Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, is among the Republican senators invited to have dinner with President Barack Obama at a Washington hotel, Coburn’s press secretary said.
The president has been reaching out to GOP senators this week to talk about a major deficit reduction deal. Coburn was among those called by the president.
According to The Washington Post, these are the GOP senators expected to attend the dinner:
John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Ronald H. Johnson (Wis.), Patrick J.…
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Freshman Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, appealed for bipartisanship Monday in a speech on the floor of the U.S. House.
Mullin won his seat last fall in Oklahoma’s 2nd District, which is overwhelmingly Democratic by registration. He replaced the only Democrat in the state’s congressional delegation, Rep. Dan Boren, who retired.
Here is Mullin’s speech:
“Mr. Speaker, I come before you today not as a Republican or a Democrat but an American committed to the U.S. Constitution. I regularly hear from constituents – regardless of party affiliation – who are fed up with the partisan fighting.…
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The House last week gave final legislative approval to the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, which focuses federal resources to fight assaults against women and to help victims of those assaults. There’s a White House fact sheet here.
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, was the only one of the seven-member Oklahoma congressional delegation _ counting the two senators _to vote for the bill.
Cole praised the provisions that would allow non-Indians arrested for domestic violence to be prosecuted in tribal courts.…
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Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, has a lifetime rating from the free-market conservative group Club for Growth of nearly 70 percent. But it’s not 70 percent; it’s 68 percent. So Lucas, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee and a strong advocate of farm and rural subsidies, is being targeted by the group in a new campaign called PrimaryMyCongressman.com.
According to the group, the purpose of the website is “to raise awareness of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who are currently serving in safe Republican seats.”
Club for Growth, whose campaign arm helped Sen.…
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On the same day President Barack Obama went to Newport News, VA to criticize Republicans for not compromising to replace the looming budget cuts known as the sequester, Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, said:
“I am disappointed President Obama and leaders in the Senate have yet to come up with a solution to replace the sequester.
“The House has already acted twice to replace sequestration with commonsense spending cuts that do not unfairly target the U.S. Department of Defense. While our country is still fighting a war in Afghanistan, it is imperative that we prevent harmful cuts to national defense.…
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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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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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Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, announced a series of town hall meetings in his western Oklahoma district.
Wednesday, February 20:
Cordell Town Hall Meeting
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Police Department, Precinct Room
105 West Main Street
Mangum Town Hall
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
119 East Jefferson
Hobart Town Hall Meeting
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Western Technology Center, Seminar Room
1000 South Bailey
Thursday, February 21:
Altus Town Hall Meeting
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BENGHAZI HEARING OPENING STATEMENT
In his opening statement Thursday at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe blasted the Obama administration about its preparation and response to the Sept. 11 attack on U.S. diplomats last September in Libya. Inhofe, R-Tulsa, is the top Republican on the committee. Here is a text of his opening statement, as prepared for delivery.
“Thank you Mr. Chairman. I join you in welcoming our witnesses. Secretary Panetta, this may be one of your final times testifying before this committee—a joyous occasion, I’m sure.…
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