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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Weekly Columns

August 7, 2017 Weekly Columns
In recent years, the geopolitical landscape has dramatically shifted, with past threats reemerging. After nearly a decade shying away from the world stage, hostile regimes feel emboldened and are threatening our safety and way of life. As congressional investigations continue to look into the actions of bad actors around the world, Congress must take action to protect the safety and security
July 31, 2017 Weekly Columns
Since 1958, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has overseen the standards and regulations of the airline industry. In that time, the magnitude and complexity of air travel has increased exponentially.
July 24, 2017 Weekly Columns
This past week, as the House Appropriations Committee considered all twelve bills to fund the government, one of the more significant funding measures was passed.
July 17, 2017 Weekly Columns
For fifty-six years, Congress has consecutively passed a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation authorizes funding and operations for the Department of Defense and military personnel. It is one of Congress’ most basic and fundamental responsibilities.
 
July 10, 2017 Weekly Columns
For more than fifty years the United States has had a contentious and adverse relationship with North Korea. Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, we have maintained a military presence in South Korea and have considered South Korea as a strong ally in the region.
 
July 3, 2017 Weekly Columns
Independence Day has always been one of my favorite national holidays. From the parades, the cookouts, the flags and fireworks, and the outpouring of national pride and patriotism, it's simply a great day to celebrate with family, friends and community. But it's also a time to reflect on our nation's Founding Fathers and documents, and to give thanks to providence for giving us the privilege
June 27, 2017 Weekly Columns
The last time Congress made significant changes in the tax code, Ronald Reagan was president. A lot has changed since then, and it is long overdue for an overhaul of the tax code that reflects our changing economy, trade practices and societal priorities.
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June 19, 2017 Weekly Columns
Since becoming president, Donald Trump has consistently vowed to rebuild our national defense and to improve the services we render to our veterans. Last week, the House of Representatives took the first step for helping the president make good on that promise. When it comes to funding veterans’ programs, our nation spends more on veterans than any other country in the world.
June 12, 2017 Weekly Columns
President Trump has come under fire recently because of his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. I believe he was right to do so. The agreement would have damaged the U.S.
June 5, 2017 Weekly Columns
This week, the House of Representatives will consider legislation that will provide badly needed regulatory relief to community banks, credit unions and consumers. The Financial CHOICE Act (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) will fundamentally alter the Dodd-Frank Act, which was enacted in 2010 in response to the financial crises of 2007-2008.

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