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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Weekly Columns

July 16, 2008 Weekly Columns

It's no secret that our nation's veterans are enthusiastically using their higher education benefits when they return from service.  In fact, last year over 523,000 American veterans took advantage of government education assistance.

July 7, 2008 Weekly Columns

The traditional tax deadline may have passed - but millions of taxpayers who are eligible to obtain economic stimulus payments have not filed the necessary paperwork to receive them.  Those taxpayers will soon be at risk of losing their stimulus benefits.  In fact, over 79,000 Oklahomans receiving Social Security or veterans' benefits have yet to submit their tax returns. 

June 23, 2008 Weekly Columns

Thomas Paine once said, "The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."  In the past few months two pieces of legislation have been the source of intense debate from both sides of the political aisle.  Finally, after months and months of negotiating, the U.S.

June 17, 2008 Weekly Columns

Last week the Republican members of the U.S. House unveiled an economic agenda designed to lower gas prices, eliminate wasteful government spending and prevent tax increases.  These policies, if enacted, will help fix a broken Washington and support long-term economic growth.         

June 6, 2008 Weekly Columns

When I think about the contrast between the condition of our state and the condition of our country, I am reminded of the famous line from Charles Dickens novel, A Tale of Two Cities, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."           

May 23, 2008 Weekly Columns

As each day goes by, Americans feel the growing pressure caused by steadily increasing energy prices.  Oil is nearing $130 a barrel and gasoline is hovering around $4 per gallon nationally.  In Oklahoma City, gas is forty cents a gallon higher than it was a year ago - the highest price on record for the city.  And as these numbers continue to rise, Congress continues to do nothing to address th

May 19, 2008 Weekly Columns

Last week the nation's Capitol was probably one of the safest places in the country.  It received an extra measure of safety because thousands of law enforcement officials from across the United States came to lobby Congress, honor fallen heroes and participate in other activities that mark the annual National Police Week.  Their presence was truly a reminder of the importance of our nation's l

May 8, 2008 Weekly Columns

Last week the President urged Congress to pass legislation to help curb the rising costs of food worldwide.  For months, Africa, Asia and other parts of the developing world have been experiencing waves of discontent and widespread hunger because of food shortages.  Some have attributed those shortages to the rising use of agricultural resources and land to grow corn for ethanol instead of food

May 1, 2008 Weekly Columns

Earlier this week I spoke with constituents from the Fourth District about a number of national issues that are heavy on the minds of Oklahomans.  There is no doubt that two of the most pressing issues are the price of gasoline and its relation to the overall state of the economy.  On Tuesday the President asked the Congress to send him sensible and effective bills that he could actually sign i

April 21, 2008 Weekly Columns

Memorial Day and summer vacations are just around the corner for many families.  But this year, Oklahomans may find themselves forced to cut down on their drive time to their favorite vacation destinations.  The source of their holiday headaches is the escalating costs of fuel and energy.  And unfortunately, Congress continues to do absolutely nothing to help make America less dependent on fore