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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Weekly Columns

February 26, 2008 Weekly Columns

Last week I had the opportunity to host two community town hall meetings in the Northern part of the 4th district.  I enjoy these events because it gives me a chance to hold a forum in which citizens can ask me questions and give me their opinions directly.  The two meetings I held in Midwest City and Norman were attended by individuals who asked about legislation and requested federal assistan

February 18, 2008 Weekly Columns

As Spring Break approaches many Oklahomans are preparing to take family vacations, church mission trips or retreat to other sun-filled vacation spots.  Groups are planning their trips outside of the country, but they may not be aware of recent passport changes announced by the Department of State.  It is important that those American citizens traveling out of the United States understand the ne

February 11, 2008 Weekly Columns

In the next few months, soon-to-be high school graduates across the country are going to be weighing their college education options.  One of the most practical deciding factors for most families and students is the cost of tuition at prospective schools.  But the search for an affordable education isn't limited to just high school students.  Adult education programs are being offered by more u

February 5, 2008 Weekly Columns

During his final the State of the Union address last week, the President voiced candid but optimistic words to the American people.  He shared a vision for success and discussed issues that are affecting America's families and businesses.  He focused his words on key areas where the administration and Congress can work together to concentrate on vital concerns such as fully supporting our troop

January 28, 2008 Weekly Columns

In August, Congress acted in a bipartisan fashion to pass a temporary law called the Protect America Act.  This policy amended a number of out-of-date intelligence laws and gave our country's intelligence officials the legal ability to use advanced information-gathering techniques to monitor the communications of dangerous foreign enemies.  The Protect America Act expires soon and at this point

January 22, 2008 Weekly Columns

As we enter the New Year, American families are finding themselves increasingly anxious about the economy.  While we are still in a period of economic growth, that growth has become sluggish.  There are fewer jobs being created and an increasing number of middle-class families are seeing their health care, energy and housing prices increase dramatically.  As the cost of living continues to rise

January 8, 2008 Weekly Columns

In just a little over a year there will be a big change in the way television is broadcast. By February 17, 2009, every television set in America will need to be digital television (DTV) compatible to continue to receive local broadcast programming.

January 3, 2008 Weekly Columns

America's leaders understand that securing a strong and reliable relationship with Pakistan is a critical foreign policy goal. Global terrorism is thriving along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, radical Islamic practices are surging in the area, and most recently, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated.

December 24, 2007 Weekly Columns

Last week Congress finally finished its work for the year and recessed for the Christmas holidays. And while the 2007 congressional scorecard was marked by extreme partisanship, legislative gridlock and political stalemate, I am proud of several accomplishments we were able to achieve in the waning days of the session.

December 18, 2007 Weekly Columns

Early this year a wave of new promises were spouted from behind lecterns at dozens of high-profile political events. It was the sound of a new majority in Congress, expressing its intention to run the most honest and ethical Congress in history.