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January 17, 2009 In The News

On Tuesday, the United States will swear in its new president, and one Oklahoma State University student will not be one of the millions watching it unfold on television.

January 16, 2009 In The News

• Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa: "I am not saying there have not been setbacks or problems. I am saying that this president has fulfilled his solemn obligation to protect the American people.”

January 16, 2009 In The News

In December, my Republican colleagues honored me by selecting me to serve as the Republican leader, or ranking member, of the House Agriculture Committee.

January 15, 2009 In The News

Tom Vilsack knows what he’s getting into.

A former governor of Iowa, Vilsack is President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to become agriculture secretary. He appears to be coasting to confirmation, as he enjoys widespread support from both Republicans and Democrats.

January 14, 2009 Frankly Speaking

Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, the reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP.  This is a federally funded program that provides health care to children.  While I believe that this is a good program and I support initiatives to bring health care to children who need it, I could not support this reauthorization.

January 13, 2009 In The News

House Ag Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas has announced the Republican membership of the committee. Tennessee's Phil Roe, Missouri's Blaine Luetkemeyer and Pennsylvania's Glenn Thompson are new to the committee. One vacancy remains.

January 13, 2009 In The News

Here we go with our now traditional column on who's in and who's out in key farm policy positions in Washington following the November elections.

For the first time in 16 years, Democrats control both houses of Congress and soon the White House. Along the High Plains and Midwest, a few changes are of note.

January 13, 2009 Frankly Speaking

I would like to welcome all of you to the 111th Congress.  Thanks to the great people of the Third Congressional District of Oklahoma, this will mark my ninth term as a member of the United States House of Representatives.  I will maintain my position on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Science and Technology.  In addition, I have been selected to serve as th