro-growth policies. Indeed, there are numerous signs that the country is better off and that the best is still ahead. 

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