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October 1, 2015 News Stories

The Oklahoman - Chris Casteel

Congress averted a government shutdown Wednesday, approving a short-term spending bill just hours before the deadline with strong bipartisan support.

President Barack Obama signed the legislation, which will keep departments funded close to their current levels until Dec. 11, two weeks before Christmas.

September 30, 2015 News Stories

The Hill - Sarah Ferris

A top House Republican is asserting that the short-term government spending bill includes no funding for Planned Parenthood, a last-ditch effort to quell the conservative rebellion threatening the bill's fate.

September 29, 2015 News Stories

PolitiFact - Lauren Carroll

Congress needs to pass a spending bill by Sept. 30, 2015, or there’ll be a government shutdown. Some members of Congress want to leverage this deadline to defund Planned Parenthood.

September 17, 2015 News Stories

The Oklahoman- Chris Casteel

The Obama administration has proposed to pay Indian tribes nearly $1 billion to settle a long-running lawsuit alleging the government failed to pay the costs of running federal programs.

September 11, 2015 News Stories

The Oklahoman - Chris Casteel

Oklahoma business leaders, in town for the State Chamber's annual visit, heard predictions from the state's lawmakers on Thursday about upcoming policy and political battles.

September 7, 2015 News Stories

The Oklahoman - Chris Casteel

Returning after a lengthy summer break, lawmakers are set to wage partisan battles this month over Planned Parenthood and the proposed nuclear deal with Iran, with a break to host the Pope.

"We're going to have a very busy fall," said Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa.

Busy and contentious.

September 6, 2015 News Stories

Lawton Constitution - Kim McConnell

The federal budget will be among the largest problems looming for Congress as members return from their summer recess, Fourth District U.S. Rep. Tom Cole said last week.

September 4, 2015 News Stories

Lawton Constitution - Kim McConnell

Military benefits, health care, immigration top concerns at town hall

Residents asked questions about veteran and other health care benefits and national security during a town hall meeting Thursday sponsored by U.S. Fourth District Congressman Tom Cole.

September 3, 2015 News Stories
By Scott Martin
LAWTON, Okla._Nearly 100 people showed up at the Great Plains Technology Center for a town hall meeting with Representative Tom Cole.
August 30, 2015 News Stories

The Oklahoman - Editorial Board

Under Republican control of Congress, lawmakers have advanced modest but sensible proposals that were previously stymied under Democratic control. Yet many conservative activists decry this as a do-nothing Congress.