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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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, on Thursday expressed support for the filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, on Wednesday about the administration’s policy on using drones against American citizens on U.S. soil. Here is his statement:
“Last night’s effort by Sen. Rand Paul was a reminder that the Obama Administration continues to put forth controversial nominees and is failing on another campaign promise to bring transparency to the White House. Similar to Paul’s 13 hours on the floor, I led the effort to block the nomination of Chuck Hagel for 13 days.…
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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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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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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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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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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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Gallup poll puts Oklahoma as 6th most conservative state, based on how respondents identified themselves.…
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