Frankly Speaking

Time for Real Reform

Jan 21, 2011

As one of the first acts of the 112th Congress, I joined a bipartisan group of my colleagues – including every member of the Oklahoma delegation – and voted to repeal the government takeover of health care.  Also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, this bill was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010 after more than 18 months of heated debate on both sides. And while I’m sure there were people in then-Speaker Pelosi’s district in San Francisco that liked this bill, I couldn’t find many in the Third District of Oklahoma.

Filed under: Economy

New Year, New Congress

Dec 23, 2010

2010 was a challenging year in this country, as American families lived through record high unemployment rates and a lagging economy.  And much to their disappointment, their elected officials in Washington seemed more concerned with making government bigger than creating jobs.  During the 50 town hall meetings I held this year, my constituents voiced their discontent with what was happening and I joined them in their frustration at leaders in Washington’s failure to listen to them.  Whether the trillion-dollar government takeover of health care, the out-of-control federal spending that has

Filed under: Agriculture

Strategy Shift in Iraq Shows Significant Progress in War on Terror

Aug 20, 2010

Due to the great progress made by our brave men and women on the front lines, President Obama has announced the US mission in Iraq will shift from a combat role to an advisory and assistance mission for the Iraqi government and its security forces beginning August 31, 2010 and continuing for the next 17 months.

Filed under: Foreign Affairs

The Trouble with a Bailout

Aug 13, 2010

President Obama and Speaker Pelosi have tried it their way for more than a year and a half now – expanding the size and scope of the federal government, dramatically increasing federal spending and growing the national debt, and squandering more than two trillion dollars on taxpayer funded bailouts and so-called stimulus bills filled with wasteful and unnecessary pork barrel spending.  Yet as their promises of creating new jobs and resuscitating our stagnate economy continue, the facts prove those promises to be empty ones.  Unemployment still hovers around 10 percent across the nation as e

Filed under: Economy

Be All That You Can Be: Apply for One of Our Nation's Service Academies

Aug 6, 2010

During the month of August, thousands of students will pile into their cars and begin a new life at an institute of higher education.  Some will travel out of state, and some will stay here in Oklahoma.  And a select few will the opportunity to not only get a first-rate education, but to also serve their country by attending one of our nation’s service academies.

Filed under: Constituent Services

The Largest Tax Hike in American History

Jul 29, 2010

Beginning January 1, 2011, American families and small businesses will be saddled with a $3.8 trillion tax increase – the largest tax hike in American history.  There are many in Washington who are claiming that these tax increases will only affect the wealthy.  Simply put, this is inaccurate.  Instead, they will increase the tax liability of almost every American who pays income taxes – including middle-income American families and small businesses owners.

Filed under: Taxes

Lame Duck Plan Is a Lame Idea

Jul 26, 2010

It’s been a rocky year and a half for the American people, who have continued to suffer from high unemployment rates and a sagging economy.  And rather than addressing these tough issues facing Americans, the 111th Congress has instead focused on controversial pieces of legislation, massive in size, dramatic in impact, and unfathomable in cost.  With only a few full weeks of session scheduled before the end of the year, many Americans have begun breathing a sigh of relief that many of the most controversial pieces of legislation on Speaker Pelosi and President Obama’s agenda will most likel

Filed under: Economy

Confirmation of Petraeus by Full Senate Must Be Quick

Jun 29, 2010

Today, the Senate Armed Services Committee held the confirmation hearing of General David Petraeus to serve as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.  General Petraeus was nominated for this post after the ouster of General Stanley McChrystal by President Obama following a very public disagreement between the president and the general on future plans for Afghanistan.

Filed under: Homeland Security and Defense

An Anniversary to Forget

Jun 29, 2010

June 23rd marked the three month anniversary of the enactment of ObamaCare.  As Speaker Pelosi stated in March of this year, we would “have to pass this bill” so we could “find out what is in it.”  And we certainly have.  Over the last three months, we have found out all kinds of things about this bill – and none of them have been very good.  In fact, over the last three months it has become clear that seniors will be forced to bear the majority of the burden of this bill through dramatic cuts to Medicare; that the bill is going to cost more than originally expect, topping $1.2 trillion; an

Filed under: Health Care

Elena Kagan Confirmation Hearing

Jun 29, 2010

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee began confirmation hearings for President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States.  Elena Kagan is the former Solicitor General for President Obama as well as the former Dean of Harvard Law School, and is the president’s second nominee to the high court.  While Ms. Kagan is politically experienced and clearly well-connected, she has never once served as a judge and has had very little substantive legal experience.

Filed under: General

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