Oklahoman: Oklahoma’s House members voted to ban funding for health care bill, Planned Parenthood

Feb 22, 2011
In The News

WASHINGTON — Before approving a resolution on Saturday to cut more than $60 billion in federal spending over the next seven months, the House considered hundreds of amendments covering a broad range of issues.

Reps. Tom Cole, R-Moore; James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City; Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne; and John Sullivan, R-Tulsa, voted for the resolution; Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, voted against it.

Here is how the Oklahoma delegation voted on some of the amendments:

•All voted for separate amendments by Republican lawmakers from Montana, Iowa and Missouri to prohibit federal funding from being used to implement the health care law approved last year. Those amendments were approved by the House.

• All voted for an amendment, which passed, to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates.

•All voted for an amendment by Sullivan, which passed, to block funding for the Environmental Protection Agency to increase allowable ethanol in gasoline from 10 to 15 percent.

•All voted for an amendment by Boren, which passed, to block the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from collecting information about the sales of two or more semi-automatic rifles to the same person within five consecutive business days.

•All voted for an amendment, which passed, aimed at preventing the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing new air quality standards pertaining to dust in rural areas.

•All voted for an amendment, which passed, aimed at preventing the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources this year.

•Lucas was the only Oklahoman to vote against an amendment, which passed, to eliminate $450 million for an alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

•Lankford was the only Oklahoman to vote for an amendment, which failed, to make even deeper cuts to the current budget — about $22 billion for most non-security areas.

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