Frankly Speaking

President Obama Must Not Waive Iran Sanctions

Jun 24, 2010

The extremist regime in Iran oppresses their people, supports terrorists and terror organizations, and poses a daily threat to the safety and security of the American people.  For these reasons, and many more, the United States cannot stand idly by and allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons. 

Filed under: Foreign Affairs

National Tragedy Should Not Be Exploited to Pass Harmful Cap-and-Tax Legislation

Jun 23, 2010

On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico that set off a chain of events leading to one of the worst environmental disasters – if not the worst – our country has ever faced.  The explosion caused three leaks in an underwater oil well, spilling tens of thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico on a daily basis.  In fact, at its worst, the government estimates that the well was leaking between 12,000 and 19,000 barrels of oil each day before BP’s latest effort to contain it.

Filed under: Agriculture

Drowning in Red Ink

Jun 11, 2010

This month, our country reached a staggering milestone – the national debt topped $13 trillion.  To put that in perspective, if you were to spend $1 per second, it would take you about 412,000 years to rack up $13 trillion in debt.  While the median income per person in 2004 was $23,535, each American taxpayer’s share of the national debt is $118,500.

Filed under: Economy

America Speaking Out: Your Voice Matters

May 27, 2010

I am proud to join my Republican colleagues to announce the creation of America Speaking OutAmerica Speaking Out is a project to create a new set of policies to generate real solutions for the problems our country is current facing – and it gives every American the opportunity to take part in the discussion of exactly how to do that.

Filed under: General

To Budget or Not to Budget That Is the Question

May 21, 2010

In 1974, Congress passed the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act.  This legislation established procedures for how Congress creates and adopts the annual budget for the federal government.  This process allows the American people to see the spending priorities of Congress and also helps to hold Congress to a spending limit.  For the first time since this bill was drafted, it appears as though we may not draft and pass a budget for the 2011 fiscal year.

Filed under: Economy

Town Hall Recap: Your Voice Is Important

Apr 16, 2010

Earlier this month, I wrapped up another 18 town hall meetings, including stops in Beckham, Custer, Canadian, Lincoln, Logan, Kingfisher, Garfield, Major, Alfalfa, Dewey, Woods, and Blaine counties, and am proud to report I am now more than half way through my annual 50 town hall tour of Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District.

Filed under: Economy

Executive Orders Cant Change Statutory Law

Mar 24, 2010

As they did in the Senate with the ‘Cornhusker Kickback’ and the ‘Louisiana Purchase,’ backroom promises were made to some members in the House of Representatives in exchange for a yes vote on the recently passed health care bill.  One of the most controversial was President Obama’s promise to sign an executive order he claims would reinforce a ban within the bill on the use of federal funds for abortions in a last minute effort to assuage pro-life Democrats to abandon their constituency and their core beliefs. 

Filed under: Health Care

The American People Deserve Better Than Costly, Flawed Government Takeover of Health Care

Mar 22, 2010

The debate in Washington this month reached a level of intensity that I have never seen.  People took to the streets and to the halls of Congress to loudly declare in one united voice their strong opposition to the government takeover of health care.  And, after fifteen months of ignoring the political minority and the will of the American people, the House of Representatives passed a final version of the legislation.  I joined the entire Oklahoma delegation opposing this costly and flawed legislation.

Filed under: Health Care

The 2010 Census: Its Your Constitutional Duty

Mar 12, 2010

“Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State.”
-The United States Constitution

Filed under: Constituent Services

A Disconnected Congress

Mar 11, 2010

The House of Representatives spent much of yesterday discussing H.ConRes. 248, the Afghanistan War Powers Resolution, sponsored by Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH).  The resolution would have required the president to remove all U.S.

Filed under: Economy

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