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June 29, 2010 Frankly Speaking

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.

June 29, 2010 Frankly Speaking

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 cl

June 29, 2010 Frankly Speaking

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.

June 24, 2010 Frankly Speaking

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. 

June 23, 2010 Frankly Speaking

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

June 11, 2010 Frankly Speaking

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.

May 27, 2010 Frankly Speaking

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.

May 21, 2010 Frankly Speaking

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 appear

April 16, 2010 Frankly Speaking

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.

March 24, 2010 Frankly Speaking

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 fo

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