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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Weekly Columns

April 24, 2017 Weekly Columns
This past week marked the twenty second anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. That day is still fresh in my memory.
April 17, 2017 Weekly Columns
For the past sixteen years, the United States has been engaged in several military conflicts, primarily, but not exclusively, in the Middle East. Unfortunately, after eight years of President Obama’s erratic and uninformed foreign policy, the threats to the United States have only grown.
April 10, 2017 Weekly Columns
The sudden and untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016 left an enormous void in our nation’s judicial system. It would not be an overstatement to say he was one of the most consequential justices in American History.
April 3, 2017 Weekly Columns
President Trump and his administration have laid out a very ambitious legislative agenda. Health care reform, border security, tax reform, increased military spending and a massive investment in our nation’s infrastructure are just a few examples of the complex policy changes the Administration is pursuing.
 
March 27, 2017 Weekly Columns
Last week, Congress came very close to delivering on our promise to repeal and replace Obama Care. For the past seven years, Americans have been burdened by this so-called Affordable Care Act, which caused premiums and deductibles to increase, while choices and providers dwindled.
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March 20, 2017 Weekly Columns
Each year, Congress has the responsibility to pass a budget, and then appropriate funds in accordance with that budget to fund the federal government agencies. The process typically starts in February when the President submits his proposed budget. But Congress has no obligation to adhere to the President’s budget or even to put it to a vote.
March 20, 2017 Weekly Columns
Each year, Congress has the responsibility to pass a budget, and then appropriate funds in accordance with that budget to fund the federal government agencies. The process typically starts in February when the President submits his proposed budget. But Congress has no obligation to adhere to the President’s budget or even to put it to a vote.
March 13, 2017 Weekly Columns
In the past seven years, Congress has voted to repeal Obamacare more than 60 times. However, repeal was never successful due to obstructionists in the U.S. Senate and a certain veto by President Obama. With a new President and conservative leadership in Congress, repeal of Obamacare is now well within our reach.
 
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March 6, 2017 Weekly Columns
President Trump was elected in no small degree based on the economic and national security anxieties facing millions of working class Americans. He correctly identified with, and gave voice to, their anger and their frustration. Consequently, the tone of his campaign and the early days of his presidency were not exactly upbeat in tone. However, his Joint Address to Congress last week was a sharp and welcome change.
February 28, 2017 Weekly Columns
This article was originally published in The New York Times on February 28, 2017.
 

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