Frankly Speaking - Agriculture Committee

USDA Proposal Threatens Rural America’s Access to Assistance Programs

May 13, 2016

This week the House Agriculture Committee heard from a variety of retailers, including Love’s Travel Stops in Oklahoma, about their experience working with SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Under a new USDA proposal, there is a growing concern from many retailers and convenience stores that they will no longer be able to accept SNAP benefits.

Filed under: Agriculture, Agriculture Committee

Reputation of GMO Foods Falls Short of the Science

Jul 15, 2015

Everyone’s got to eat. So in agriculture, we are always planning for tomorrow. Not only does our livelihood depend on it, millions of Americans rely on access to affordable and safe produce to feed their families. However, most people don’t think too much about how their meal made it to their plate.

Filed under: Agriculture, Agriculture Committee, Science and Tech Committee

Farm Bill Provides Safety Net for Producers and Consumers

Feb 6, 2014

Congress delivered America’s farmers, ranchers and consumers what they deserve by passing the Agricultural Act of 2014 – commonly referred to as the farm bill. This five-year comprehensive bill ensures producers have the tools they need to provide an affordable and stable food and fiber supply.

Filed under: Agriculture, Agriculture Committee, Economy, Energy, General, Taxes

Reining in the EPA to Foster a Healthier Economy

Aug 2, 2013

For years, President Obama and his Administration have been touting that they are for an “all-of-the-above” energy policy. As the president continues to repeat this same rhetoric, it is obvious he is all but for this type of energy approach. Recently, he has made speeches directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen existing rules and regulations. Instead of fostering a healthy economy with a real “all-of-the-above” energy approach, he has actually waged an indiscreet war on most of America’s main energy sources.

Filed under: Agriculture, Agriculture Committee, Economy, Energy, General, Taxes

American Taxpayer Relief Act: A Step in the Right Direction

Jan 4, 2013

Click HERE to listen to Congressman Lucas’ Frankly Speaking provided below:

Recently, I voted for passage of H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act, which prevented our country from going over the fiscal cliff. While I realize this legislation is not perfect, it was necessary to protect the constituents of Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District and all American taxpayers from what would have been the largest tax hike in history.

Filed under: Agriculture, Agriculture Committee, Economy, General

American Energy: Obama’s Actions Speak Louder Than His Words

May 17, 2012

Washington, D.C.  - President Barack Obama has been hitting the campaign trail hard touting his administration’s “all-of-the-above” energy policy. Unfortunately, when it comes to domestic energy, his actions speak louder than his words.

Filed under: Agriculture, Agriculture Committee, Constituent Services, Economy, Energy

Time to Act on the “Forgotten 27” Jobs Bills is Now

Feb 17, 2012

When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he promised Americans he would cut our national debt in half by the end of his first term. He also promised if we passed the stimulus our national unemployment rate would stay below 8 percent. The end of the president’s first term is quickly approaching and he has yet to fulfill the promises he made.

Filed under: Agriculture Committee, Economy