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Wed
08
Aug
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Medical Cannabis Industry Releases Amended Model Legislation After Public Input

OKLAHOMA CITY – New Health Solutions Oklahoma (NHSO), the trade association representing the state’s medical cannabis industry, has released amended model legislation after receiving nearly 200 public comments and suggestions regarding an earlier draft.

The amended legislation, available for download here, seeks to create a workable legal infrastructure to underpin a safe and responsibly regulated medical cannabis program, as voted into law by the people of Oklahoma.

 

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Wed
01
Aug
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Strengthening Allies and Combating Adversaries in Europe

By: Congressman Tom Cole

Despite much controversy and reporting surrounding the U.S. – Russia summit in Helsinki, Finland, America’s foreign policy with Russia under President Trump’s Administration has been stronger than the previous three administrations. But as the United States continues to fight the advances of Russian aggression, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is being strengthened by the joint actions of the U.S. and its allies. President Trump has taken a strong approach to encourage our NATO allies to increase their forces and invest further to build western end strength.

 

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Wed
25
Jul
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Working Together To End The Opioid Crisis

By: Congressman Tom Cole

The country has been tangled in many debates lately that seem to create partisan divides in our daily conversations. However, it is important to note that there has been serious bipartisan work completed in Congress. Recently, the House has considered and passed multiple pieces of sweeping legislation to address one of the more pressing issues on the home front – the fight against opioid abuse and addiction.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 115 Americans die every day from an opiate overdose – that is one American every 13 minutes. In fact, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.

 

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Wed
18
Jul
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A Good Nominee

By: Congressman Tom Cole

Less than two weeks ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court after three decades of service. Appointed by President Reagan in 1988, Justice Kennedy was one of the court’s conservative voices, though in recent years he has been the deciding “swing vote” in many high-profile cases. Following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, then candidate Donald Trump made it one of his campaign promises to appoint a justice whose judicial philosophy would emulate that of the late Justice’s. After fulfilling his promise with the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch last year, President Trump now has another opportunity to appoint a justice equally committed to the preservation of our constitution.

Wed
18
Jul
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House Democrats Release Statement Calling for Special Session

OKLAHOMA CITY – Minority Leader Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs, released the following statement today after Gov. Mary Fallin signed the emergency rules for State Question 788. The rules, which were passed Tuesday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, forbid “smokeable” marijuana and require a pharmacist to be on staff in medical marijuana dispensaries.

“Today, the House Democratic Caucus stands together to urge Governor Fallin to reverse course and call the legislature into a special session so that we can setup a structure for legal medical marijuana.

 

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Tue
03
Jul
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A Nation Defended Well

By Congressman Tom Cole

As the leader on the global stage, the United States is re-entering an era of military preeminence. Our nation’s military needs to be restored to advance America’s competitive military advantage to rival those of nation’s like China and Russia, as stated in the recent National Defense Strategy. We now believe that the greatest threat to America is not terrorism, but the reemergence of great power rivals like China and Russia. We need a military not only designed to defeat terrorists, but to counter the modern militaries of Russia and China, and regional powers like North Korea and Iran.

 

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Wed
20
Jun
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A First Step To Peace

By: Congressman Tom Cole

What seemed to be once impossible, has finally come to fruition. The President of the United States, Donald Trump, met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last week. For the first time in history, a U.S. President and a North Korean leader met in an official capacity in an effort to strengthen ties and reach a peace agreement. President Trump has achieved something previous Administrations have not been able to do. Bringing North Korea to the negotiating table is an accomplishment, but it is one that has required extraordinary measures to do so.

 

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Wed
13
Jun
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Rep. Cole’s Op-Ed in The Hill: “Title X Funding Changes Will Protect Our Families”

Our Declaration of Independence boldly states that each of us is endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and first among these is the right to life itself. I have always read that powerful statement to include the right of the unborn to life, and throughout my many years of political service, I have striven to be a champion for unborn children and vulnerable minors.

I have used my platform as the chairman of the Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee to advance pro-life language in each bill that is brought to the committee for consideration. Each year, the bill I produce continues the Hyde amendment, which prohibits federal funds from being used to perform abortions, and includes other restrictions to ensure that vulnerable children and minors are not inadvertently exploited using federal dollars.

 

Wed
06
Jun
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Congress Is At The Forefront Of The Fight Against Opioids

By: Congressman Tom Cole

In recent years, our country has been ravaged by a deadly epidemic that is destroying communities and families alike. The opioid crisis has been a devastating battle for Americans young and old, and combatting this epidemic has become one of the most significant challenges facing families and communities across the nation.

Wed
06
Jun
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Funding Strategic Readiness

By: Congressman Tom Cole

With global threats from our near competitors and great-state adversaries, improving our military’s readiness could not come at a more critical time. Congress is committed to funding improved maintenance, readiness, and personnel accounts while providing key oversight on near and long-term procurement programs to build a modern force. After years of budgetary dysfunction, we must recapitalize our military and ensure it remains a superior and effective fighting force across all domains anywhere in the world.

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