Jim Bridenstine

Jim Bridenstine

OKLAHOMA's 1st DISTRICT

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Votes Against Omnibus Spending Bill

2014/12/12

here are several good provisions in the omnibus spending bill considered tonight in the House.  I could also recite a litany of objectionable provisions in it.  Every Congressman could find things to like and to dislike – that’s the way it was written.  My primary concern was to block any funds to implement the President’s unilateral amnesty plan announced on November 20th.  The recent election clearly revealed that the American people overwhelmingly oppose any attempt by the Administration to go around Congress and unconstitutionally implement immigration reforms.  The President’s actions blatantly rebuffed the will of the people. The omnibus bill did not block the President’s unconstitutional action, so sixty seven Members of the House, including myself, cosponsored an amendment to block funding, but the amendment was not allowed.  In addition to allowing the President to proceed with his unconstitutional amnesty plan, the bill fully funded another year of Obamacare.  I voted against the Omnibus spending bill.  Congress must return to the “regular order” processes of passing authorizations bills to set policy, and appropriations bills to set spending levels, before the beginning of the fiscal year.  The people are not adequately represented by adopting one CR after another or even Omnibus spending bills passed months after the start of the fiscal year. CONTACT: Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director Phone: 202-225-2211 Email Address: Sheryl.Kaufman@mail.house.gov -- 30 --   Read More

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Cosponsors Amendment to Prohibit Use of Funds for Executive Amnesty

2014/12/10

Congressman Jim Bridenstine is one of several cosponsors of a proposed amendment to the omnibus appropriations bill that will be considered this week.  The amendment will prohibit the use of any funds or fees from being used to execute the President’s unilateral, unconstitutional changes to U.S. immigration laws announced in November. Specifically, the legislation prohibits use of any federal funds to “implement, administer, carry out, or enforce the policies” in both the directives from the Secretary of Homeland Security on November 20 and the executive orders signed by the President on November 21 or “any substantially similar memorandum issued after November 21, 2014.”  Congressman Bridenstine said, “I strongly support this effort to stop the President’s illegal and unconstitutional action to go around Congress.  The United States Constitution, Article I Section 8, clearly states the role of the Legislative Branch to ‘establish a[n] uniform Rule of Naturalization’ and the courts have repeatedly affirmed that Congress has the authority to establish rules of immigration.  The role of the Executive Branch, the President personally, is also clearly stated in Article II Section 3:  ‘he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed’.  The President needs to do his constitutional duty.” CONTACT: Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director Phone: 202-225-2211 Email Address: Sheryl.Kaufman@mail.house.gov --  30  -- Read More

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Votes Against Creating More Tax Manipulations

2014/12/05

We have a deeply flawed tax code.  It is already unnecessarily complex and confusing.  The Mercatus Center at George Mason University estimates that Americans spend more than 6 billion hours a year complying with the tax code.  That is the equivalent of all the people in Oklahoma who are over the age of 6 working all year only on taxes.  Lobbyists spend about $3 billion a year promoting policy preferences.  Countless loopholes distort human behavior and bias markets. I love being able to truly help people, but creating another new tax manipulation is not the right way to do it.  HR 647, the ABLE Act, passed in the House today, is a new provision giving tax preference to manipulate behavior. Rather than creating more loopholes and special provisions, Congress should be about the work of eliminating our burdensome tax code, abolishing the corrupt and abusive IRS, and replacing the system with a fair and simple tax.  I will again be an original co-sponsor of HR 25 in the 114th Congress, the Fair Tax, and I will reintroduce my legislation to repeal the 16th Amendment. CONTACT: Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director Phone: 202-225-2211 Email Address: Sheryl.Kaufman@mail.house.gov --  30  -- Read More

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Declares Executive Amnesty Is Unconstitutional, Unfair, Costly, and Dangerous

2014/11/21

Tonight, President Obama announced a series of executive orders regarding immigration.  His executive amnesty is illegal, unfair, costly, and dangerous because it will spur a wave of further illegal immigration.   It’s illegal and unconstitutional for the President to usurp legislative power clearly delegated to Congress.  The President has no statutory authority or inherent power to apply prosecutorial discretion to millions of people.     It’s unfair to millions of legal immigrants that have played by the rules, and it’s unfair to the American workforce as labor rates will decline. It’s costly because most amnestied illegals will have immediate access to taxpayer funded benefits such as Medicaid, Obamacare, Social Security, and Unemployment Insurance. It’s dangerous because amnesty encourages further illegal immigration facilitated by our unsecure border. Last month, I visited with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and National Guard personnel manning the Rio Grande Valley sector of the southern border – the area most trafficked by cartels smuggling people, drugs, and weapons into the United States.  The border is not secure.  CBP is undermanned, underfunded, and hampered by ridiculous environmental protection laws that limit patrol and surveillance access across much of the border.   I also learned that the cartels – and the foreign governments that abet smuggling operations – are deeply sensitive to changes in U.S. immigration policy.  During the Unaccompanied Children surge crisis, House Republicans passed a bill to suspend foreign aid to Central American countries until they acted to stop the flow of illegal immigrants.  Though President Obama ignored our bill, the mere threat of congressional action prompted consular officials from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras to instruct detained illegals to stay home once deported.   How should Congress respond to Obama’s illegal executive amnesty?  Congress should exercise the power of the purse to withhold funding necessary to implement the President’s amnesty.  I hope the President does not choose to shut down the government to enact an executive action that American does not want, that Congress did not vote for, and that is unconstitutional.                 CONTACT: Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director Phone: 202-225-2211 Email Address: Sheryl.Kaufman@mail.house.gov --  30  -- Read More

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Comments on the Vote for Speaker of the House

2014/11/14

I explained my reasoning on the vote for the Republican Conference nominee for Speaker of the House in an op-ed to be published in the Tulsa World on Friday.  I feel it is important to communicate with my constituents on this issue, and the Tulsa World is the largest newspaper in my District.  The following is the text of the op-ed:   The Speaker Vote Rep. Jim Bridenstine   Yesterday, the Republican nominee for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives was selected in a meeting of all the Republican Members elected to serve in the 114th Congress.  The debate and vote was in a Members-only meeting to allow open discussion and build consensus for the Republican nominee who will face off against the Democrat nominee in a vote on the floor of the House in early January.  John Boehner was selected as the Republican nominee. While he is well liked by many within the Republican conference, I continue to believe that Speaker Boehner has not been sufficiently strong in challenging the President -- the most ideologically liberal and obstinate in our nation’s history.  Additionally, there are issues on which the Speaker and I continue to disagree. An effort to replace Speaker Boehner would require several steps, each offering very little chance of success.  The first step would be to rally enough Republican dissenting votes to block a 50% + 1 vote on the floor.  The Republicans have a historically high 60-seat majority in the newly elected 114th Congress, possibly higher as midterm election vote counts continue.  With this large of a majority, the probability of securing enough dissenting votes is remote, especially after a private nomination meeting. If 30 or more Republicans voted for someone else and Speaker Boehner did not get a 50% + 1 vote, a second private meeting of the Republican Conference would occur.  At that meeting the dissenting Members would have to withstand pressure from the balance of the Republican Conference.  The minority of Republicans would have to offer an alternative candidate who the majority of Republicans would accept.  The probability that there would be 30 or more dissenters is virtually zero, and likewise the chance that the majority of Republicans would capitulate to the minority is near zero. If the minority of the Conference somehow prevailed, there would be another vote on the floor, again requiring a 50% + 1 majority.  This time, members of the original majority would vote against the new Republican nominee to block the minority.  The process would be in shambles, the public would be outraged, and Democrats would be strengthened.  If this impossible scenario happened, it would be the worst outcome for those of us who have been fighting for the conservative movement.  My goal has always been to do what is right for our country, regardless of the political consequences.  In my first term, with a smaller Republican majority, I voted against Speaker Boehner on the floor believing that we could deny him a 50% + 1 majority.  However, Rep. Boehner was elected as several potential dissenters succumbed to pressure.  While that effort may have been the right move under a smaller Republican majority, it is not the right move under a larger majority.  As the Speaker attempts to balance diverse political viewpoints within the Republican Conference, conservatives must encourage him to lead the Conference in repealing Obamacare, securing the southern border, balancing the budget, and blocking a bad deal with Iran that would endanger Israel and our partners in the Middle East.  I intend to send Speaker Boehner a letter letting him know that I will vote for him on the floor, but that I expect a bold stance on these issues.  Without Harry Reid as a roadblock in the Senate, there is no excuse for the House to underperform.  The midterm elections proved the vitality of the conservative movement.  We are strong and growing stronger.  As more conservatives join our ranks in a larger Republican Conference, we must continue doing all we can to advance conservative principles which enable economic growth and keep us morally grounded and militarily strong. As always, I will fiercely guard my independence, continuing to strive for what is right for our country.   CONTACT: Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director Phone: 202-225-2211 Email Address: Sheryl.Kaufman@mail.house.gov    --  30  -- Read More

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Objects to Unilateral GHG Commitment

2014/11/13

On November 11th, President Obama unilaterally committed the U.S. to even steeper greenhouse gas reductions that will have a negligible effect on global temperatures. The President has shown that he will stop at nothing to implement a radical green agenda.   Speaking with the Chinese president, President Obama, without the consent of Congress, unilaterally committed America to bring its greenhouse gas emissions down to levels 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. This is a major step beyond his previously stated goal of a 17 percent reduction from 2005 levels by 2020. The Chinese merely agreed to stop the increase in their emissions by 2030.   Obama’s new, more aggressive target constitutes a war on fossil fuels and, tragically, an additional burden on those least able to afford higher energy bills. Once again, President Obama strengthens our competitors while weakening the United States.   Congress must do everything in its power to stop this insanity. Oklahomans can rest assured that they have allies in Congress. Senator Inhofe will likely chair the committee with oversight over the EPA. In the House, I will continue to fight this imperial presidency and its politically-driven EPA policies that diminish the prosperity of Oklahomans and all Americans.   See the blog on my website Bridenstine.House.Gov for more details.     CONTACT: Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director Phone: 202-225-2211 Email Address: Sheryl.Kaufman@mail.house.gov   --  30  -- Read More

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Objects to Unilateral Green House Gas Commitment

2014/11/13

On November 11th, President Obama unilaterally committed the U.S. to even steeper greenhouse gas reductions. Ironically, these new greenhouse gas emission reductions will have a negligible effect on global temperatures.  The President has shown that he will stop at nothing to implement the radical green agenda his far left supporters demand.  Speaking with the Chinese President, President Obama, without the consent of Congress, committed the United States to a lopsided agreement that will have major ramifications on our economy. While China agreed for their emissions to peak in 2030 – not a reduction, but merely to stop increasing – the President unilaterally committed America to bring its greenhouse gas emissions down to levels 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. This is a major step beyond his previously stated goal of a 17 percent reduction from 2005 levels by 2020. Once again, President Obama strengthens our competitors while weakening the United States. Obama’s new, more aggressive target constitutes a war on fossil fuels and, tragically, an additional burden on those least able to afford higher energy bills. Oklahoma enjoys electricity rates that are 20 to 25 percent less than the national average because more than half of the electricity generated by Oklahoma power plants comes from coal. Some coal-based plants are already being forced to shutter or convert to more expensive fuels, which will cause electricity prices to spike. I regularly hear from mayors and other local officials in my district that the coming increase in the price of electricity makes it more difficult to recruit businesses.  The President’s ever more extreme green agenda hinders job growth at a time when participation in the workforce is at an all-time low. Those extreme policies will increase consumer costs while paychecks are already stretched thin by EPA rules dramatically increasing costs and discouraging economic growth.  Congress must do everything in its power to stop this insanity. With Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, we can use government funding legislation to prohibit taxpayer dollars from going to the EPA to develop or enforce future rules. We can also invoke the Congressional Review Act to overturn previously implemented rules.  Oklahomans can rest assured that they have allies in Congress. Senator Inhofe will likely chair the committee with oversight over the EPA. In the House, I will continue to fight this imperial presidency and its politically-driven EPA as long as they pursue policies that diminish the well-being and prosperity of Oklahomans and all Americans.     “EPA’s carbon plan isn’t environmental policy, but pain and politics,” The Hill, August 11, 2014. Read More

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Opposes Crude Rail Transport Rule

2014/11/07

The Administration’s “war on energy” continues in the Department of Transportation.  The Department (DOT) issued a proposed rule that would dramatically hinder crude oil transport by rail.  The rule would severely limit throughput, impose huge costs on the industry, and severely restrict transport capacity.  True to form in the Obama Administration, the rule attacks the industry without attacking the root cause of problems.  A study of freight derailments in the last decade found that broken rails or track welds were by far the leading cause of derailments.  The proposed rule largely neglects addressing the condition of the rails.  Furthermore, the Administration has refused to approve construction of the pipelines that would alleviate crude rail transport.  Pipeline transportation has long proven to be the cheapest, most efficient crude transport mode. I sent a letter to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx opposing the proposed rule on rail transportation of crude oil, “Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High Hazard Flammable Trains.”  I urge the DOT to heed the input of stakeholders, both citizens and industry, in support of strong energy development and economic growth while providing reasonable and effective safety standards.  Please see my letter at Bridenstine.house.gov/letters. CONTACT: Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director Phone: 202-225-2211 Email Address: Sheryl.Kaufman@mail.house.gov --  30  -- Read More

IRS Scam Alert

2014/10/31

The Internal Revenue Service NEVER directs taxpayers to put money on a pre-paid card! The calls can seem scary and legitimate at the beginning.  They know your name, they know the last 4 digits of your SSN, and they reference a specific amount of money you owe.  They insist on immediate payment, even threatening arrest if you hang up!  They sometimes keep victims on their cell phone the whole time they are going to the store and buying the pre-paid card! The latest twist is that they tell victims to show up with payment at a specific IRS office.  It is not the one closest to the victim’s home.  It is often an inconvenient 50 miles away. (Using the IRS office makes this seem more legitimate.)  After the victim acquires the pre-paid card, the scammer  “generously” offers to let them off the hook for the lengthy drive.  They “permit” the victim to settle the debt by giving the scammer the numbers off the back of the card, without having to make the trip to the IRS office. We continue to hear heartbreaking stories of victims of this impersonation scam.  The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is actively following leads and making arrests.  Victims are asked to report the information on-line at:  http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml Read More

The Internal Revenue Service NEVER directs taxpayers to put money on a pre-paid card!

2014/10/31

The calls can seem scary and legitimate at the beginning.  They know your name, they know the last 4 digits of your SSN, and they reference a specific amount of money you owe.  They insist on immediate payment, even threatening arrest if you hang up!  They sometimes keep victims on their cell phone the whole time they are going to the store and buying the pre-paid card! The latest twist is that they tell victims to show up with payment at a specific IRS office.  It is not the one closest to the victim’s home.  It is often an inconvenient 50 miles away. (Using the IRS office makes this seem more legitimate.)  After the victim acquires the pre-paid card, the scammer  “generously” offers to let them off the hook for the lengthy drive.  They “permit” the victim to settle the debt by giving the scammer the numbers off the back of the card, without having to make the trip to the IRS office. We continue to hear heartbreaking stories of victims of this impersonation scam.  The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is actively following leads and making arrests.  Victims are asked to report the information on-line at:  http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml Read More

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Congressman Jim Bridenstine is a Navy pilot and combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, and lives with his wife Michelle and their three children in Tulsa, OK.

Bridenstine graduated from Rice University with degrees in economics, business and psychology. After college, he joined the Navy and became a pilot, flying combat missions off the USS Abraham Lincoln in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, and Operation Shock and Awe in Iraq. Later, he transitioned to the F-18 Hornet fighter at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN, where he flew “Red Air” and was also an instructor.

After leaving active duty, Bridenstine earned an MBA from Cornell University and returned to Tulsa to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. Prior to his election, Rep. Bridenstine was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve where he flew the E-2C Hawkeye, a surveillance and operations command aircraft, in Central and South America in support of America’s war on drugs.


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