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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.
April 14, 2008 Weekly Columns
Over seven months ago General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker each delivered first-hand accounts of the status of the mission in Iraq. Last week those men returned to Congress to give another report to the American people.
April 8, 2008 Weekly Columns
Last week I had the opportunity to join several of my colleagues in a meeting with Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke. During that meeting Chairman Bernanke discussed the importance of the government taking responsible and timely actions to address the problems facing our housing market.
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April 1, 2008 Weekly Columns
It's that time of year again - time for individuals and families to file their yearly tax returns. Those who finished their taxes early are ahead of the curve, but those who have not are scrambling to get their taxes ready to file.
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March 24, 2008 Weekly Columns
As we reflect on the past five years since the beginning of the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is important to recognize the progress that has been made, as well as the enormous sacrifices that were required to make that progress possible.
March 17, 2008 Weekly Columns
In August of last year the Protect America Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. Hailed as a historic bipartisan achievement, the Protect America Act modernized the out-of-date Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
March 12, 2008 Weekly Columns
Several weeks ago I was proud to be part of a bipartisan majority who – recognizing that our economy was beginning to stall – passed a stimulus package designed to get the country back on track by infusing the economy with money in the form of rebates for individual taxpayers and tax incentives for business investment.
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March 3, 2008 Weekly Columns
"Entitlement reform" has become a popular phrase over the past few years. As America's baby-boomer population reaches retirement age, the issue has gotten a lot of attention.
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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.
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.

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