Frankly Speaking

Experiencing the Great American Eclipse

Aug 14, 2017


August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse US map (Courtesy of NASA)

Taking Back our Economy with Made in America Products

Jul 20, 2017

In our country we are fortunate to have some of the most innovative and hardworking businesses in the world. Products manufactured in America often surpass the quality and reliability of any competitor worldwide. I believe it’s important that we recognize the individuals who take risks to pursue their vision which is why I was honored to be invited to join the White House Made in America Product Showcase and Roundtable this week.

Filed under: Economy

Restoring The EPA’s Credibility

Mar 30, 2017

With the confirmation of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Trump administration has demonstrated a bold commitment to unwinding the regulatory regime of the past eight years.

Tackling Government Overregulation

Feb 15, 2017

When I talk to many of the farmers, ranchers, and business owners in the Third District, the number one concern I hear about is government red tape. Whether it’s EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule that placed confusing restrictions on what individuals can do with their private property or the arbitrary requirements Obamacare forces on employers, these rules and regulations accumulate into one major headache for folks trying to make a living.

In the past eight years the federal government has provided little relief under former President Obama.

Tinker and Oklahoma’s Legacy of Service

Nov 11, 2016

“An Osage leader is never at the back of his band of warriors” – Dr. James Crowder, historian at Tinker Air Force Base

President Obama’s Final 100 Days in Office

Nov 1, 2016

Abraham Lincoln once commented, “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will have to sit on their blisters.”

With two of the most unpopular candidates in recent memory, Lincoln’s observation is fitting.

Serving You

Oct 7, 2016

A big part of my job as your representative in Congress is to help you communicate with federal agencies. This assistance is often referred to as casework and ranges anywhere from expediting a passport application to getting an important question answered by the IRS in time for tax season.

Filed under: Constituent Services

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

Reasserting Our Privacy in the 21st Century

Apr 28, 2016

In order to sniff out potential terrorist attacks, the National Security Agency (NSA) monitors the metadata of millions of phone calls and other communications. Whether you are for or against this practice, there are strong cases to be made on both sides of this debate – a constant balancing act between privacy and security.

However, most Americans would agree that if an agency like the IRS were to take advantage of similar methods, it would be a clear abuse of our Constitutional right to privacy.

A Tradition of Service and Leadership

Feb 23, 2016

This column appeared in Farm Policy Facts in celebration of National FFA Week.

Every year, FFA shapes the next generation of young leaders. It’s the perfect blend of classroom, hands-on and leadership activities that prepares students for success in whatever they choose to pursue.

Filed under: Agriculture

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