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, said Thursday he was disappointed in the Obama administration’s decision not to allow Oklahoma to continue a program that helped provide health insurance to employees of small businesses.
The state was informed this week that it will not get a waiver to continue the program under the health care law. The program, which has used revenue from the tobacco settlement to subsidize insurance at participating small businesses, will stop operating at the end of this year.…
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In an appearance on MSNBC”s Morning Joe on Thursday, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, talked about his proposal to allow people to carry guns on land controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers _ the amendment failed in the Senate on Wednesday _ and about the House hearings on Benghazi.
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Aggravated House Democrats called on Republicans to follow their rules Tuesday to provide the required 24-hour notice of a committee meeting that decides which measures will be heard on the Oklahoma House of Representatives floor.
They especially are irked that two key bills — cutting the personal income tax rate and changing how the state pays for building repairs — that are part of a deal with the Republican governor and the GOP legislative leaders were added Tuesday to the agenda less than an hour before the House Calendar Committee met.…
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Matt Pinnell, chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, has been named to a position with the national Republican Party. He will coordinate activities between states and the national party. His title will be Republican National Committee state party director, and he will report directly to RNC chairmman Reince Priebus.
“As the RNC moves forward with the recommendations of the Growth and Opportunity Project, I am very pleased to announce outgoing Oklahoma Chairman Matt Pinnell will serve as the chief liaison between the RNC and state parties,” Priebus said Tuesday.…
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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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REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL
Jerusalem International Convention Center
4:37 P.M. IST
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Well, it is a great honor to be with you here in Jerusalem, and I’m so grateful for the welcome that I’ve received from the people of Israel. Thank you. (Applause.) I bring with me the support of the American people — (applause) — and the friendship that binds us together. (Applause.)
Over the last two days, I’ve reaffirmed the bonds between our countries with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres.…
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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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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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