Yukon, Okla. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) will hold three town hall meetings next week in Alva, Cherokee, and Fairview on Tuesday, August 22. 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.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Woods County Town Hall Meeting
10:00AM – 11:00AM
NWOSU Student Center, Ranger Room
709 Oklahoma Ave., Alva, OK 73717
Alfalfa County Town Hall Meeting
1:00PM – 2:00PM
Alfalfa County Farm Bureau
113 South Grand, Cherokee, OK 73728
Major County Town Hall Meeting
3:00PM – 4:00PM
Fairview Community Center
206 E. Broadway, Fairview, Oklahoma 73737Read More
August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse US map (Courtesy of NASA)
Next week will be the first time in nearly a hundred years that a total solar eclipse will cross over the entire continental United States. The last time a similar phenomenon occurred was in 1918. Growing up, I remember hearing stories from my grandfather who watched the eclipse from the family farm in north Roger Mills County and I am excited to experience this event not far from where he stood long ago.
The path of totality – areas that will experience complete darkness as result of the eclipse – will stretch from Oregon all the way to South Carolina. While Oklahoma does not fall under this contained region, we will still be able to experience a partial eclipse. For example, in Oklahoma City the eclipse will begin at roughly 11:30 a.m. and last until 2:30 p.m. About 85 percent of the sun will be obstructed by the moon.
As Vice Chairman of the House Science Committee, I am focused on working with my colleagues to find ways to support our nation’s space and research programs. A big part of this mission is to inspire the next generation of scientists. That’s why it’s critical that we take advantage of moments like this to provide students with a hands-on introduction to important scientific principles. It’s one thing to watch a video of the eclipse on YouTube, but it’s an entirely different experience to look up to the sky and witness it firsthand.
If you are planning to watch the eclipse, there are important safety measures you must follow.
First and foremost is that you must use special eye protection to view the eclipse. Because Oklahoma is outside the path of totality, protective glasses or devices must be used at all times when viewing the eclipse. A partial eclipse may appear darker but its solar rays will still reach Earth.
Solar glasses are absolutely necessary to avoid significant damage to your eyes and children should be monitored closely to ensure their eyes are properly protected at all times. Pairs of solar glasses can be purchased online and at some local retailers, while certain local libraries are offering free pairs.
I encourage families to use this opportunity to introduce children to the science behind outer space and astronomy. While you can certainly view the eclipse from your backyard, there are a number of events throughout our state aimed at enhancing the viewing experience.
Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City has solar glasses for sale and will host informational viewing events with planetarium experts. In Enid, the NOC Mackie Planetarium offers the chance to witness the eclipse through the lens of their planetarium telescope between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Many communities are taking advantage of the interest in the eclipse to host neighborhood events, which are a great way to share this unique experience with those around you.
However you decide to enjoy the upcoming total solar eclipse, I encourage everyone to be safe and learn more ahead of time at NASA’s official website here: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/.Read More
In our country we are fortunate to have some of the most innovative and hardworking businesses in the world. Products manufactured in America often surpass the quality and reliability of any competitor worldwide. I believe it’s important that we recognize the individuals who take risks to pursue their vision which is why I was honored to be invited to join the White House Made in America Product Showcase and Roundtable this week.
I had the great privilege to visit with business leaders from Oklahoma’s very own Ditch Witch, as they presented their tremendous products in our nation’s capital. It was an amazing experience to see Ditch Witch’s high-quality construction equipment on the White House grounds. Based out of Perry, Oklahoma, this company serves as a tremendous representation of the ingenuity and adaptability of our state.
Another fantastic Oklahoma business had the opportunity to showcase its products to President Trump at the Made in America Roundtable. I joined Rob Flory, CEO of BlankSlate Coasters out of Stillwater, to help promote his enterprising story of hard work as he partnered with Walmart to drastically expand his company’s product distribution.
While it’s important to celebrate and honor America’s small business, we also must recognize the numerous challenges they face. Onerous rules and regulations passed down from the federal government often make it difficult for new firms to grow, which in turn diminishes capital investment and the hiring of new employees.
For the past eight years, Congress has fought to push back a regulatory agenda that was holding down economic growth here at home. It was only with the beginning of a new administration that we have been able to cut the red tape that has hindered free enterprise.
Our primary tool in Congress to accomplish this effort has been the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This legislation enables Congress to repeal regulations passed toward the end of the previous presidential administration that left our country with an extraordinary regulatory burden to contend with. The CRA has enabled Congress to chip away at the roughly $740 billion economic cost of regulations authored by the Obama administration. So far we have made significant progress in lifting the regulatory burden from energy producers, manufacturers, and small businesses.
Beyond legislative fixes, our strongest asset to promote American business is through trade. That’s why events like the Made in America roundtable are so important. These occasions allow us to demonstrate support for our country’s amazing small businesses and highlight the importance of supporting small manufacturers. I believe that given a level playing field, American enterprise can surpass the innovation and productivity of any foreign company. Trade deals present companies with new ways to find growth by accessing untapped markets. We have seen this play an extraordinary role in the agriculture and energy sectors and I hope to see upcoming trade deals open doors for American manufacturing as well.
Our first step is to reclaim our economy here at home, and Congress is focused on identifying ways we can support startups and other smaller firms because when American businesses succeed, the American people succeed as well. Made in America is about creating opportunities, raising the standard of living, and restoring the reputation of American products worldwide. I look forward to continuing to work with the Trump administration and my colleagues in Congress to promote great American companies like Ditch Witch and BlankSlate Coasters here in Oklahoma.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) today participated in a House Agriculture Committee hearing to explore the state of infrastructure in rural America. Among the panel of witnesses was Oklahoma State University Dean of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Dr. Thomas Coon.
Lucas focused on the significance of our country’s investment in land grant institutions, and he noted that following the Morrill Act of 1862 and subsequent land grants these institutions provided the “opportunity for the first time in the history of the world, for anyone with enough effort, energy, and some smarts to be able to secure a college education.”
Lucas asked Dr. Coon about how funding for land grant universities is utilized toward maintaining existing facilities and supporting the researchers and students at these institutions. Dr. Coon explained that good stewardship and diligence are critical to supporting the mission of these programs and attracting the highest quality faculty to promote innovation in agriculture.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) today voted to pass the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation which funds our nation’s military and sets our defense priorities for the year to come. Lucas released the following statement upon passage of the bill:
“After the previous presidential administration left our military underfunded and stagnant, it is more important now than ever that we strengthen our investment in defense to support the men and women who protect our country and its interests. This year’s defense spending bill builds on President Trump’s commitment to rebuild our military by increasing troop pay by 2.4 percent and boosting the number of active duty personnel in the Army, Navy, and Air Force by over 18,000 troops.
“In addition to increasing funding for our nation’s missile defense program, this bill also features a number of projects to support new technologies such as the KC-46A tanker. Altus Air Force Base will be tasked with training for these next generation aircraft, which are critical to extending the mobility and reach of our military across the globe.
“The progress we have made to rebuild and modernize our country’s defense will help keep America safe and project a message of strength abroad.”
H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, provides for $695.9 billion in defense funding.Read More
Washington, D.C. – This week Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) joined two of his colleagues in sending a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development requesting a one year delay for the implementation of electronic logging devices (ELDs) for livestock haulers. Lucas, along with Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-Kan.) and Congressman Jason Smith (R-Mo.), highlighted the unique nature of transporting livestock, writing, “in this industry, it is imperative the animals arrive to their destination as quickly as possible, with limited offloading.”
“This mandate disproportionately impacts livestock haulers and could lead to fewer transportation options, steeper trucking costs, and stress or damage to cattle,” said Congressman Lucas. “In order to ensure ranchers can reliably and affordably access markets, we must provide flexibility to livestock haulers as we explore the implications of this rule and develop long-term solutions.”
Excerpt from the letter:
Livestock haulers across the country have the difficult task of ensuring motorist safety while also tending to the health and welfare of the animals transported. Unfortunately, the pending December 18, 2017 ELD enforcement date and existing hours of service rules do not adequately accommodate this subset of the industry. A one year delay would allow time for industry members and authorities concerns to be addressed, as well as receive sufficient training to ensure uniform compliance and enforcement.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) recently visited with the winner of the Third District Congressional Art Competition. Wyatt Radford, a student at Alva High School, was named this year’s winner for his photograph entitled “Cold Morning, Hot Cup”. He traveled to Washington last week with his family to accept the award.
“It was a pleasure to visit with Wyatt and his family to discuss his work and the inspiration for his contest submission,” said Congressman Lucas. “Each year, I’m impressed with the level of talent and creativity of students who participate in the Congressional Art Competition, and this year was no exception. Wyatt’s piece entitled ‘Cold Morning, Hot Cup’ is a tremendous reflection of our community and I’m proud to have his work represent Oklahoma’s Third District as it hangs in the U.S. Capitol for the next year. I look forward to seeing more of Wyatt’s photography and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
Wyatt’s photography will be featured in the United States Capitol for the next year alongside winners from other congressional districts.
Lucas with Third District Art Competition Winner, Wyatt Radford
“Cold Morning, Hot Cup”[Full Size]
For more information or to learn how to participate in next year’s Congressional Art Competition, please visit Congressman Lucas’s web site at http://lucas.house.gov/serving-you/art-competition.Read More
Washington – Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) released the following statement on the Trump administration’s action to withdraw the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule:
“I applaud the Trump administration for moving to repeal the Waters of the U.S. rule,” said Congressman Lucas. “This Obama-era regulation sought to expand federal control over landowners and has generated widespread uncertainty among ag producers and other businesses throughout rural America. I’m glad we now have an EPA that is focused on protecting our country’s natural resources through cooperation with state and local entities rather than coercion through the federal government.”Read More
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.
“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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Rep. Marshall – Eric Pahls, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Thornberry – Jordan Hunter, email@example.comRead More
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:
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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.
It was a privilege to take part in the White House Made in America Roundtable to support products made here at home. https://t.co/EjpbV80Dmt