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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 Opposes Iran Nuclear Deal
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation this week to oppose and request further information on the nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama Administration and P5+1 with Iran.  Legislation related to the agreement included H. Res 411, H.R. 3461 and H.R. 3460. These measures held that the president has not submitted the complete agreement to Congress for its consideration and that he does not have the authority to lift sanctions on Iran without congressional approval. There was also a vote on approval of the deal, which was defeated 162-269.  “Like most Americans, I am strongly opposed to the nuclear deal with Iran that was negotiated and endorsed by President Obama and sent to Congress for review,” said Cole. “I am encouraged that House Republicans and principled Democrats voted against approval of the deal and to pass other measures requiring the president to provide information re
The Oklahoman: Oklahoma's State Chamber leaders make annual visit to Washington
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. There was interest among the business men and women in the Capitol Hill room about economic matters important to the state — lifting the ban on crude oil exports; the lesser prairie chicken's status under the Endangered Species Act; and the extension of the Export-Import Bank to help companies like Boeing compete worldwide. But they also wanted to talk about the presidential race and, even, the difference between serving in the House and Senate. "I was told when I was leaving the House there were afternoon nap times" in the Senate, said freshman Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City. "I haven't seen that yet." Two of the delegation's most senior members told the business leaders they support the Export-Import Bank as a tool for helping farmers and manufacturers. The bank, an indepen
Cole Remembers September 11
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) remembered the tragedy of September 11, when planes were hijacked by terrorists and crashed into the World Trade Centers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and in a field near Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania.   “On this day, fourteen years ago, our nation was brutally attacked when innocent American lives were prematurely taken by senseless acts of terror,” said Cole. “We remain united in our grief for those who were lost, and we resolve to remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent future acts of aggression against our people and our homeland.”  ### Contact: Sarah Corley (202) 225-6165
A Document for the Ages
In every lifetime and for every generation, there are significant moments that serve as markers and turning points for all the days that follow. Indeed, America has a rich history filled with countless dates of lasting impact. But the most foundational moments are those related to how we became and continue to be the greatest nation on earth.  While the signing of the Declaration of Independence was the marker that set apart the American colonies from the tyrannical rule of the British king, the crafting and eventual ratification of the United States Constitution was the turning point that offered an enduring and unique framework for self-governance. After more than four months of deliberation on September 17, 1787, the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia to finalize and sign this grand document that is still the foundation on which our system of government is built.   As penned by the framers in the opening line, the Constitution’s purpose was to “f

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