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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Weekly Columns

October 15, 2008 Weekly Columns

Much is being made in the news lately of the uncovering of massive, multi-state, multi-election cycle voter fraud, perpetrated by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, also known as ACORN.  In just the past year and a half ACORN claims to have registered 1.3 million new voters.  Normally this would be a good thing - we should encourage greater participation in our political

October 6, 2008 Weekly Columns

Last week both the House and Senate passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.   As you may imagine, this was the most difficult vote I have ever been asked to cast as an elected official.  Lyndon Johnson once said that "doing the right thing isn't hard, knowing the right thing to do is."   In the past few weeks I have heard from thousands of my constituents, and most - but by no

September 30, 2008 Weekly Columns

During a time of war, keeping tactical communications veiled from enemies is critically important.  In World War I a special group of individuals were in charge of keeping the United States' tactical messages a secret from the enemy.  These men were Native American code talkers who used a code based heavily on their native languages to stealthily transmit messages during wartime.  The communica

September 23, 2008 Weekly Columns

Time is running out - that is, the amount of time Congress has left to tackle a host of looming issues before the end of its legislative calendar.  Last week, House Democrats approved a sham energy bill that locked up more of our American energy resources under the auspices of "real" energy reform.  This legislation was little more that a political dodge intended to create the impression that C

September 8, 2008 Weekly Columns

Every year Americans travel over three trillion miles on the nation's roads.  All of that traveling not only leads to wear and tear on our vehicles it also greatly affects the quality of our highways and bridges.  Unfortunately, one of the institutions created to fund repairs and maintenance of the Interstate Highway System, the Highway Trust Fund, is gravely underfunded.  With our streets gett

September 3, 2008 Weekly Columns

Unpredictable weather is a reality in our state.  And although weather-related incidents are not the only things we need to be prepared for, they are certainly among the most common in Oklahoma.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated September as National Preparedness Month.  And given the fact that Oklahoma ranks fourth among all fifty states when it comes to declared disast

August 27, 2008 Weekly Columns

Every September, most Americans take an extra day to relax, visit extended family or take one last trip to the lake before their children's school year is fully back in swing.  This extra day of vacation is Labor Day, a day that most Americans are able to enjoy, but few know the purpose of observing.  The Department of Labor defines Labor Day as a "yearly national tribute to the contributions w

August 11, 2008 Weekly Columns

Last week I was pleased to host an energy summit in Norman with experts from across the state who shared their ideas and insights about Oklahoma's current energy situation and how our state can continue to be among the nation's leaders when it comes to energy innovation.  These experts were from diverse fields, representing nuclear energy, wind power, petroleum, and natural gas - just to name a

August 4, 2008 Weekly Columns

While citizens across the country go bargain-hunting for the “cheapest” gas prices in their areas, Speaker Pelosi and other members of House leadership have collectively put up their “will return after 5-weeks vacation” signs.  Sound inconceivable?  It should be, but, unfortunately, it is all too true.  As America’s families, small businesses and farmers struggle to afford gasoline, Nancy Pelos

July 30, 2008 Weekly Columns

On June 26, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal appeals court decision that the gun ban in Washington, D.C.