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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Weekly Columns

March 17, 2009 Weekly Columns

Democrats in Congress recently introduced the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), a bill more accurately described as "card check" legislation.  The bill is a payback for years of big labor lobbying from unions and labor activists' groups.  Those groups have taken their case to Capitol Hill claiming that card check legislation is necessary to protect workers' free choice of whether or no

March 9, 2009 Weekly Columns

Coming on the heels of a $789 billion stimulus package, and a $410 billion Omnibus spending bill, President Obama has now presented the nation with the largest federal budget in our nation's history.  The staggering $3.5 trillion budget proposal will raise taxes, grow the size of government and increase our deficits over the next ten years.

February 17, 2009 Weekly Columns

In late January, the Democrat Members of the House of Representatives brought forth a so-called stimulus bill with a price tag of nearly $820 billion dollars.  I voted against this legislation, as did each and every other Republican Member of Congress.  While our economy is certainly in need of stimulation, most economists agree that the best way to achieve this is by cutting taxes and making i

February 5, 2009 Weekly Columns

The last several weeks have seen a whirlwind of Presidential appointments and Senate confirmations to many of the federal government's top posts.  While most of the President's nominations have survived the scrutiny, several others have turned belly-up during the process.  Three individuals in particular, Tom Daschle, Nancy Killefer and Tim Geithner, have all been tainted by tax problems during

January 28, 2009 Weekly Columns

We are facing a global recession and a federal response is needed.  But the so-called stimulus package that was recently passed busts the federal budget while doing next-to-nothing to truly stimulate our economy.  Congress just spent 300 percent more on this legislation than was spent in all of World War II, and a staggering 1200 percent more than was spent during the New Deal.  And while the l

January 6, 2009 Weekly Columns

Recently I returned from an official trip to Iraq and Afghanistan.  I was honored to spend time with men and women from our Armed Forces and listen to their experiences serving overseas during wartime.  And after having those conversations, meeting with foreign leaders and visiting our military bases, it is clear to me that sustainable progress has been made in Iraq.  In fact, it has set the st

December 18, 2008 Weekly Columns

On February 17, 2005, Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean noticed a suspicious van attempting to cross the border from Mexico into Texas. The agents took steps to apprehend the van which caused the driver of the van, Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, to jump out of the vehicle and flee on foot back towards Mexico.

December 8, 2008 Weekly Columns

As Congress returns to Capitol Hill this week, a divisive issue that was put on hold before Thanksgiving has reemerged.  Three Detroit-headquartered automakers - Chrysler, Ford and General Motors - have asked members of Congress to consider giving them a multi-billion dollar bailout.  Even though the current economic crisis has increased the burden on American automakers, these so called "Big T

November 11, 2008 Weekly Columns

In less than 99 days American television is going to go through a major change.  On February 17, 2009, over-the-air broadcast channels will be distributed exclusively in a digital format.  This means that televisions that are not digital television (DTV) compatible will not receive programming.  This change will affect over 70 million American televisions and with less than 100 days until the t

October 27, 2008 Weekly Columns

There's no time in our lives when we are more acutely aware of our dependence on energy than during a power outage.  If and when a blackout occurs, most of us find our everyday lives grinding to a halt.  In truth, we've oriented our lives around things that require a power source - whether it's the television, computers or the lamps overhead that provide us light to see the world around us.  Si

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