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World
9:02 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Cole: More Than Sanctions Needed To Stabilize Eastern Europe

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The White House has called for an unimpeded international investigation into the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine. 

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) says the suspected surface-to-air missile attack on the passenger plane shows that President Obama's announcement this week to impose more sanctions on Russia isn't enough to ease the conflict in Eastern Europe.

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Immigration
12:54 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Immigrant Children Could Be Housed At Fort Sill Until 2015, Rep. Cole Says

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U.S. Rep. Tom Cole says federal officials want to expand the use of military facilities like Fort Sill to house an increasing number of children from Central America who are caught trying to enter the country illegally.

The Republican from Moore said in a statement Friday that the Department of Health and Human Services wants to increase its capacity for the number of children being held at temporary shelters and extend the use of facilities until 2015.

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Supreme Court
1:33 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Oklahoma Congressmen Praise Hobby Lobby Ruling

The Oklahoma Congressional Delegation
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Members of Oklahoma's Republican congressional delegation are praising the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in a case involving Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby.

U.S. Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe issued statements Monday in support of the court's decision and praising the company's owners, the Green family. U.S. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, Tom Cole, and James Lankford also hailed the ruling as one in favor of religious liberty.

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Primary Elections
12:21 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Oklahoma Incumbents Look To Avoid A 'Cantor Redux'

(L-R): U.S. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, Markwayne Mullin, James Lankford, Tom Cole, and Frank Lucas at the Oklahoma Press Association's congressional delegation panel June 14.
U.S. Rep. James Lankford Facebook

Three incumbent Oklahoma congressmen are working to avoid upsets in the June 24 primary as their challengers take hope following an upset in Virginia.

Republican Reps. Tom Cole, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin each face challengers in the primary that comes two weeks after former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in the Virginia primary to economics professor Dave Brat.

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Immigration
8:05 am
Fri June 20, 2014

VIDEO: Cole Introduces Unaccompanied Minors Amendment To FY '15 Defense Bill

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) introduced an amendment to the fiscal year 2015 Defense Appropriations Act Thursday that would prohibit using military bases to house the recent wave of unaccompanied minors who have arrived in United States.

On Friday, Cole and several other House leaders sent a letter to President Obama opposing his handling of of the situation, and calling on him to deter a rising tide of undocumented immigrants coming over the border.

Cole's Fourth Congressional District includes Fort Sill, where nearly 600 children are being housed - mostly teenagers from Central America detained while trying to enter the United States illegally.

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Illegal Immigration
8:58 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Cole: Fort Sill Not The Place To House Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants

Infantry barracks at Fort Sill, Okla.
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The Department of Homeland Security expects as many as 60,000 unaccompanied child immigrants will illegally enter the United States in the coming year.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole says he's disappointed Fort Sill will house about 600 of those unaccompanied minors. The six-term Republican's Fourth Congressional District includes the Lawton military installation.

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Oklahoma News
12:26 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

SLIDESHOW: Hundreds Gather For Tornado Anniversary, Hospital Groundbreaking

The Moore Fire Department Honor Guard rings a bell to honor each of the 25 victims of the May 20, 2013 tornado.
Kate Carlton The Oklahoma Tornado Project

Local and state officials gathered Tuesday morning in Moore to honor the 24 people killed and hundreds injured May 20, 2013 when a tornado struck the city.

Gov. Mary Fallin said thousands of Oklahomans went above and beyond the call of duty last year, but singled out educators from Briarwood and Plaza Towers Elementary Schools.

"Our teachers who used their own bodies as a shield, to help save children, to help protect children,” Fallin said. “Our teachers are our heroes."

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Oklahoma News
12:38 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Statue Of Chickasaw Storyteller Dedicated In Chickasha

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.-4) speaking at the dedication ceremony for a statue of his great aunt, Chickasaw storyteller and artist Te Ata.
Jessica Jackson University of Science of Arts of Oklahoma

Congressman Tom Cole says Chickasaw storyteller Te Ata Thompson Fisher should be credited for keeping Native American culture and identity alive when it wasn't always easy.

Cole, who is Fisher's great nephew, spoke Friday at the dedication of a bronze statue of Fisher at the University of Science and Arts inOklahoma in Chickasha.

Fisher attended Oklahoma College for Women — now USAO— before becoming a world-renowned Chickasaw storyteller and an actress.

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Water
1:57 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Oklahoma Delegation Supports Three Rivers Study

Aerial view of the Newt Graham Lock and Dam on the Verdigris River in Wagoner County, Oklahoma, USA. The lock and dam are part of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, which provides for barge navigation on the Arkansas River and some of its tributaries.
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Oklahoma's entire congressional delegation has announced support for the so-called "Three Rivers Study" of the area at the confluence of the Arkansas, Mississippi, and White Rivers.

The area is the starting point of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, which runs through both states.

The study would investigate ongoing threats to navigation and bottomland hardwoods at the confluence of the rivers in southeastern Arkansas.

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Defense Cuts
1:08 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Defense Budget Could Force Cuts To Tinker AWACS Reservists

A United States Air Force AWACS does touch and go's over Midwest City - October 2013.
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A reserve unit housed at Tinker Air Force Base that performs Airborne Warning and Control System missions would be deactivated if lawmakers pass the fiscal year 2015 defense budget.

The 513th Air Control Group partners with active duty military to provide crews and personnel during the AWACS missions. Unit commander Col. David Robinson says 345 citizen Airmen would be affected by the cuts.

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