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Politics and Government
9:29 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Cole, Inhofe Want To See More Democratic Progress From Cuba Before Lifting Sanctions

A street in Havana, Cuba in March 2014
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Two members of Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation have voiced their concerns after President Obama’s Wednesday announcement of steps to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) says he strongly opposes lifting the embargo against the Communist country. The state's senior Republican senator says he doesn't expect to see freedom of speech or free elections in Cuba, and said he would oppose any efforts to lift sanctions on the island nation if they come to the Senate floor.

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Federal Spending
6:25 am
Thu December 11, 2014

VIDEO: Cole Voices Support For Omnibus Spending Bill Ahead Of Thursday House Vote

A House vote is expected Thursday on a huge $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill that would fund every corner of the federal government.

Democrats have erupted over a provision that weakens the regulation of risky financial instruments and another that allows more money to flood into political parties. At the same time, conservatives are unhappy that the bill fails to challenge President Barack Obama's immigration policy.

“While I can point out a lot of things on this that I don’t particularly like, or that I know other members will have objections to, I usually ask them, ‘Well, what’s your alternative?’,” U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) said Wednesday during a House Rules Committee hearing. “And it’s almost never realistic.”

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Politics
12:41 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Rep. Tom Cole Named Chairman Of Powerful Subcommittee

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Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cole is taking over as chairman of a powerful appropriations subcommittee in the U.S. House.

The seven-term congressman from Moore was named Thursday as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

The subcommittee has broad jurisdiction and oversees funding for several major agencies, including the Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor. This includes oversight of related agencies that deal with Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

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Immigration
9:05 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Lankford, Cole Critical Of Possible Executive Action On Immigration

U.S. Rep. and Senator-elect James Lankford
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President Obama says he understands some Republicans disagree there’s a need to fix immigration laws, but U.S. Rep. and Senator-elect James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) says his party has offered to work with the president for nearly two years.

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World
9:16 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Four Of Five Oklahoma Congressmen Vote To Arm Syrian Rebels

Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation.
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U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine was the only member of Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation to vote against President Obama's request to train and arm rebels fighting Islamic State militants in Syria.

Bridenstine says that if the Islamic State is deemed a threat, the United States should "eliminate it," not train and arm rebels.

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Politics and Government
11:25 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Oklahoma's Congressional Delegation Reacts To President's Islamic State Address

Speaking from the State Floor in the White House on September 10, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation on the situation in Iraq and the United States’ strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL, a terrorist organization.
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U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) says he would vote to give President Obama any authority and resources he needs to address the growing threat from the Islamic State.

“I have no doubt that such authorization would be overwhelmingly supported by both houses of Congress and on both sides of the aisle,” Cole said in a statement. “Americans, our friends and our enemies need to see the president and Congress united in their determination to destroy this very dangerous foe.”

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Politics and Government
6:44 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Cole: Consistent Presidential Overreach, But Impeachment Not Appropriate

President Obama and FEMA head Craig Fugate meet with Moore mayor Glenn Lewis, Gov. Mary Fallin, and U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) after the May 20, 2013 tornado.
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All five members of Oklahoma's House delegation voted Wednesday to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama that would accuse him of violating the Constitution by exceeding his executive powers.

The suit will contend that Obama has exceeded his constitutional powers in the way he has enforced the 2010 health care law. The vote was 225 to 201.

Speaking during a House Rules Committee hearing Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) said the president has shown a consistent pattern of unilaterally changing laws on his own - from the Affordable Care Act to environmental issues.

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Politics and Government
7:57 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Congressman Tom Cole To Host Town Hall Meetings

U.S. Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK4)
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Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) will host three town hall meetings across the Fourth District of Oklahoma in the month of August.

He invites constituents and members of the press to join him as he speaks in Frederick, Newcastle and Purcell, providing an update on the issues facing the district and answering questions from the audience.

Tuesday, August 5 at noon Banc First Conference Center 201 S. Main Street Frederick, OK 73542

Tuesday, August 26 at 5:30 p.m. Newcastle Community Center 705 NW 10th Street Newcastle, OK 73065

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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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