Cheyenne, OK – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP) to better address the needs of all of America’s wheat growers. The CFAP 1 only covered assistance to hard red spring and durum wheat farmers, which only encompasses a piece of the wheat industry. President Donald Trump and USDA announced today that the Agency would provide an additional $14 billion for agriculture producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19, including growers of all classes of wheat.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) praised the passage of his bipartisan legislation to improve STEM education for rural schools today. STEM refers to science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science, and strong STEM education is critical to America’s economic growth.
Cheyenne, OK – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) applauded the announcement that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation will receive a $22 million BUILD Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to make improvements and reconstruct the historic, two-lane Bridgeport Bridge on US-281/Route 66 in Oklahoma’s Caddo and Canadian Counties.
Cheyenne, OK – Last week, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) joined U.S. Representatives Jason Crow (CO-06), Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) and House Armed Services Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (TX-13) in cosponsoring the Military Spouse Retirement Security Act, a bipartisan bill that would help spouses of active duty service members save for retirement by expanding access to employer-sponsored retirement plans.
Cheyenne, OK – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) today announced that seven airports across Oklahoma’s Third District will receive a total of $7,590,308 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants for improvements to airport infrastructure.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress’ number one priority has been, and continues to be, the safety and protection of the American people from this virus. That’s why on March 4, 2020, an initial $7.8 billion emergency funding bill was passed to aid the U.S.’ response to the pandemic. Soon after that, Congress acted again passing the CARES Act, providing $2 trillion in aid to hospitals, businesses, and individuals.
Cheyenne, OK – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (MN-07), House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Mike Conaway (TX-11), and 23 other House colleagues sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting funds in the CARES Act be provided to wheat growers of all wheat varieties to address price impacts from COVID-19.
Cheyenne, OK – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) joined two separate letters aimed at maintaining regional airline routes across the United States, including in Oklahoma. The effort comes as Congress faces a September 30, 2020 deadline to extend the Payroll Support Program (PSP). This Program has provided critical funding to support the aviation industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and has helped to avoid service suspensions at regional airports across the nation, including Stillwater Regional Airport.
Cheyenne, OK – Today, Representatives Frank Lucas (OK-03), Alma Adams (NC-12), Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Sanford Bishop (GA-02), and Mark Walker (NC-06) introduced a bipartisan resolution “expressing the sense of Congress that August 30, 2020, be observed as the 130th anniversary of the 1890 Institutions."
Cheyenne, OK – Earlier this month, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (the Order) further expanding access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in rural communities. Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement today applauding the Trump Administration’s actions and committing to continue to work to further expand access to health care in Oklahoma’s rural communities: