True Grit – Western Oklahoma Style

By Paul Laubach The day was Thurs., June 20, 2013. Rep. Colin Peterson, D-Minn., the ranking minority member of the House Agriculture Committee walked over and told Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla. that he’d just lost most of his caucuses’ votes with the passage of what he considered a “poison amendment” before the pending final vote on the Farm Bill. Shortly after that, a majority leadership member walked over and asked Lucas on the House floor what he wanted to do. Lucas said, “Run the bill!” Lucas had a good idea of what was fixing to happen, but he chose to proceed. In a stunning … [Read more...]

Update on Farm Bill Negotiations

Recently I visited with Ron Hays of the Radio Oklahoma Network about the latest developments in the ongoing House-Senate Farm Bill negotiations. You can read about our discussion and listen to to it here. I remain committed to getting our work done! - Frank . … [Read more...]

Always Good To Be Home!

When Congress recesses I don't like to stick around Washington. My role representing you in Washington can only be successfully fulfilled if I am able to be back in Oklahoma as much as possible. Talking with you about your concerns, informing you of my work on your behalf, and simply visiting with my neighbors ensure I represent Oklahomans’ real world values. Recently, I conducted town hall meetings in Pawnee, Pawhuska, Skiatook, Stillwater, Cushing, and Guthrie. I'm a great believer in the value of these forums. These are an opportunity for Oklahomans to voice their views on the … [Read more...]

We Still Need Farm Bill Reform!

I was disappointed in last week's farm bill vote in the U. S. House of Representatives. The bipartisan FAARM Act repeals or consolidates over 100 USDA programs and saves taxpayers $40 billion. Congress must act to reform federal agriculture programs; otherwise, the costly, outdated 1949 permanent farm law will kick in and could eventually wreck havoc on the free market and the food supply chain in this country. I wasn't in Congress in 1964 when food stamps were placed under the USDA's administrative jurisdiction, but I am committed to acting to curb the explosive growth of the SNAP … [Read more...]

Lucas Announces July Town Hall Meetings

Monday, July 1st Pawnee Town Hall Meeting 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pawnee City Hall 510 Illinois Street Pawhuska Town Hall Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Community Center 520 Lynn Avenue Skiatook Town Hall Meeting 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. First Baptist Church (West Rogers Campus) 825 West Rogers Boulevard Tuesday, July 2nd Stillwater Town Hall Meeting 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Stillwater Community Center 315 West 8th Avenue Cushing Town Hall Meeting 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cushing City Hall (Council Chamber) 100 Judy Adams Boulevard Guthrie Town Hall … [Read more...]