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Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole was the only member of the state's all-GOP Congressional Delegation to vote for a continuing resolution to avert a partial government shutdown, a resolution which passed and was signed Thursday by President Biden.

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President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats' budget resolution for a $3.5 trillion spending plan, which passed the House of Representatives Tuesday on a party line vote, does not have any fans among Oklahoma's all-Republican House delegation.

Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Tom Cole was among the guests at a think tank’s panel discussion this week on building partnerships in Congress.

The virtual panel was hosted by the nonpartisan Aspen Institute as part of their McCloskey Speakers Series.

Cole agreed with U.S. Virgin Islands Delegate Stacey Plaskett that lawmakers quickly learn which of their colleagues they can work with because they’re trying to get things done.

Cole said he likes to think of Congress as a small town.

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Update (12:12 p.m., Wednesday, May 12): This story and its headline were updated following a statement from Rep. Stephanie Bice received after initial publication.

No one from Oklahoma’s delegation was among the 10 Republican U.S. representatives who joined 222 of their Democratic counterparts on Wednesday in voting to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time.

The article of impeachment says Trump incited a siege on the capitol last week. None of Oklahoma’s five Republican House members debated against impeachment on the floor before voting against it.

Rules Committee Ranking Member Rep. Tom Cole laid out his arguments against it earlier in the day as the House weighed rules for Wednesday afternoon’s debate.


Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said Tuesday he opposes a non-binding resolution introduced by House Democrats that would urge Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and confer with the cabinet to remove President Donald Trump from office for his role in inciting Wednesday's insurrectionist attack on the Capitol.

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Despite the attack on the United States Capitol by violent pro-Trump extremists that sent both the Senate and House of Representatives into lockdown and left four people dead in its wake, all five members of Oklahoma's House delegation voted to object to accepting the certified results of the presidential election in Arizona and Pennsylvania, states won by President-elect Joe Biden.


Oklahoma's members of the U.S. House of Representatives split Monday night on votes to override President Donald Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act and to support Trump's proposal for $2,000 in direct coronavirus relief payments to Americans.

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Oklahoma Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cole believes Congress could settle on a new coronavirus relief bill late this week.

Cole, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, said in a weekly, online video update lawmakers seem to be in agreement about everything except whether funding should go toward renewing enhanced unemployment benefits above what states offer or another round of stimulus payments to all Americans.

Oklahoma's congressional delegation is entirely Republican once again.

In one of the most-watched races of the 2020 election, Oklahoma Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe won re-election and got one of the earliest calls of the night from the Associated Press.

Right around 7 p.m., the AP called the race for Inhofe over Democratic challenger Abby Broyles, before any Election Day results had even come in.

At his Tulsa watch party, Inofe predicted Republicans would hold the Senate.

Oklahoma Republican U.S. Representative Tom Cole says the country would be well served by a 9/11-style commission to study the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and chart a way forward.

In an online conversation with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Cole said to him, it’s more likely Congress moves ahead on such a commission after the election, noting the 9/11 commission probably would have stalled if the attack had been in 2003 instead of 2001.


Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford and Rep. Tom Cole participated in separate hearings on the U.S. Postal Service on Friday, with both rejecting the idea recent changes have caused mail delays.

Ahead of a morning Senate committee hearing with U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Lankford told NPR he had not heard many complaints of mail delays in the wake of cost-cutting measures like removing sorting machines and slashing overtime.

Medicaid, GOP Congressional Primary Top Oklahoma Ballot

Jun 27, 2020
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A question on whether to expand Medicaid in Oklahoma and a crowded Republican field vying to challenge the state’s lone congressional Democratare drawing the most attention ahead of Tuesday’s primary election.

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Oklahoma’s congressional delegation is urging the Trump administration to let public hospitals access funding available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.