Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas is pleased to announce upcoming town hall meetings to be held in Medford, Enid, Kingfisher and Watonga on February 17th and 18th. All residents of these locations are invited to attend a meeting and express their opinions. Congressman Lucas will be discussing current events in Washington, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District and asking for input on legislation currently before Congress.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Medford Town Hall Meeting
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Medford City Hall615 North Front, Medford, OK 73759
Enid Town Hall Meeting
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Gantz Student Center, GU 100 (north side of the Ballroom)100 South University Avenue, Enid, OK 73701
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Kingfisher Town Hall Meeting10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Chisholm Trail Museum605 Zellers Avenue, Kingfisher, OK 73750
Watonga Town Hall Meeting
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. City Hall Grand Ballroom 117 N. Weigle, Watonga, OK 73772Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) today voted to pass the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act. This legislation, led by fellow Oklahoma Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), helps to block President Obama’s controversial easing of long-held sanctions against Iranian sponsors of terror and human rights abuse. The bill, which passed by a vote of 246 –181, comes after December reports of Iran conducting missile tests less than 1,500 yards away from American naval vessels, as well as news last month that Iran captured and briefly detained ten U.S. Navy sailors.
“President Obama’s decision to strike a deal with Iran is dumbfounding. The nuclear deal lacks 24/7, on-demand inspections; it lacks any sort of reliable verification; and it forces America and our allies to trust a regime with a decades long record of funding and supporting terrorism. This deal can only be characterized as a last-ditch effort to bolster his presidential legacy,” said Congressman Lucas.
“While the president went entirely around Congress to ratify this agreement, I believe it’s our responsibility to ensure our sanctions against Iran are not entirely dissolved. To this end, I applaud Congressman Russell for spearheading this effort to hold the Obama Administration accountable and shine light on an international agreement many Americans were opposed to from the start.”
The Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act would prohibit the president from removing foreign banks from the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) until the White House can verify these institutions have not provided services to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp or any foreign terror organization.
Iran also remains on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. The bill stresses that Iran’s proxies – Hezbollah, Hamas and the Palestine Islamic Jihad – are classified as terrorist organizations under financial sanctions.Read More
Washington, D.C. – In a House Science Committee hearing this morning, Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) raised questions about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) involvement in President Obama’s unilateral climate change agreement made last December at the Paris United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Last month, Lucas joined Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) and several other colleagues in sending a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to request additional information about the agency’s plans to send U.S. federal employees to other countries to monitor the progress of the non-binding Paris Protocol climate agreement.
Referencing the January letter at today’s hearing, Lucas raised concerns to the witness panel that the “EPA is going beyond their legal authority by sending employees overseas.”
Lucas added, “It will be fascinating to see how the EPA responds to this concept of sending U.S. employees out to enforce agreements that the Senate has not yet approved.”
The president’s Paris climate promise ignores scientific data – and lack thereof – while also raising energy prices here at home. Neither the House nor the Senate has voted on passage or ratification of this agreement.
In his opening statement today, House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said, “Congress has repeatedly rejected the president’s extreme climate agenda. Now the administration attempts to create the laws on its own and has packaged all these regulations and promised their implementation to the U.N.”Read More
Cheyenne, Okla. – Congressman Frank Lucas is pleased to announce upcoming town hall meetings to be held in Cheyenne, Elk City, Weatherford and Cordell on January 29th. All residents of these locations are invited to attend a meeting and express their opinions. Congressman Lucas will be discussing current events in Washington, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District and asking for opinions and input on legislation currently before Congress.
[Friday, January 29th, 2016]
Cheyenne Town Hall Meeting
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site 18555 Highway 47A, Ste. A
Cheyenne, OK 73628
Elk City Town Hall Meeting
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
City Hall (Commissioners Chambers) 320 W. 3rd Street
Elk City, OK 73644
Weatherford Town Hall Meeting
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
City Hall (Council Chamber/Blair Hall) 522 W. Rainey Avenue
Weatherford, OK 73096
Cordell Town Hall Meeting
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Police Department, Precinct Room, 105 W. Main Street
Cordell, OK 73632Read More
Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) released the following video leading up to President Obama's final State of the Union Address.
As 2015 comes to an end, Congress is tasked with funding the federal government through the end of next September, or the remainder of the fiscal year. Last week the House and Senate passed a spending agreement that combined the 12 appropriations bills to fund various aspects of our government, ranging everywhere from defense to agriculture. In addition to this funding, the spending package also includes a number of policies to boost economic growth and encourage job creation in the private sector. Many of these provisions are aimed at supporting the future and success of families and businesses in rural America.
One of the most important provisions helps secure our country’s energy future by lifting the 40 year-old ban on exporting crude oil. Recently, oil producers have been forced to scale back due to a number of factors. This has hurt many who work in the industry and has even impacted our state budget. Abolishing the outdated crude oil export ban will incentivize energy producers to continue to invest and hire more employees. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates this policy would generate $1.4 billion in profits to the federal government through oil and gas leases. And in Oklahoma, the Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance predicts that roughly 11,000 jobs would be created by 2018 as a result of this policy.
Lifting the ban also reduces our allies’ reliance on importing oil from more volatile nations such as Russia, Iran or Venezuela. The United States must continue to lead the way in global energy production. This is in stark contrast to President Obama’s recent decision to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project which would create thousands of jobs and contribute to economic growth.
In the wake of recent terror attacks both domestic and abroad, it is crucial that we provide funding to our national security. The spending agreement passed last week fully funds our national defense and ensures our troops are paid and receive the equipment they need to get the job done. It also strengthens our country’s visa waiver program by tightening requirements and blocking visa waiver status to anyone who has recently been to regions with high terrorist activity such as Syria or Iraq.
This legislation builds upon stringent reforms to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Last year’s spending agreement slashed more than $300 million from the IRS’s budget after a series of reports found the agency illegally targeted American citizens based on their political and religious beliefs. Under this bill, Congress lays out even greater restrictions to IRS operations in order to prevent this from happening again.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is also reined in. The agreement sets the agency’s funding to its lowest levels since 1989 and blocks any effort to slap a climate change-related fee on livestock producers. In fact, several fees to ranching, aviation and oil and gas proposed by the White House are prohibited. And with the full repeal of country of origin labeling (COOL), the United States will now avoid over a billion dollars of punitive tariffs to our livestock industry.
In addition to the year-end budget agreement, Congress passed legislation called the PATH Act to extend a series of tax credits that millions of Americans and small businesses rely on. This includes Section 179, a critical tax write-off that enables many farmers, ranchers and small businesses to make smarter businesses decisions when purchasing new equipment. This, in turn, helps invigorate our local economy by boosting investment and job creation here in Oklahoma. Permanently extending this tax credit and several others restores much needed certainty and stability in the tax code so that families and businesses can effectively plan for the future.
These two pieces of legislation represent incremental but significant steps forward to set the stage for next year. I look forward to working with my colleagues as we set out to advance conservative, commonsense policies that will help families prosper and keep our country strong for the next generation.
My family and I would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – may it be filled with peace, joy and time well spent with family and friends.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) today voted to pass the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act. The legislation, which passed by a bipartisan vote of 318-109, provides both permanent and multi-year extensions for several tax credits that millions of Americans rely upon.
“As the end of the year approaches, families and businesses are thinking about filing their tax returns for 2015. In order to adequately prepare, taxpayers must have a stable and predictable tax code that remains consistent from year to year. This tax extender package provides greater long term certainty to promote a stronger economy and help ensure Americans can keep more of their hard-earned dollars,” said Congressman Lucas.
“The permanent extension of Section 179, which deals with expensing certain equipment, helps several agriculture and construction businesses throughout rural Oklahoma to plan for the future. Enabling these businesses to make smarter decisions energizes our economy and spurs job creation and investment here at home.”
The PATH Act implements a number of oversight measures to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that the House has previously passed. These reforms include the immediate termination of any IRS employee who takes politically motivated action against a taxpayer and strictly prohibits IRS employees from using personal e-mail accounts to conduct their official business.
The PATH Act also contains temporary relief from some of the taxes associated with Obamacare. There is a two year delay (2018 and 2019) to the Obamacare excise tax on higher cost health care plans, also known as the Cadillac Tax. Additionally, the bill provides a one year delay to the Health Insurance Tax (HIT), which has been attributed to rising health insurance premiums for small businesses.Read More
The terrorist attacks in Paris have shaken France and its allies. We grieve for the lives lost and pray for the recovery and healing of those injured or otherwise impacted. This tragedy is a grave reminder that we cannot waiver in the face of Islamic extremism.
It comes as no surprise that ISIS was behind the coordinated attacks that took the lives of at least 129 individuals and injured more than 350 others. And we cannot blind ourselves to the fact that this is far from an isolated or rare instance. Just the day before, a suicide attack in Beirut took 43 lives and in the previous month a terrorist bombing killed over a hundred people who gathered for a peace rally in Turkey.
Unfortunately, President Obama’s foreign policy strategy leading up to this point has been indecisive and ineffective. Contrary to what the president has told us, ISIS is far from “contained.” What may have started as a regional conflict has begun to spill into the western world.
In Iraq and Syria, ISIS continues to murder thousands of innocent Christians and Muslims alike and with these latest attacks has explicitly set its sights on western democracies. They recently released a video claiming Washington, D.C. as their next target.
We are beginning to witness the consequences of the terrorist organization’s unfettered growth in Syria and Iraq. Their widespread and indiscriminate violence has destabilized vast portions of the Middle East and has triggered a mass exodus of refugees.
While our country has a strong record of providing asylum to those fleeing war and oppression, the recent influx of refugees from Syria presents a unique challenge, as ISIS looks to exploit our compassion to inflict more damage.
The White House has remained tone deaf on this issue. In light of the recent events, President Obama still stands by his call to bring at least 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States over the coming year. Of course, Americans are left wondering why the president has a plan to resettle Syrian refugees but has laid out no vision or strategy to defeat ISIS – the unmistakable source of this crisis.
I believe we should take a step back and get a grip on this issue because we cannot afford to get it wrong. We should halt all incoming Syrian refugees to ensure terrorists are not infiltrating the refugee populations.
The State Department and Department of Homeland Security are tasked with screening thousands of potential refugees. I think it’s appropriate we review this vetting process in order to make sure it is entirely thorough. No one can be allowed to fall through the cracks. Right now, the president cannot honestly make that guarantee.
That’s why I am supporting legislation that will stop the entry of refugees from Syria until Congress can assess these programs.
Anything short of completely dismantling ISIS and its stranglehold on the Middle East will have no lasting impact. Until the president can lay out an acceptable strategy to do this, we must take any and all necessary steps to protect ourselves at home. Our national security is on the line.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) released the following statement today upon news of President Obama’s decision to block construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline:
“Today President Obama chose to promote the interests of environmental groups over those of Oklahomans and the rest of our country. The Keystone pipeline would create thousands of jobs by embracing America’s energy innovation and would help reduce our dependence on oil from foreign countries. The president’s latest move continues his trend of blocking pro-growth economic policies and drags our country backwards when we ought to strongly lead the way in energy production,” said Lucas.
A 2014 report from the State Department found that the pipeline would result in significant economic growth, including 42,100 jobs and contribute $3.4 billion to the U.S. GDP. The report also found that the pipeline would have a much smaller impact on the climate compared to other methods of transportation like rail or tanker.
Oklahoma’s portion of the Keystone XL pipeline has already been completed.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) today met with a group of Oklahoma veterans traveling to Washington as part of the Oklahoma Honor Flights Program. The organization works with volunteers to help ensure World War II veterans can visit the memorials dedicated to their service.
“I am truly grateful for this unique opportunity to welcome our veterans on their trip to our nation’s capital,” said Congressman Lucas. “These monuments are a symbol of the sacrifice and service of these individuals. It was an incredible moment to share with them.”
The Oklahoma Honor Flights program has helped transport veterans to Washington since 2009. All travel costs are covered through private donations. Oklahoma Honor Flights has taken roughly 2,000 veterans on 21 flights since the program’s inception.Read More
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Congressman Frank Lucas is a fifth generation Oklahoman whose family has lived and farmed in Oklahoma for over 100 years. Born on January 6, 1960 in Cheyenne, Oklahoma, Lucas graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1982 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in a special election in 1994, and is currently serving his 11th term as a Member of Congress.
Frank proudly represents Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District includes all or portions of 32 counties in northern and western Oklahoma, stretching from the Oklahoma panhandle to parts of Tulsa, and from Yukon to Altus in the southwest. It takes up almost half the state’s land mass and is one of the largest agricultural regions in the nation. Lucas has been a crusader for the American farmer since being elected to Congress in 1994 as well as working to protect Oklahoma values.
Congressman Lucas serves as the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture. In addition, he serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Frank also serves as a member of the Republican Whip Team. The Republican Whip Team is led by Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-22). The representatives who are members of the team serve as leaders in their party and work with the Republican leadership team to ensure every American’s voice is heard in Congress.
Prior to his service in the U.S. Congress, Lucas served for five and a half years in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives, where he tirelessly defended the rights of private property owners and focused on promoting agriculture issues.
Frank and his wife Lynda have three children and one grandchild. The Lucas family belongs to the First Baptist Church in Cheyenne.
The president's $4.1 trillion budget today is nothing more than a liberal wishlist that’s completely dead on arrival https://t.co/JVFr8MHbOg
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President Obama is absolutely oblivious to the pain in our country’s oil and gas industry – a major driver of rural economies. Instead of
More taxes, more spending – President Obama’s unrealistic budget today is nothing more than a liberal wish list that’s completely dead
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Proud to support Congressman Steve Russell's bill to help block President Obama’s controversial easing of long-held sanctions against Iranian