All five members of Oklahoma’s all-Republican delegation in the U.S. House voted Thursday to repeal the 2009 health care law. The 229-195 vote to repeal in the GOP-controlled House was symbolic. The Senate, controlled by Democrats, will not consider repeal.
Here are comments from members of the Oklahoma delegation:
Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne: “I voted for the third time to fully repeal Obamacare.
“I have voted over 30 times to defund the flawed law, and I will continue to vote for measures that will dismantle the Affordable Care Act.…
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The Inspector General for the U.S. Treasury Department, which includes the Internal Revenue Service, released its report on IRS targeting of some conservative groups applying for tax exempt status. The report can be read here.
Members of Congress have expressed outrage at the practice, and congressional panels are set to investigate the IRS handling of the requests.
President Barack Obama released a statement Tuesday night:
“I have now had the opportunity to review the Treasury Department watchdog’s report on its investigation of IRS personnel who improperly targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.…
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Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, is a member of the House Oversight Committee, which held a hearing last week on the killings of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans at the U.S. mission in Benghzi, Libya last September. The four were killed in an organized attack by a group armed with grenades and automatic weapons.
The witnesses at the hearing were State Department whistleblowers with direct knowledge of the circumstances of the attack: Mark Thompson, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism; Gregory Hicks, Foreign Service Officer & former Deputy Chief of Mission/Chargé d’Affairs in Libya; and Eric Nordstrom, Diplomatic Security Officer & Former Regional Security Officer in Libya.…
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Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, has scheduled town hall meetings in some of his 3rd District towns. Here is the list:
9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
Chandler Public Library
1021 Manvel Avenue
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Heritage Hall, Old Elementary School Building
501 North 1st Avenue
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Bristow Public Library, Large Conference Room
111 West 7th Street
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Collins Building, 2nd Floor Ballroom
317 East Lee
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Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, said Wednesday that a compromise on background checks for gun purchases wouldn’t work. Coburn was part of the negotiations on expanded background checks but dropped out a few weeks ago. On Wednesday, Sens. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, and Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, announced that they had reached agreement on a background check proposal. Here is Coburn’s statement:
Dr. Coburn’s Statement on Manchin-Toomey Proposal
“The Manchin-Toomey proposal is a good faith but unworkable plan. The proposal will impose new taxes and unreasonable burdens on law-abiding citizens.…
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Reps. Tom Cole, R-Moore and James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, issued statements Monday about the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:
Cole: “Margaret Thatcher first came to my attention when I was a student living in London in the 1970′s. One of my best British friends served as her private parliamentary secretary and several others served as Conservative Members of Parliament during her extraordinary career. My own political career began as she became prime minister and I looked upon her as a role model and trailblazer.…
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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn Schedules Town Hall Meetings for Week of April 1; Stops Include Norman and Oklahoma City
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, has scheduled a series of town hall meetings in Oklahoma for the week of April 1.
“I encourage Oklahomans to attend and participate in these town halls,” Coburn said. “With pressing issues pertinent to Oklahoman being decided in Washington D.C. every day, these settings give me an important opportunity to hear directly from the people I am representing. I look forward to hearing the concerns of Oklahomans and informing them of my legislative efforts in the Senate.”
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.…
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The Hill newspaper has a piece today about an interview with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, on Laura Ingraham’s radio program.…
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Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, is trying to help people submit public comments to the U.S. State Department regarding the proposal to build the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry crude from Canada to Nebraska.
The State Department is taking public comments until April 22.
Mullin has provided electronic and physical addresses for submitting comments on his website.
“The details on public comment are available on the State Department’s web site, but that can be difficult to navigate.…
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Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, and Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, voted against confirming John Brennan as head of the CIA on Thursday. Coburn said he was incorrectly listed by the Senate clerk as voting for Brennan.…
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