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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.

Wed
30
May
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Cole Applauds Passage of NDAA for Fiscal Year 2019

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. It passed in the House by a vote of 351-66 with Cole’s support.

This legislation provides the necessary funding for the Department of Defense and is consistent with President Trumps commitment to rebuild our military and improve readiness. It supports the back-log in aircraft maintenance and improve sustainment and logistics, which is a key mission at Tinker Air Force Base.

 

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Wed
30
May
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For the Children: OICA to Release Lawmaker Report Cards and Candidate Surveys

By OICA CEO Joe Dorman

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) is in the process of compiling and publishing a report card on the actions of the Oklahoma Legislature as it pertains to childhood well-being. Our report card delves into policies dealing with foster care issues, criminal justice reform and improvements within systems of government aimed at boosting the state’s child welfare rankings. OICA reviewed more than 20 bills, with 19 of those being signed into law by Governor Fallin. We will have those results available at oica.org by June 1 for your consideration.

We also tracked two additional bills that will not be on the scorecard as they did not advance far enough in the Legislature to receive a final vote.

 

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Wed
16
May
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Rep. John Bennett Thanks Governor for Signing Ten Commandments Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. John Bennett today thanked Gov. Mary Fallin for signing a bill that will allow the display of the Ten Commandments alongside other historically significant founding documents on public property.

“House Bill 2177 doesn’t mandate the display of the commandments it only allows them to be shown alongside documents such as the U.S. or Oklahoma Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta or others in state buildings, public schools or on other public property,” said Bennett, R-Sallisaw.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Oklahoma State Senate

State Senator Chris Kidd Senate District 31

(Comanche, Cotton, Jefferson, Stephens and Tillman counties)

May 7, 2018 As many of you know, state budgets for the last few years have been deficient resulting in drastic cuts, revenue failures, and budget shortfalls.

The last year and a half, we have worked tirelessly to correct Oklahoma’s budget. This is not an easy fix but a multi-faceted approach. This past year, we have made tremendous headway in putting Oklahoma on a firm foundation.

One area we focused on in correcting the budget was our state agencies. By passing several budget limit bills, we now have more legislative oversight of agency spending to ensure taxpayer dollars are being used responsibly and efficiently.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Irrigation System, Design Necessary for Specialty Crops

ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Research Institute researchers and Irrigation Mart representatives will host an Irrigation Systems and Design in Specialty Crops Workshop, from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 22, at the Noble Research Institute Protected Ag Area, located on the main campus in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

This program is tailored to fruit, vegetable and pecan growers who are looking to improve their production systems through irrigation.

 

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Wed
25
Apr
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Addressing Syria

By: Congressman Tom Cole

For the past seventeen years, the United States has been engaged in several military conflicts, primarily, but not exclusively, in the Middle East. Most recently, the United States worked in concert with British and French military forces, allies and NATO, to strike targets in Syria. This response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons was an appropriate use of force well within the bounds of the authorities granted to the President of the United States in Article II of the Constitution.

Wed
18
Apr
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Funding Education While Protecting Taxpayers

By Rep. Scooter Park

In March, I voted with my colleagues in the House to approve a $2.9 billion budget for K-12 education for Fiscal Year 2019, which starts in July. This budget contains more than $353 million to give teachers an average raise of $6,100 beginning in the 2018- 19 school year and going into the future. It also contains money to give school support staffers a $1,250 raise; and $33 million for textbooks.

The last few years we’ve put textbook funding through the school formula. This year, we itemized $33 million for textbooks and left $33 million in the formula. We’re also putting an additional $17 million in the formula and $20 million more for education from the passage of House Bill 1019XX.

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