Frankly Speaking

Congressional Art Contest Application Process Begins

Feb 26, 2010

I am pleased to announce that the application process for the annual Congressional Art Contest has begun. The contest, sponsored by the Congressional Arts Caucus, is an exciting opportunity for high school students who are interested in art.  The winning selection will have their artwork displayed for a year in the United States Capitol Building, where it will be seen by the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the nation’s capitol each year.  The winning artist will also receive a trip to Washington, D.C.

Filed under: Constituent Services

Town Hall Tour Kick-Off

Feb 19, 2010

As most of you are aware, each year I host 50 town hall meetings spanning the 32 counties in the Third Congressional District.  These have long been one of my favorite traditions.  I begin each meeting with a brief introduction and an update of current legislation under consideration in Washington as well as other hot button issues of the day.  I then open it up to questions and comments from the people attending. 

Filed under: Constituent Services

Preview of the State of the Union

Jan 28, 2010

After riding into Washington with promises of hope and change and overwhelming public support, one year later President Obama is sitting in a much different position.  He has yet to pass one of his major agenda items, including health care and cap-and-trade, and his approval rating has dropped below 47 ccording to the latest Rasmussen poll.

In his first State of the Union address this evening, the president has the opportunity to change his tune a bit. 

Filed under: General

American Support for Haiti

Jan 27, 2010

Earlier this month, a massive earthquake struck the small island-nation of Haiti, producing catastrophic damage in and around its capital city of Port-au-Prince. The earthquake has caused immeasurable human suffering.  Although the total devastation is still unknown, approximately 100,000 people have been killed and more than two million people have been left homeless. During such a time of great peril and human suffering, the American people and the American government have once again stepped up as the world leader in providing aid and assistance to countries in need.

Filed under: General

Change We Don't Want

Jan 20, 2010

The resounding victory by Republican Scott Brown in the Massachusetts special election last night demonstrated a fact that President Obama might not be too happy with: the winds of change can blow both ways.  The people of Massachusetts – an historically liberal state – spoke with one voice to reject his legislative agenda and to loudly say no to a government takeover of health care, no to a $600 billion national energy tax, and no to an economic policy of borrow, tax, and spend.

Filed under: Agriculture

Cap-and-Tax Bad for Farmers, Rural America

Dec 4, 2009

We like to say that we have the safest, most abundant, most affordable food and fiber supply in the world.  But this isn’t just a boastful expression, it is a reality.  Our farmers and ranchers are responsible for feeding folks living in our country and throughout the world.

But, cap and tax legislation threatens that safe, abundant and affordable food and fiber supply.  The agriculture industry, as we know it, will not survive under the heavy burdens of a cap and tax policy.

Filed under: Agriculture

The 2010 Census: Oklahoma's Future Is in Your Hands

Nov 24, 2009

“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

Let Us Give Thanks

Nov 19, 2009

There is much to be concerned about in this day and age.  Our economy continues to suffer.  The unemployment rate continues to rise.  And we continue to be under the threat of terrorist attacks and home and abroad.

Filed under: General

Pelosi's Trillion Dollar Government Takeover of Health Care a Bad Prescription for America

Nov 6, 2009

The debate over health care has reached a fevered pitch in our nation’s capital.  Over the last several months, millions of Americans have spoken out at town halls, have called and written in to the White House, and have even made personal visits to their members of Congress to express their strong opposition to government run health care.  Yet Speaker Pelosi has once again ignored their voices.

Filed under: Health Care

Pelosi's Government Takeover of Health Care Hurts Seniors

Oct 30, 2009

No matter how many different ways she scores it, Speaker Pelosi’s health care legislation will cost the American taxpayers approximately one trillion dollars.  Right now, the federal government is running a deficit – fiscal year 2009 ended with the government more than $1.42 trillion in debt – and our national debt continues to climb every day.   

Filed under: Health Care