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Weekly Columns

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 Hailed as a historic bipartisan achievement, the Protect America Act modernized the out-of-date Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 This policy amended a number of out-of-date intelligence laws and gave our country's intelligence officials the legal ability to use advanced information-gathering techniques to monitor the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.
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.