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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Weekly Columns

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 That bill amended out-of-date intelligence laws while providing America's intelligence community the legal justification to pursue new ways to gather information and monitor the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.

October 1, 2007 Weekly Columns

Last week Columbia University in New York City invited the President of Iran to speak before students and faculty during a World Leaders Forum. While speaking at the event, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke in a manner that gave frightening insight into the mind of a reckless leader who appears to be seeking the materials to create nuclear weapons.

September 25, 2007 Weekly Columns

At the end of this month, the government will reach its annual deadline to fund the federal government for the next fiscal year. Here in the House of Representatives, we have passed all twelve of the required appropriations bills. On the Senate side, however, they have only passed four.

September 17, 2007 Weekly Columns

Last week, two of America's most respected leaders in Iraq, General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, delivered a report on the progress and status of the war in Iraq.  The report indicated that there have been substantial successes and that the recent troop surge has worked to increase security in the country.  And, though there is still much to be done in Iraq, the General and the A

September 10, 2007 Weekly Columns

A critical deadline is approaching that will affect Oklahomans traveling by air within the Western Hemisphere. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that anyone leaving the U.S. on or after October 1st will be required to show their passport to reenter the country.

September 3, 2007 Weekly Columns

Next week Congress will receive the long awaited and eagerly anticipated progress report from General David Petraeus regarding the impact of the recently enacted “surge” in Iraq.  As the Commander of the multi-nation force in Iraq, General Petraeus is in a unique position to help craft American policy in Iraq.  And as one of our nation’s most highly respected soldiers, with a reputation for hon

August 27, 2007 Weekly Columns

Over the past two weeks I have seen several exciting developments that are coming to the Fourth District of Oklahoma. In fact, last week I attended the kick-off ceremony in the future home of the Non-Line of Sight Cannon (NLOS-C) integration facility. The location in Elgin was chosen collectively by the U.S. Army, Boeing and BAE Systems as the site for this integration facility.