ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) -- Oklahoma district four representative Tom Cole made a stop in Ardmore Thursday afternoon to talk with taxpayers about several topics taking center stage on Capitol Hill.

"The three million dollars that you spearheaded through Congress, through the community designated spending; it certainly has helped us out at the airpark and we do thank you for that effort," Ardmore chamber president Bill Murphy said.

This summer, representative Tom Cole has made several stops throughout Oklahoma, including Lawton, Davis, Pauls Valley, Ada and Ardmore on Thursday.

Cole began his briefing with taxpayers discussing several topics, including the strength of Oklahoma's representation in congress.

"We probably have the most powerful delegation in the House of Representatives the state of Oklahoma has had since Carl Albert was the Speaker of the entire House," Cole said. 

But the issue Cole discussed the most was the United States involvement of funds for the war in Ukraine.

"I think it's been the right thing to do. If anything, we've been slow and not gotten the aid there quick enough," Cole explained. "I think we need more scrutiny. I have no problem with that. I think that's the appropriate thing to do. But if you wonder about how it's being used, just look at the Russian casualty rate. This stuff is being used for what we send it over there to be used for."

Taxpayers asked Cole questions relating to the state's nursing shortage, as well as the need for more housing in south central Oklahoma.

"The government can do, honestly, would be to get its own spending under control and bring the interest rates down, so homes become a lot more affordable," Cole said. "There's certainly things we can do in terms of what's called section eight housing. We ought to do everything we can to make sure that there's the skill labor it takes to build housing."

To conclude Congressman Cole's trip to Ardmore, he took a tour of Ardmore City Schools' new performing arts center.