As the March 1 deadline approaches for automatic spending cuts, known as the sequester, to kick in, Reps. Tom Cole, R-Moore, and Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, addressed the issue _ Cole in a column and Mullin in a prepared statement.
Here is Cole’s column:
Sequestration Should be Modified, Not Canceled
By: Congressman Tom Cole
It’s not hard to find examples of wasteful government spending. The IRS has its own television studio that costs taxpayers $4 million per year to operate. The National Science Foundation paid seniors $1.2 million to play video games for a study.…
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Washington Post editor and author Bob Woodward, who wrote a book on the debt ceiling deal that included the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester, has a column in the Post today explaining the origin of the cuts.…
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The U.S. Supreme Court has given the U.S. Justice Department an additional month to file a response to 1st Lt. Michael Behenna’s request for the justices to hear his case.
The Justice Department initially declined to respond to Behenna’s appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces decision to uphold his conviction for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone. However, the high court asked the Justice Department to respond and gave a deadline of Feb. 27. On Wednesday, the court extended the time until March 29.…
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Senate leaders have agreed to a vote on Feb. 25 on the nomination of Robert E. Bacharach for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That vote will come 13 months after President Barack Obama first nominated the federal magistrate judge to the appeals court.
Bacharach, 53, who works at the U.S. district court in Oklahoma City, enjoys strong bipartisan support in the Senate and has received the highest rating from the American Bar Association, but Senate Republicans have been slow-walking _ and even blocking _ votes on Obama’s judicial nominations for several months.…
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Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, has scheduled town hall meetings for next week in his eastern Oklahoma district.
“I want to be accessible and constantly seeking input from the Oklahomans I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to represent,” Mullin said. “I want to encourage active participation in these town hall meetings. I represent the people in the People’s House. That means it’s also the people’s responsibility to stay in contact and stay engaged.”
MONDAY, Feb. 13
1st United Bank
102 East Main
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Freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, has scheduled town hall meetings in his district for next week
MONDAY, Feb. 18
Bailey Ranch Clubhouse
10105 Larkin Bailey Blvd.
TUESDAY, Feb. 19
Bixby Public Library
20 E Breckenridge Ave
THURSDAY, Feb. 21
Tyler Memorial Library
821 N. Shawnee Ave
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MetroTech business coach Sharron Jackson will be watching the State of the Union speech in the U.S. House gallery on Tuesday as a guest of Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City. Jackson is president of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Oklahoma City.…
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In addition to Oklahoma City teacher Susan Bumgarner, first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will have these guests for Tuesday’s State of the Union speech:
Sergeant Sheena Adams (Vista, CA)
Team Advisor & Lead Instructor, Female Engagement Team
A native of Kauai, Hawaii, Sergeant Adams joined the Marine Corps in 2003 and attended recruit training in Parris Island, S.C. In 2010, Sergeant Adams joined the Female Engagement Team (FET) and was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan from September 2010 to April 2011 in direct support of 1st Battalion 8th Marines in Musa Qal’eh District.…
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The White House released these excerpts in advance of the State of the Union speech on Tuesday:
“It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.
It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.…
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Susan Bumgarner, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Wilson Arts Integration Elementary School in Oklahoma City, has been invited to sit in first lady Michelle Obama’s box for the State of the Union speech on Tuesday.
Bumgarner, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, has written curriculum, trained Head Start teachers, taught infants and toddlers and prepared parents in Early Birds readiness classes.
She has been teaching at Wilson Arts Integration since 1992.
The first lady’s box will include middle-class Americans representing the policy proposals the president is expected to outline in his speech, according to the White House.…
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