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ENG: Thomas Jeffery Cole (born April 28, 1949) is the U.S. Representative for Oklahoma's 4th congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. He is a Deputy Minority Whip. The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) from 2006 to 2008, he was, during his tenure, the fourth-ranking Republican leader in the House. As of 2010, Cole—a member of the Chickasaw Nation—is the only registered Native American in Congress. Early life, education, and educating career Although born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Cole is a fifth-generation Oklahoman, having been raised in Moore, Oklahoma. He graduated from Grinnell College in 1971 with a B.A. in history. His postgraduate degrees include an M.A. from Yale University (1974) and a ...
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Cole Statement on Defense Strategy Announcement

Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after President Obama announced new defense strategy priorities in remarks at the Pentagon: "These changes will make America weaker, not stronger. We are cutting defense spending and the size of our armed forces because the Obama administration is overspending in other areas, not because we have a military that is too large or overfunded. "We still live in a very dangerous world that won't be safer with fewer American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. Moreover, the reductions in the size of our ground forces will force the United ...

Congressman Tom Cole Weighs in on Health Care, Troop Surge

Dozens of Oklahomans weighed in on issues from health care to soldiers overseas at a town hall meeting Saturday inChickasha with Representative Tom Cole. Cole gave his views on the current happenings in Washington during a town hall meeting Saturday and said as a former college instructor, he would give the Administration a "D" if he had to grade their progress when it comes to hot topics from the war to health care. Cole said when the House narrowly passed the landmark health care bill last month, health care reform took a giant step backward. "I think what we have is still not acceptable ...

Cole Statement on Keystone Pipeline Announcement

Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the White House announced it is rejecting plans to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline: "President Obama's decision to block the Keystone pipeline is indefensible. This is a purely political move that puts the president's campaign ahead of the urgent need to create American jobs. Years of extensive study show that Keystone will be just as environmentally safe as the many other pipelines already crisscrossing the nation. ... Source: cole.house.gov

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Cole Supports Zika Vector Control Act
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives this week passed H.R. 897, the Zika Vector Control Act. The legislation temporarily suspends a duplicative permit for spraying entities currently required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) since pesticides are already regulated by the Federal Fungicide, Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Removing this duplicative permit requirement makes it easier for entities to immediately spray for and control mosquitoes in order to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.  “I am pleased that House Republicans again proved their commitment to responsibly fighting the Zika virus by passing the Zika Vector Control Act,” said Cole. “In the midst of a national health emergency, this legislation is a commonsense measure that quickens mosquito control efforts by empowering spraying entities to kill mosquitoes without being unnecessarily
Cole Op-Ed in USA Today: Don’t worry, we’ll fund Zika fight
USA Today - Congressman Tom Cole Rest assured. The Zika emergency response will be funded, and immediate needs are already being funded. The issue now is whether the funding will be paid for or irresponsibly added to the national credit card. That’s where Republicans disagree with Democrats and the administration. Republicans believe that when resources already exist to confront an emergency, we should use them. That’s why the House approach to Zika uses funds designated for Ebola and other infectious diseases. Sadly, Democrats claim that Republicans are heartlessly raiding the Ebola crisis fund. Remember though, when Congress appropriated nearly $5.5 billion, that money was for multiple years. Further, it wasn’t clear whether it was too much or not enough. Today’s reality is that even after shifting funds from Ebola to deal with Zika, the fund still has more than $1.46 billion in it. Since additional funds used for Zika will be repaid, that’s more than enough to finan
Cole Appointed to Conference Committee to Confront Zika
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after he was appointed by Speaker Paul Ryan to serve on a bipartisan conference committee. Cole will be one of eight House Republican lawmakers tasked with finalizing comprehensive legislation to confront Zika and prevent its spread. In addition, the conference committee is tasked with negotiating legislation to fund new and ongoing military infrastructure projects and programs, assistance and benefits to serve our nation’s veterans.  “There is no disagreement that we must provide adequate funds to respond to Zika. It’s the funding mechanism for doing so that remains an area of contention between Republicans and the Administration” said Cole. “As we begin this important work in conference, I am hopeful that conferees on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of Congress will waste no time in finding common ground for confronting the virus and preventing its spread.” Upon appointing the
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Our veterans, who have served during times of war and peace, have made tremendous sacrifices for our nation. They are defenders of liberty and have ensured all Americans can continue to enjoy freedom and security. Considering the wide extent of selfless service rendered by current and past service members and their families, it was shocking and inexcusable that Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald recently chose to make light of excessive waiting periods experienced by veterans in need of care.   While speaking at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Secretary McDonald shamefully compared waiting for care at the VA to waiting in line at Disney amusement parks. He explained, “When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is, what’s your satisfaction with the experience. And what I would like to move to, eventually, is that kind of measure.”  I am amazed that Secret

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