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Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole Says Congress Has Moved Variety of Significant Legislation in Recent Months

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 03:11:28 CDT

Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole Says Congress Has Moved Variety of Significant Legislation in Recent Months It is easy to point an accusing finger at the US Congress and say they have accomplished little if anything over the last couple of years- but Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole contends that is not correct or fair to say. The Republican who is part of the GOP Leadership in the US House told Sam Knipp with the American Farmers and Ranchers that there is a whole list of significant pieces of legislation that the current Congress has tackled and completed, including the "first multi year Highway Bill since 2005, first overhaul of K thru 12 education since 2002, major legislation that changes how the Veterans Administration operates, trying to make it more responsive to the individual veteran, big time change in real cyber security legislation, human trafficing legislation and veterans' suicide legislation."

Congressman Cole also mentioned the changes in the tax code that farmers cheered at the end of 2015 that made permanent Section 179 deductions for farmers and small business.

And Cole also pointed to the efforts that the GOP Controlled Congress has worked on in reigning in the regulatory overreach of the Obama Administration- telling Knipp that when it comes to the EPA- "Now Congress has done quite a bit- EPA has been reduced to 1989 staffing levels and their budget has been cut by 24% since 2010- BUT, they still have rulemaking authority and you get things like the 'Waters of the US' that is abominable overreach- fortunately, that one has been stopped in court so far, so we may yet prevail over that."

Cole was in Marlow earlier this week at an event hosted by ranchers Becky and Mike Graham. You can hear his full conversation with Sam Knipp by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.


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