Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement on the passing of legendary Oklahoman T. Boone Pickens:
“America’s brightest orange is slightly dimmer today.
“As one of our nation’s most revered entrepreneurs and philanthropists, T. Boone Pickens dedicated his life to giving back to the thing that had the greatest impact on him- his community. The son of a landman and public servant, Boone became a pioneer giant in the energy industry and generous philanthropist who never forgot his roots.
“The State of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University will not be the same without the legendary pioneer, but his vision will live on in the hearts of many. As a Cowboy, T. Boone Pickens’ philanthropy transformed the University he so loved and inspired thousands of students to pursue their dreams.
Lynda and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the Pickens family as they mourn the loss of a father, grandfather, and great Oklahoman.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) will hold town hall meetings in Canadian, Noble, and Kay Counties on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 and Payne, Pawnee, and Osage Counties on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019. Residents around this location are invited to attend and share their thoughts on current events in Washington and in Oklahoma. Lucas will be discussing his recent work in Congress, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District, and seeking input on legislation currently before Congress.
Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
Canadian County Town Hall Meeting
10:00- 11:00 a.m.
Yukon Police Department
100 S. Ranchwood Blvd.
Yukon, OK 73099
Noble County Town Hall Meeting
1:30- 2:30 p.m.
Heritage Center & Ditch Witch Museum
6th & Cedar St.
Perry, OK 73077
Kay County Town Hall Meeting
3:30- 4:30 p.m.
Standing Bear Museum
601 Standing Bear Parkway
Ponca City, OK 74601
Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
Payne County Town Hall Meeting
9:00- 10:00 a.m.
Central Rural Co-Op.
3305 S. Boomer Rd.
Stillwater, OK 74074
Pawnee County Town Hall Meeting
11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Pawnee City Hall
510 Illinois St.
Pawnee, OK 74058
Osage County Town Hall Meeting
Pawhuska Community Center
520 Lynn Ave.
Pawhuska, OK 74056Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3877- Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. Lucas supported the legislation.:
“Today, the House took the first step in sending a bipartisan Budget deal to the President’s desk. This piece of legislation would protect Americans from the devastating effects that would come from defaulting on our national debt or crippling sequestration cuts.
While the bill isn’t perfect, President Trump and congressional leaders, from both sides of the aisle, are acting to protect the full faith and credit of the United States, provide clarity moving forward with the appropriations process, and are committed to the rebuilding and modernization of our military.
While I’m still concerned about increasing our national debt, I’m more concerned with the crippling economic effects that would be felt by all Americans should the U.S. default on the national debt and witness automatic sequestration cuts.”Read More
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
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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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