All five of Oklahoma’s U.S. House members planned to be in Washington today for the vote on a bill to spend nearly $60 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for domestic disasters and aid to Haiti.
Reps. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee; Tom Cole, R-Moore; and John Sullivan, R-Tulsa are running for reelection and have primary contests today. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, is running for governor and has a primary. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, is running for reelection but doesn’t have a primary opponent.
The war funding bill is expected to pass easily; it’s on the House floor today under the chamber’s fast-track process.
A vote on the bill is scheduled for this afternoon and some of the members are heading back to the state after the vote.
“There is nothing more important than supporting our brave men and women in a time of war, therefore I will return to Washington for today’s vote to ensure our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have the resources and funding they need to get the job done,” Sullivan said.
“There is a time for politics, and a time for principle – now is the time for Congress to act on principle to fund the war effort and support our troops.”
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, who has some primary opponents, is also in Washington today.
All of the federal incumbents seeking reelection are expected to win easily.