Here is a link to one exchange between Sen. Tom Coburn and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Tuesday about the reach of Congress’ power. Coburn, R-Muskogee, was apparently referring to the new health care reform law and Congress’ use of the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.
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President Barack Obama is scheduled to give a speech Thursday morning “on the need to fix our broken immigration system through comprehensive immigration reform,” the White House announced today.
The president’s remarks will be delivered at the American University School of International Service in Washington, according to the White House.…
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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe released the following statement on the death, at age 92, of West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd:
“As the longest serving member of the United States Senate, Robert Byrd possessed great compassion and leadership for the people of West Virginia. His dedicated service in the Senate combined with his mastery of the Constitution and the chamber’s rules and procedure will inevitably leave behind a vacuum difficult to fill. “As leaders from the entire political spectrum begin to mourn his death today, I remember the first time I had a personal relationship with him in 1994, the day he swore me in to the United States Senate on my 60th birthday.…
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Oklahoma lawmakers in Washington hailed Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that the 2nd Amendment applies to states and cities.
Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne: “The United States Constitution could not be more clear when it states, ‘…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’ As a life-long supporter of the 2nd Amendment, I truly believe this constitutional right should apply in every corner of the country. I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision in McDonalds v.…
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The White House released the following excerpts from the opening statement Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan plans to give today to the Senate Judiciary Committee:
“Mr. Chairman, the law school I had the good fortune to lead has a kind of motto, spoken each year at graduation. We tell the new graduates that they are ready to enter a profession devoted to “those wise restraints that make us free.” That phrase has always captured for me the way law, and the rule of law, matters.…
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The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs delayed a vote today on Sen. Tom Coburn’s bill to require a single congressional database of all earmark requests.
Though President Barack Obama called for such a database, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, objected to voting on the bill, saying that it was too technically complex.
Coburn, R-Muskogee, countered with a letter from Nancy Erickson, the secretary of the Senate, saying that such a database would be technically feasible, cost $1 million and take two years to get up and running.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, met today with Army Gen. David Petraeus, who has been tapped by President Barack Obama to take over U.S. command in Afghanistan in the wake of the interview controversy involving Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
Inhofe, R-Tulsa, said after the meeting, “I support the nomination of U.S. Gen. David Petraeus to replace U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
“General Petraeus is a highly intelligent and highly capable commander, and I commend him for his great success and job well done during his leadership and service in Iraq.…
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U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, said in a short statement today that he hasn’t seen the HBO documentary “Gasland” that began airing last night but that it contains “many inaccuracies.”
Boren is shown in the movie at a House hearing defending the process known as hydraulic fracturing, in which water, sand and chemicals are injected into a well to break up rock and free the flow of gas. Boren says at the hearing that opponents are “searching for a problem that does not exist.” And he asks witnesses at the hearing whether the country would be more dependent on foreign energy if companies were not allowed to use hydraulic fracturing.…
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Gov. Brad Henry remains uncertain what he will be doing when he leaves the Governor’s Mansion early next year when his second and last four-term expires.
“I have no idea,” the governor said Monday when asked about his job plans.
Henry, who is term limited and cannot run for re-election, and his wife, Kim, recently bought a home in northeast Oklahoma City near NE 122 and Bryant.
The governor said the first lady will continue to work as executive director of the Sarkeys Foundation in Norman.…
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U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, has announced several town hall meetings for the week Congress will be in recess for the Fourth of July break:
THURSDAY, JULY 8
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Texas County Ag Extension Building
301 North Main Street
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
PTCI Meeting Room
378 Main Street
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
First Security Bank
15 South Douglas Street
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Municipal Complex, Suite 1
7th and Oklahoma Avenue
FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2010
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