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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Weekly Columns

December 14, 2007 Weekly Columns

Millions of people from across the world make the trek to Hawaii to see Pearl Harbor, a place that is now serene, showing little resemblance of its harsh past. For over fifty years, Americans have visited the resting place of the U.S.S. Arizona, the battleship that carried the most men lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

December 4, 2007 Weekly Columns

Shakespeare wrote "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." Right now, the international stage of world politics is chock-full of different players and powers. And, unfortunately, several of these players are dangerously unstable.

November 26, 2007 Weekly Columns

This Thanksgiving, I was grateful for the opportunity to sit around a table surrounded by my family to laugh, talk and give thanks for all of the blessings we have been given.  I know that many other Oklahomans celebrated their traditions this Thanksgiving as well.  But, I also recognize that there are men and women who spent the holidays overseas, away from their families, serving in Iraq, Afg

November 19, 2007 Weekly Columns

As the holidays are approaching, Oklahomans are preparing to gather together with their families and friends around warm fires, busy kitchens and TV's dedicated to weekend football.  While each of these activities are meant to help us celebrate and enjoy fellowship with our loved ones, the high cost of energy - particularly gasoline, is placing an added burden on some families that could preven

November 12, 2007 Weekly Columns

Last week I had the opportunity to speak at an Oklahoma Centennial reception held at the Old Executive Office Building of the White House. I was joined at the podium by other members of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation as well as key members of the Centennial Commission.

November 5, 2007 Weekly Columns

It seems like families are feeling the financial pinch more than ever these days.  With the costs at the gas-pump climbing, college tuition rates getting higher and the price of consumer goods rising, the last thing Americans need is to see more of their paycheck taken by the government.  Unfortunately, last week the Ways and Means Committee chairman brought a massive tax proposal to the house

October 29, 2007 Weekly Columns

Last weekend I was able to take a trip to Kuwait, Iraq and Germany with three other members of Congress.  I began my trip with a visit to the troop entry-exit point at Camp Arifjan.  The facility there is the access point from where our forces will exit as troop draw-downs occur in the future.  There are currently twenty combat brigades serving in Iraq and the structure at Arifjan can safely ha

October 22, 2007 Weekly Columns

In August Congress passed the bipartisan Protect America Act, a piece of legislation that has helped make America safer by closing a dangerous gap in our intelligence structure. That bill amended out-of-date intelligence laws while providing America's intelligence community the legal justification to pursue new ways to gather information and monitor the communications of foreign enemies.

October 16, 2007 Weekly Columns

Of all the inventions of this era, it is arguable that none have left a more significant impression than the Internet. Every day, hundreds of millions of people access the Internet to exchange e-mail, check their local news and make purchases. There is no question that the Internet has become a critical tool of commerce in the nation.

October 8, 2007 Weekly Columns

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Standing Bear Museum and Education Center dedication in Ponca City. The museum, which will house an extensive collection of Native American artifacts, is named for the Ponca tribe's Chief Standing Bear, a brave man who fought for Indian civil rights many years ago. His story, which has become legend, deserves to be retold.