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.”
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.”Read More
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.”Read More
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.
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 AvenueKingfisher, OK 73750
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.
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 73005Read More
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.Read More
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.”
With the confirmation of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Trump administration has demonstrated a bold commitment to unwinding the regulatory regime of the past eight years.
Under President Obama, EPA’s reputation dropped sharply in many parts of the country. Rather than partnering with state and local leaders to identify and address environmental issues, EPA was more interested in superseding states’ sovereignty through unilateral and vague rules and regulations.
EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, for example, was a particularly egregious case of the agency’s poor communication and questionable motives. The rule sought to vastly expand the agency’s regulatory control over our nation’s waterways to include small drainage ditches and even ponds on private property.
In rural America, EPA had become a four letter word. Many of my constituents were constantly worried about potential fines or the overwhelming cost of complying with prospective regulations.
By contrast, Administrator Pruitt has a strong understanding of the important role state and local leaders play in the regulatory process. He has the ability and opportunity to reestablish the rule of law at EPA and refocus the agency on addressing environmental issues in a practical and deliberate manner.
This will go a long way towards restoring EPA’s credibility, but that doesn’t mean we cannot still improve upon the agency’s process. This is a team effort; it’s Congress’s duty to identify practical reforms or changes that promote EPA’s objectives, which is why I introduced the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act.
The House will vote this week on my proposal to implement safeguards and shed light on the scientific review process behind many federal regulations.
One particular area of concern regarding EPA has been the objectivity and transparency of the Science Advisory Board (SAB), an organization created in 1978 to provide policymakers with independent expert advice on scientific and technical information.
Over time, the SAB has experienced a number of deficiencies that threaten the board’s objectivity and efficacy. In addition to limited public participation, there have been troubling instances of EPA interference with expert advice as well as potential conflicts of interest among the board’s members.
Addressing these shortcomings head-on is important because the data that comes out of the SAB is ultimately used to justify the regulatory framework our economy must operate under. More stringent regulations on energy and agriculture producers, for instance, often mean higher food prices or larger monthly utility bills for American families.
A major part of smart policymaking is soliciting advice from a variety of sources. That’s why the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act expands the opportunity for any qualified and unbiased expert to contribute to the SAB. Often state, local, or tribal officials can provide critical insight and knowledge on a pending regulatory issue, but currently there are only two members on the SAB who represent states.
The bill also requires the SAB to respond publicly to any dissenting scientific views. Taxpayers expect a responsive government so any uncertainty with scientific research should be handled in an open and transparent manner.
Sound science must be the cornerstone of sound policy; this principle holds true regardless of which party controls Congress or who sits in the Oval Office. With this legislation, we will ensure the most qualified and objective experts – not members of Congress or outside interest groups – are free to undertake an honest review of EPA’s regulatory science.
Lucas is the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. He has served congressional districts in northern and western Oklahoma since 1994.Read More
Washington - The U.S House of Representatives today approved H.R. 1431, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017, introduced by Science, Space, and Technology Committee Vice Chair Frank Lucas (R-Okla.). The bill passed by a vote of 229-193. This legislation restores the independence of Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) and promotes fairness, transparency, and public participation to ensure unbiased scientific advice.
Vice Chairman Lucas: “Sound science must be the cornerstone of sound policy. This principle holds true regardless of which party controls Congress or who sits in the Oval Office. One way we can promote smart policymaking is by ensuring the research that goes into our decisions is transparent and unbiased. I’m pleased the House took action today to improve the Science Advisory Board so that the most qualified and objective experts are free to undertake an honest review of regulatory science.”
Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas): “This valuable bill opens the door to increased outside input, wider expert opinions, and more balanced recommendations in EPA’s SAB. Long-needed reforms to the SAB will increase public participation in EPA’s science review process and require the SAB to be more responsive to the public and to Congress. These changes will strengthen the public’s trust in the science that EPA uses to support its regulations. I appreciate Mr. Lucas’s leadership on this important legislation, and look forward to seeing this bill up for consideration in the Senate.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) today joined colleagues from the House and Senate, as well as NASA astronauts, to witness President Trump sign the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017. The legislation secures funding for NASA and supports programs such as the James Webb Space Telescope, the International Space Station, and NASA’s Mars 2020 rover.
“As Vice Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I was proud to be a part of this historic bill signing today at the White House,” said Congressman Lucas. “This forward-looking legislation recognizes the importance of NASA’s mission and helps to ensure our country will continue to be the global leader in space exploration and research.”Read More
2311 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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