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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Weekly Columns

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.

July 30, 2008 Weekly Columns

A new piece of legislation is being considered by the Armed Services and Judiciary committees that would irresponsibly amend the federal judicial code to allow detained, enemy combatants to apply for writs of habeas corpus.  Habeas corpus is a Latin term that refers to the right every American citizen has for access to the court system to determine their guilt or innocence.

July 21, 2008 Weekly Columns

While Americans continue to pay ever increasing prices for gasoline, House and Senate leaders continue to block real solutions and instead appear to have adopted the policy of "pay more - drive less." What this absurd policy assumes is that only the people who have a significant daily commute are hurt by these high prices.  In reality, every family is impacted by these hig