Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas

OKLAHOMA's 3rd DISTRICT

USDA Grants CRP Waiver Request From Reps. Lucas, Marshall, and Thornberry

2017/06/20

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted a 90-day extension of emergency grazing on CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) lands for areas of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas affected by recent wildfires.

This comes in response to a letter sent by Congressmen Lucas, Marshall, and Thornberry to the USDA asking the agency to extend CRP acre eligibility for farmers and ranchers negatively impacted by the March wildfires.

Letter from USDA to Congressman Lucas (PDF)

“I’ve lived all my life in Northwest Oklahoma, but I have never seen anything of the magnitude of these fires,” Congressman Frank Lucas said. “USDA’s extension of emergency grazing on CRP acres will no doubt help ease the burden for farmers and ranchers in our part of the country by providing them with additional flexibility while forage is reestablished and fencing is rebuilt. I thank Secretary Perdue for working with us on this critical matter to help support producers impacted by these devastating wildfires.”

"I want to thank Secretary Perdue and the USDA for responding to the needs of cattle producers across the wildfire-damaged area," Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D., said. "This extension should give grass additional time to recover and producers additional time to rebuild fences and other facilities destroyed by the fire. I appreciate the Secretary and USDA utilizing the flexibility they have to help restore these hard-working Kansans."

“The decision by the USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to extend emergency grazing on CRP lands will allow ranchers who were affected by the Panhandle wildfires much needed time to rebuild fencing, replant grass, and provide a safe home for their livestock," Congressman Mac Thornberry said. "I appreciate the Secretary listening to our concerns and providing agriculture producers in the Panhandle with more time to get back on their feet.”

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PRESS CONTACTS:

Rep. Lucas – Andrew Witmer, andrew.witmer@mail.house.gov

Rep. Marshall – Eric Pahls, eric.pahls@mail.house.gov

Rep. Thornberry – Jordan Hunter, jordan.hunter@mail.house.gov

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Lucas Votes to Pass the Financial CHOICE Act

2017/06/08

Washington - Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) released the following statement today after voting for passage of the Financial CHOICE act, a bill to promote economic growth and stability by providing regulatory relief for smaller banks and credit unions while imposing stricter requirements and penalties on the largest financial institutions:

“In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, 401k’s tumbled, home foreclosures skyrocketed, and many employers were forced to cut back. Soon after, Democrats moved to vastly increase federal control over the financial industry. At over 2,300 pages, the Dodd-Frank Act represents one of the most widespread restructurings of our nation’s finance and banking sector in history, consolidating an incredible amount of power into the hands of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats.

“While the largest banks on the east and west coasts were equipped to handle the deluge of paperwork, a number of smaller, community banks simply couldn’t keep up, spending thousands of dollars to send staff to compliance classes just to follow the pages upon pages of new rules and regulations.

“It’s no surprise that toward the very end of President Obama’s final year in office that our country remained in one of the weakest economy recoveries in American history. The Dodd-Frank Act tied the hands of banks, reducing the availability and increasing the cost of credit. Small businesses, entrepreneurs, and families looking to purchase a home or vehicle were left with fewer options.

“This week, I’m proud to join my colleagues in taking action to begin unwinding Dodd-Frank’s rules and regulations that have held back economic growth for too long. The Financial CHOICE Act provides smaller banks with regulatory relief so that they can return to serving their communities. This legislation also promotes financial stability by ending bailouts for large financial institutions and introducing harsh penalties for fraudulent activity.

“Passage of the Financial CHOICE Act marks a significant shift away from Obama-era, top-down overregulation and recognizes the importance of small businesses to the success of our economy. It’s time to restore economic opportunity and job creation on Main Street and restore accountability on Wall Street.”

The Financial CHOICE Act proposes a series of financial services reforms including:

  • Ending “too big to fail” bank bailouts by repealing aspects of Dodd-Frank
  • Lifting regulatory burden off smaller financial institutions such as community banks
  • Restructuring and increasing oversight of the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) by moving the agency to the Executive Branch and making it subject to Congressional oversight
  • Implementing harsher penalties on Wall Street for corruption and fraud
  • Repealing the Volcker Rule, which limits capital formation and hinders investment
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Lucas Announces Town Hall Meetings in Perry and Stillwater

2017/05/30

Yukon, Okla. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) will hold two town hall meetings this week in Perry and Stillwater on Thursday, June 1. Residents of these locations are invited to attend and share their thoughts on current events in Washington. Lucas will be discussing his recent work in Congress, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District, and asking for input on legislation currently before Congress.

 

Thursday, June 1st

 

Noble County Town Hall Meeting

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Heritage Center

6th & Cedar Street

Perry, Oklahoma 73077

 

Payne County Town Hall Meeting

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Central Rural Electric Cooperative

3305 S. Boomer

Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074

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Lucas Seeks CRP Extension for Producers Impacted by Wildfires

2017/05/17

Washington, D.C. – Today, at a House Committee on Agriculture hearing, Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) asked U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue about the possibility of the agency extending CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) acre eligibility for farmers and ranchers impacted by wildfires throughout Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas in March.

“I’ve lived all my life in Northwest Oklahoma, but I have never seen anything of the magnitude of these fires,” said Congressman Lucas. “The potential for the extension of USDA’s initial 90-day emergency authorization will have a tremendous impact on the farmers and ranchers in our region who are working to rebuild. I appreciate Secretary Perdue’s and the Trump administration’s responsiveness on this critical matter, as well as the secretary’s willingness to consider our request.”

 

Last week, Lucas, along with Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), sent a letter to Secretary Perdue requesting an extension beyond the current 90-day emergency grazing authorization.

Excerpt from the letter:

“On behalf of these producers, we request an extension of the emergency grazing authorization. It takes a significant amount of time to regrow the forage and rebuild the facilities that are needed to properly maintain, contain, and care for the surviving livestock. Farmers and ranchers will soon have to make other arrangements for their livestock to comply with the July 3rd removal deadline. We ask you to use your authority to avoid placing additional uncertainty on these farmers and ranchers by extending the original 90-day emergency grazing authorization. We look forward to working with you to continue to assist affected producers during this difficult rebuilding process.”

Full Letter Here (PDF)

 

 

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Lucas Statement on U.S.-China Trade Deal

2017/05/12

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) released the following statement upon news that the Trump administration reached a trade agreement with China.

“I applaud the Trump administration for proactively securing a trade deal with China,” said Congressman Lucas. “This agreement immediately ends China’s 14 year ban on beef imports, a move that will drive demand for U.S. beef and strengthen cattle producers here at home. For states like Oklahoma, which produces more than it can consume in ag and energy products, it’s critically important we identify new opportunities to trade our products into the world market. A trade deal with China means improved access to an enormous foreign market, as well as the opportunity to reduce our country’s trade deficit. I look forward to working with the administration to support strong trade deals that will move our economy forward.”

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Lucas Votes to Pass the American Health Care Act

2017/05/05

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) released the following statement today after voting for passage of the American Health Care Act, a bill to set into motion the repeal of Obamacare and restore choice and affordability in our country’s health care market.

“Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight,” said Congressman Lucas. “Several states, including Oklahoma, are down to only one insurance provider on their state exchange and health premiums continue to rise at a staggering rate.”

“I support the American Health Care Act because it makes good on our promise to repeal Obamacare and restore our country’s health insurance market. Moving from Obamacare’s government-run bureaucracy to a patient-centered system means people will have the flexibility to choose the plan that meets their needs. And for the millions of Americans who were forced off their health plans through no fault of their own, this legislation paves the way for comprehensive and affordable health insurance options.”

“Today’s vote is an important step toward getting rid of Obamacare’s mandates, excessive taxes, and regulatory hurdles so that Americans can begin to access quality health care at a reasonable price.”

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Lucas Announces Town Hall Meetings in Elk City, Cordell, Weatherford, Watonga, and Kingfisher

2017/04/12

Yukon, Okla. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) will hold five town hall meetings next week in Elk City, Cordell, Weatherford, Watonga, and Kingfisher on Wednesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 20. Residents of these locations are invited to attend and share their thoughts on current events in Washington. Lucas will be discussing his recent work in Congress, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District, and asking for input on legislation currently before Congress.

 

Wednesday, April 19

Beckham County Town Hall Meeting

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

City Hall

320 W. 3rd Street

Elk City, OK 73644

 

Washita County Town Hall Meeting

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cordell Police Department

105 W. Main Street

Cordell, OK 73632

 

Custer County Town Hall Meeting

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Blair Hall in City Hall

522 W. Rainey Avenue

Weatherford, OK 73096

 

Thursday, April 20

Blaine County Town Hall Meeting

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

City Hall Grand Ballroom

117 N. Weigle

Watonga,  OK 73772

 

Kingfisher County Town Hall Meeting

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Chisholm Trail Museum

605 Zellers Avenue

  Kingfisher, OK 73750

 

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Lucas Announces Town Hall Meetings in Hollis, Mangum, Altus, Hobart, and Anadarko

2017/04/12

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas will hold five town hall meetings next week in Harmon, Greer, Jackson, Kiowa, and Caddo counties on Wednesday, April 12, and Thursday, April 13. Residents of these locations are invited to attend and share their thoughts on current events in Washington. Lucas will be discussing his recent work in Congress, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District, and asking for input on legislation currently before Congress.

 

Wednesday, April 12

 

Harmon County Town Hall Meeting

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Hollis Civic Center

208 W. Jones Street

Hollis, OK 73550

 

Greer County Town Hall Meeting

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Greer County Chamber of Commerce

119 E. Jefferson Street

Mangum, OK 73554

 

Jackson County Town Hall Meeting

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Altus Municipal Complex, City Council Chamber

509 S. Main Street

Altus, OK 73521

 

Thursday, April 13

 

Kiowa County Town Hall Meeting

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Stanley Building

300 S. Washington Street

Hobart, OK 73651

 

Caddo County Town Hall Meeting

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

City Hall – Council Chamber

501 W. Virginia

Anadarko, OK 73005

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Lucas Statement on Trump Administration’s Emergency Grazing Authorization

2017/04/04

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that President Trump has authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas.

“I’d like to thank President Trump and the USDA for taking decisive action to help ranchers impacted by the devastating wildfires,” said Congressman Lucas. “The president’s authorization provides ranchers with much needed flexibility to prevent further losses and speed up the recovery process. While no one can replace the cattle lost in this disaster, I appreciate the responsiveness of the federal government in working with state and local officials to minimize damages as much as possible.”

Ranchers who need to graze on CRP lands previously enrolled in contracts with USDA should contact their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office for more information.

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Lucas Weather Forecasting Bill Passes House and Senate

2017/04/04

Washington D.C. – The U.S House of Representatives today unanimously approved the Senate amendment to H.R. 353, the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act, introduced by Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03), Vice Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. This legislation directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to prioritize its research to improve weather data, modelling, computing, forecasting, and warnings.

Vice Chairman Lucas: “When a major storm or tornado is quickly approaching your community, every additional minute of preparation time counts. This legislation strengthens our country’s commitment to severe weather forecasting and ensures NOAA has access to the best weather data. I am proud the bill also includes a dedicated Tornado Warning Improvement Program that will help develop detection and notification systems.

“The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act is a major step toward more accurate and timely weather predictions, and I am eager to see these life-saving policies signed into law soon.”

 

Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas): “Today we took a major step to transform our nation’s weather forecasting.  The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act will enable new weather research, models, and technologies to better protect lives and property. With this bipartisan effort, we will improve forecasting by looking to the private sector for new technologies and weather solutions. This bill gives NOAA a clear vision and allows them the flexibility to buy new, affordable, and potentially better sources of data. With more and better options, we can finally make needed improvements to our weather forecasting capabilities.  I look forward to the president signing this critical legislation so that we can make our weather industry great again.”

 

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2016-01-13 21:39:51


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2015-06-23 21:46:15


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Lucas Presses Federal Reserve Chair on Consequences of Low Interest Rates

2015-02-25 21:03:28


One-Year Farm Bill Anniversary

2015-02-02 16:49:29


Lucas Presses Agency Director on Regulations Harmful to Community Banks

2015-01-27 21:28:21


Congressman Frank Lucas Speaks on Final Passage of Farm Bill Conference Report - Jan. 29, 2014

2014-01-29 17:12:15


Congressman Frank Lucas Speaking on Farm Bill Conference Report - Jan. 29, 2014

2014-01-29 17:07:38


Chairman Lucas Giving Closing Statement on House Farm Bill

2013-07-11 20:39:16


Chairman Frank Lucas Speaking on the House Floor Before Final Vote on FARRM

2013-06-20 20:16:49


House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas Speaks on House Floor on Farm Bill

2013-06-19 19:51:19


Congressman Lucas Addresses Tragic Events in Oklahoma

2013-05-21 17:52:56


Chairman Frank Lucas giving his opening statement at Farm Bill markup - May 15, 2013

2013-05-16 20:14:36


Chairman Frank Lucas on the House floor in support of H.R. 6233

2012-08-02 20:52:25


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2011-12-14 22:04:28


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2011-12-07 22:49:34


Contact Information

2311 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-5565
Fax 202-225-8698
lucas.house.gov/

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.


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Markwayne Mullin

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