Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement after the House voted on the adoption of H.Res. 489- Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress:
“Twice this past year, I have voted for resolutions in the hope to restore civil discourse and raise the bar of civility on the House Floor. But today, House Democrats voted to overturn House rules, so the Speaker could engage in personality attacks against the President. The use of hateful and insidious rhetoric has become incredibly routine, demeaning the values we’ve set for ourselves as a society.
“I refuse to be a part of an exercise that completely rejects civility in order to score political points. Tonight, I voted against the continuation of such offensive political practices. I believe it’s time that Congress deliver on its promises to the American people and rise above this harmful political rhetoric.”
Background: Earlier this year the U.S. House of Representatives voted on two resolutions, H.Res. 41-Rejecting White nationalism and White supremacy, and H.Res. 183- Condemning anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States. Congressman Frank Lucas voted in favor of both resolutions in the 116th Congress.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement after House Democrats/ passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 by a partisan line vote of 220 - 197. Lucas opposed the legislation which underfunds the U.S. Department of Defense, includes partisan provisions, and lacked historical bipartisan support.
“For nearly six decades, the NDAA was a symbol of Congress’ commitment to putting party politics aside and upholding the safety and security of our nation’s defense and the needs of the brave men and women who serve in the ranks of our military,” said Congressman Lucas. “Unfortunately, partisan provisions in this bill have swindled our armed services and defrauded the bill of bipartisan support.
Lucas continued stating, “Ignoring advice from top military brass, including individuals such as former Secretary of Defense Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford, calling for 3-5% growth, an increase of technological programs, and the strengthening of nuclear deterrent programs, the NDAA instead undermines our nation’s defense. Reducing personnel accounts by $1.2 billion, cutting programs critical to deterring Russian and Chinese aggression, and preventing the Trump Administration from securing the Southern border, House Democrats are instead using our nation’s military as a political pawn in their dispute with the President.
Oklahoma’s 58,271 active duty, reserve, and civilian defense personnel deserve Congress’ bipartisan support and our nation deserves a Congress who upholds its duty to provide for the common defense. I applaud Sen. Inhofe’s leadership providing such support in the Senate and look forward to Congress’ return to its bipartisan commitment.”
Background: The Senate passed the NDAA with a bipartisan vote of 86 – 8. The Senate-passed National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020 supports a total of $750 billion for national defense programs, including a 3.1% pay raise for 2.15 million troops, maintained a secure and credible nuclear deterrent, and provided resources for the modernization of our nation’s military technology and capabilities.
The House-passed NDAA cuts personnel accounts by $1.2 billion, reduces nuclear modernization and recapitalization programs, forces the Trump Administration to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, and bans construction project on the border.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement applauding the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) announcement of grants to five local airports in Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District:
“Airports are a valuable component of our nation’s transportation infrastructure and serve as an important economic development tool,” said Congressman Lucas. “These projects will further impact the economic successes in the Third District while also increasing the safety and emergency response capabilities of our communities. I commend Secretary Chao and the Department of Transportation for their commitment to strengthening our district’s infrastructure network, and I look forward to partnering with them in the future as we seek to improve infrastructure in Western Oklahoma.”
The grants- which range from $299,700 for the Fairview Municipal Airport to $27,000 for the William R. Progue Municipal Airport- are funded through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The five FAA grants, totaling $678,800, will support the following airport projects in Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District:
Fairview Municipal Airport, City of Fairview - $299,700 for runway rehabilitation and runway lighting rehabilitation.
Skiatook Municipal Airport, Town of Skiatook - $247,500 for installation of taxiway lighting.
Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport, City of Guthrie - $56,000 for terminal apron rehabilitation.
Cushing Municipal Airport, City of Cushing - $48,600 for rehabilitation of taxiway.
William R. Pogue Municipal Airport, City of Sand Springs - $27,000 for construction of detention pond to improve airfield drainage and prevention of erosion.
Background: The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provides grants to public agencies — and, in some cases, to private owners and entities — for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS).Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it has adjusted the 2019 haying and grazing date allowing farmers who plant cover crops on prevented planting acres to graze those fields earlier than November 1st:
“For nearly a month, Oklahoma’s farmers were at the mercy of Mother Nature. Countless storms and an unprecedented amount of flooding dramatically changed the lives of Oklahoma’s farmers preventing many from planting the cover crops that many communities so greatly rely on.
The changes announced by USDA’s Risk Management Agency will provide great relief to Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers as well as much needed protection for Oklahoma’s golden crop- winter wheat.”
Background: USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) adjusted the 2019 final haying and grazing date from November 1 to September 1 to help farmers who were prevented from planting because of flooding and excess rainfall this spring. RMA has also determined that silage, haylage and baleage should be treated in the same manner as haying and grazing for this year. Producers can hay, graze or cut cover crops for silage, haylage or baleage on prevented plant acres on or after September 1 and still maintain eligibility for their full 2019 prevented planting indemnity.
Other USDA agencies are also assisting producers with delayed or prevented planting. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is extending the deadline to report prevented plant acres in select counties, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is holding special sign-ups for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program in certain states to help with planting cover crops on impacted lands. Contact your local FSA and NRCS offices to learn more.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer received a letter from nearly 1,000 agricultural groups calling on Congress to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):
“As a rancher and a wheat farmer, I know how important fair trade and market access is for Oklahoma’s agricultural products. As a Member of Congress, I know how important reducing costs on the American consumer and revitalizing numerous industries across the country can be for economic growth.
Many of Oklahoma’s agricultural leaders, including the Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative Council, Oklahoma Cotton Council, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association, Oklahoma Pork Council, and Oklahoma’s railroad associations have recently voiced their strong support urging Congress to quickly ratify USMCA. These groups are well aware of the economic impact that USMCA will have on our state’s economy but most importantly on the lives of Oklahoma’s producers.
Under the previous trade agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) supported more than 900,000 American jobs while also growing our nation’s agricultural exports from $9 billion in 1993 to nearly $40 billion in 2018. Oklahoma’s agricultural exports, alone, was valued at $1.8 billion annually.
The path for a stronger economy, fair and equitable trade, and better market access for our farmers couldn’t be clearer. Every day House Democrats delay the ratification, it adds even more instability in an already unstable marketplace.”
Click here to read the letter written to congressional leaders and here to read the U.S. International Trade Commission’s report, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and Specific Industry Sectors.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement of an agreement with Mexico and their commitment to address the humanitarian and security crisis at the United States’ Southern border:
“The agreement between President Trump and Mexico is fantastic news for the American economy, American security, and America’s producers. Tonight, we witnessed the President’s ability to negotiate bring a change to the United States.
Instead of imposing a tariff on one of our country’s largest trading partners, President Trump has assured the American people that Mexico will take a much tougher stance on illegal immigration currently migrating through their country. The outcome of this agreement is a win for both Oklahoma and America. I hope this agreement will lead to the passage of the U.S.M.C.A. and I strongly urge my colleagues to move for its immediate adoption.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2157, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019:
“Oklahoma is no stranger to natural disasters. From recent floods to wildfires, Oklahomans have experienced their fair-share of heartache. While tonight’s disaster relief bill doesn’t provide any aid mitigating the effects of the most recent flooding seen in our state, I, and every Oklahoman, are committed to lending a helping hand to our fellow countryman as they also piece their lives back together.”
The Senate Amendment to H.R. 2157, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 provides $191 billion in assistance for several natural disasters in fiscal years 2017 through 2019. Included in the $19.1 billion, is $3 billion for agricultural crop and livestock losses, $558 million for farmland rehabilitation, $480 million for forest restoration, $150 million for rural community facilities, and $435 million for watershed and flood prevention. The bill also includes $600 million in nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico as well as $304 million in new Community Development Block Grant for the island.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take actions to assist our nation’s farmers and agriculture producers in response to recent trade retaliation and disruption:
“For far too long, China and other foreign trading partners have targeted America’s farmers with discriminatory trade policies. As seen today, President Trump and Secretary Sonny Perdue are committed to protecting our nation’s agriculture producers from predatory trade practices while they weather unjustly retaliatory tariffs imposed by China.
Since his election, President Trump has promised to defend the American farmer while taking on a job that has long been overdue: holding China and other trading partners accountable while negotiating equitable and fair-trade deals. As a farmer and rancher, I know my fellow Oklahomans would prefer trade rather than aid, but the President’s actions are a bright example of how he is committed to assisting our farmers while developing new export markets on behalf of producers.
Today’s announcement of $16 billion in trade mitigation programs, $14.5 billion of that going directly to producers through the Market Facilitation Program, is not just relief to support our nation’s producers, it’s also an economic tool within the President’s toolbox in order to stabilize domestic markets while he continues to negotiate a fair, long-term deal better benefitting American agriculture.
While House Democrats continue to obstruct a bipartisan trade deal with our neighbors to the North and South, keeping our farmers and ranchers in limbo, I am grateful that our President is continuing his support and defending those producers on every front.”Read More
Shortly after the inauguration of the United States’ first president in New York City, the First United States Congress signed the Census Act of 1790.
Signed into law by President George Washington, Vice President John Adams, and Speaker of the House Frederick Muhlenberg, the Census Act of 1790 called for “the marshals of the several district of the United States shall be, and they are hereby authorized and required to cause the number of the inhabitants within their respective districts to be taken;”.
Since 1790, our nation has taken a count of its population every decade, ensuring that our representative democracy functioned properly and responsibly. Thus, the importance of an accurate count has become invaluable.
In rural areas especially, it is vitally important that accurate counts of the population are recorded in order to provide true and equal representation from our nation’s capitol to the state legislature.
Because of the importance of providing such an accurate count, several states have begun investing in initiatives ensuring that their census outreach programs provide as much of an accurate count as possible.
Similar to how exploration has influenced our nation’s geographical boundaries, time and social influences have also affected the make-up of an ever-increasing population.
Following our Nation’s first census, the needs and interests became more complex resulting in a more detailed process for providing more information regarding our country’s civic, social, and economic well-being.
After the boom of the Industrial Revolution, the U.S. Census of 1810 included detailed commerce data relating to the successes of America’s manufacturing industry. Thirty years later in 1840, the first questions relating to agriculture were introduced- paving the way for what would become the United States Department of Agriculture’s annual Census of Agriculture. And in 1850, questions relating to the influence of our nation’s societal and cultural factors such as taxation, crime, and education were added- ensuring even more detailed data was included for the make up of our federal programs.
Decade after decade, the U.S. Census is a portrait detailing our nation’s economic and social characteristics. And the importance of each survey can not be underestimated.
Since 1790, the U.S. Census has accounted for congressional representation but over time the census has headed additional responsibility in ensuring that our republic truly represent the people.
In addition to shaping representation on the federal level, census figures are used in the apportionment and redistricting at the state and local government level ensuring that equal representation is found on all levels of our government.
Whether it’s allocating federal, state, and local grants, revenue-sharing programs, and even basic research for our academic institutions, the census is vitally important to how we shape our future.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement after the United States Department of Justice delivered Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report to the public.
“Today, the United States Department of Justice provided the complete transparency needed to bring this investigation to a close. Complying with current federal statute, protecting grand jury material, classified information, and the integrity of the investigative process, United States Attorney General William Barr provided the public a report that detailed an investigation spanning 22 months, 2,800 subpoenas, 500 executed search-and-seizure warrants, 40 intelligence officials, 19 attorneys, and two congressional investigations.
While the investigation into President Donald Trump and the Trump Campaign rocked our nation’s discourse for nearly two years, the American people now know, without a shadow of a doubt, that no Americans conspired with Russia to interfere in our elections.
While I’m encouraged by those who respected the honest work and integrity of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Republicans and Democrats alike, I believe it is now time to move on. For years partisan politics has dominated the rhetoric in both Washington and back home. I’m hopeful the close of this chapter in the story of American democracy will once again bring Republicans and Democrats together to focus on the issues affecting the lives of the American people.”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.
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