Frankly Speaking

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

Reining in the EPA

Mar 5, 2010

My Republican colleagues and I introduced a measure, H.J. 77, in the House of Representatives that would rein in the aggressive power-grab of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Last December the EPA released an endangerment finding which stated that gases such as methane and carbon dioxide were a threat to public health and should be regulated under the Clean Air Act.  This endangerment finding is really just an underhanded way of imposing cap and tax regulations on the American people.

Filed under: Agriculture

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