Oklahoma Congressional Delegation Sends Care Packages To 45th Infantry In Afghanistan

KTUL By: Kevin King August 5, 2011 Washington, DC - Oklahoma's senators and representatives sent care packages Friday to servicemembers of the Oklahoma National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, currently on a deployment to Afghanistan. It's been a very difficult week for the 45th. Four members have died in three separate attacks, including the latest Thursday. The care packages sent by Oklahoma's delegation were coordinated by Jane Horton, a congressional summer intern for Senator Jim Inhofe's office. She's the wife of Specialist Christopher Horton of the 45th. "The … [Read more...]

Implementation of free trade agreements should happen now

Edmond Sun By: Rep. Frank Lucas August 10, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Delays in implementation of three pending free trade agreements between the U.S. and Colombia, Panama and South Korea are costing the United States in market share and access to foreign competitors. Recently, the White House insisted on Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) in return for implementing free trade agreements. This further delays the creation of many jobs and economic growth in America. Trade agreements have already been negotiated, agreed to and signed by the United States; however, an up or down vote in … [Read more...]

Senators Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn and Rep. Frank Lucas weigh in on debt ceiling deal

Stillwater News Press By: Ricky O'Bannon August 3, 2011 STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma senators Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn each voted against the legislation that increased the federal debt ceiling, saying the compromise didn’t do enough to address the nation’s growing debt. Despite not receiving the votes of Coburn and Inhofe, both Republicans, the bill passed the Senate Tuesday with a 74-26 vote and was signed into law by President Barack Obama later in the day. The House passed the bill Monday. Rep. Frank Lucas, a Republican from Oklahoma’s third district, voted for the … [Read more...]

‘Food safety net’ more apt title, Lucas says

Western Farm Press By: USA Rice August 1, 2011 House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., said in a prepared statement that farmers need support, which should be called a food safety net instead of a farm safety net. "We have to do our part to support them [farmers]," Lucas told the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management's agricultural program hearing, which examined the Title I commodity and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance programs (SURE). In his opening statement, Lucas argued that commodity support keeps farmers in business and food … [Read more...]

CFTC’s Powers Need Adjustments, Says House Agriculture Chairman

CQ By: Ellen Ferguson July 19, 2011 The House Agriculture chairman told a business group Tuesday that the panel will act soon on legislation “designed to ensure that regulators don’t keep rushing forward without regard for America’s farmers, ranchers and Main Street businesses.” Rep. Frank D. Lucas, R-Okla., said the committee will focus “in the coming weeks” on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which falls under the panel’s jurisdiction. He repeated his concerns that the agency’s expanded authority to set the terms for the trading of over-the-counter derivatives could … [Read more...]