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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Weekly Columns

January 8, 2010 Weekly Columns

On Inauguration Day, Barack Obama pledged to “seek a new way forward” in American foreign policy, “based on mutual interest and mutual respect.”  Less than a year later, we received a stark reminder that al Qaeda terrorists have no intention of seeking a new way forward.  The attempted terror attack on Christmas Day made it clear that our enemies remain as determined as ever to kill innocent Am

December 3, 2009 Weekly Columns

Recently, in a prime time address delivered at West Point, President Obama finally announced his long awaited plan for a new strategy in Afghanistan.  I believe the President made a compelling case for why it is absolutely critical that America defeat al Qaeda and prevent its capacity to threaten America and our allies.  The men and women of the Armed Forces are fighting a battle on multiple fr

November 4, 2009 Weekly Columns

This week Speaker Pelosi and her liberal allies in Congress began the final push for their massive government takeover of our health care system.  And in so doing, they made it abundantly clear that they either aren't listening to the American people, or they simply don't care what we have to say. 

September 28, 2009 Weekly Columns

In August I held a series of public town hall meetings and met with doctors, nurses and other health professionals in special health care forums.  During those meetings, an overwhelming majority of attendees expressed deep concerns with H.R.

July 15, 2009 Weekly Columns

Last week President Obama and his liberal Democratic allies in Congress announced plans for a government takeover of America's health care industry.  This plan will cost more than a trillion dollars and will be paid for by tax increases and costly mandates on small business owners and by cuts to Medicare.  And if you are among the over 250 million Americans who currently have health insurance,

June 10, 2009 Weekly Columns

This week Congress is gearing up to consider a troop funding bill.  This legislation, an emergency War Supplemental, will provide the resources needed by the men and women serving in the Armed Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.  But members of House leadership have taken the military funding bill and piled on an additional $108 billion for the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  I believe that if

May 12, 2009 Weekly Columns

Most Americans agree that our country must do more to achieve energy independence and to produce cleaner sources of energy.  There are steps we need to implement over time to change the way we use energy and reduce our use of some types of carbon-based fuels.  But if a radical proposal being organized by the President and liberals in Congress becomes law, American families and businesses will s

May 5, 2009 Weekly Columns

Our nation's troubled financial industry has spurred calls for greater transparency, tougher accounting rules and greater oversight by federal regulatory agencies.  Given what we now know about the irresponsible - and sometimes criminal - behavior of the executives of many of these institutions, such calls are justified.  But there is another, larger, more powerful and less transparent institut

April 22, 2009 Weekly Columns

During the past two weeks I hosted a series of town halls throughout the Fourth District.  These meetings were an important opportunity for me to listen, take questions and provide answers directly to my constituents.

March 30, 2009 Weekly Columns

The nation's capitol has recently been caught up in controversy surrounding Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and American International Group (AIG).  In what many are calling "bonus-gate," it was revealed that after receiving an additional thirty billion dollars in government bail out funds, AIG awarded 169 million dollars in bonuses to their top executives.  The public outrage over this caused

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