Freshman Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, has been tapped to deliver the weekly Republican address on Saturday. The address serves as the counterpoint to President Barack Obama’s weekly address.
Lankford is expected to speak about gas prices and the nation’s energy policy, according to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who chose Lankford.
Said Lankford, “It is an honor to represent not only the 5th District of Oklahoma, but the voice of the Republican Party nationwide.
“During a time of high gas prices, massive budget deficits and a struggling economy, we need more than just talk; we need solutions. That’s why Republicans are leading the effort to increase domestic energy production, put our fiscal house in order and create jobs right here at home. I’m proud to be a part of this tremendous freshman class and look forward to working with all my Republican colleagues to serve the American people.”
Boehner said, “Removing policies that are driving up gas prices and stopping Washington from spending money it doesn’t have are critical if we want to help small businesses create new jobs.
“That’s why the message James will deliver this week is so important: the onslaught of Washington spending, debt and red tape has engulfed our economy with uncertainty and raised costs for families and job creators. The new House majority is focused on turning things around and getting our economy back to creating new jobs.”
The House is expected to vote next week on legislation aimed at increasing offshore drilling.