Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) today voted to pass H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, legislation that amends the Internal Revenue Code to lower taxes rates and adjust various tax credits and deductions for businesses and individuals. Upon passage of the bill, Congressman Lucas issued the following statement:
“Since World War II, the reform of our country’s tax code has only occurred twice – 1954 and 1986. Today, it is clear that we must take action to make American businesses and workers more competitive with the rest of the world, as well as to decrease the overwhelming tax burden on American families. This tax reform legislation doubles the standard deduction for individuals and joint filers to simplify filing and allow Americans to keep more of their hard-earned dollars. The bill also sets into motion the full repeal of the Estate Tax which will help protect family farms and other capital intensive businesses from onerous tax bills triggered by the death of a family member.
“I am optimistic that simplifying the tax code, broadening the tax base, and cutting rates will energize business growth and job creation here at home. Commonsense tax reform is long overdue and I am proud to join my colleagues to pass this bold plan that will launch our country into a new chapter of prosperity.”
H.R. 1 includes the following reforms to the tax code:
· Decreases number of tax brackets from seven to four
· Doubles the standard deduction to $12,000 for single filers and $24,000 for joint filers
· Expands Child Tax Credit to $1,600
· Doubles Death Tax exemption and repeals it entirely after seven years
· Small businesses will be taxed no higher than 25 percent
· Extends cash accounting for businesses like family farm corporations
· Allows full cost of new equipment to be written-off immediately
According to the Tax Foundation, middle-income households in Oklahoma will see, on average, $2,241 more in after-tax income, and Oklahoma will add an estimated 11,138 new fulltime jobs as a result of the House-passed tax plan.Read More
Veterans Day is an important moment for us to reflect on and cherish our family, friends, and neighbors who answered the call to serve our country. This year is unique in that it marks the 100th anniversary of the first unit of American combat troops to arrive in France during World War I.
Not only did WWI drastically alter the face of global politics, but, for many young Americans, the war was their first exposure to the world outside their small communities. Shortly after our country’s declaration of war in April of 1917, young men from towns like Woodward, Okla., shipped off to France with the first American Expeditionary Force.
This centennial brings back my memory of a family reunion 40 years ago.
My grandfather walked up to me and some of my younger relatives. “Go talk to Cousin Vern,” he told us. “He was in the war.”
The war he was referring to was, of course, World War I, and Vern Kendall was one of the first American troops in the trenches in France.
Vern told us that it was not longer than a couple weeks before his unit was sent on a nighttime patrol into no man’s land – that ominous extent of land between the two opposing trenches along the Western Front.
Vern admitted that he and his team were green troops, country boys on their first few days on the frontline, thousands of miles from home. In the dead of night, they were captured by a force of seasoned German soldiers.
He spent a year in a prisoner of war camp in Germany. Wide-eyed, my young relatives and I asked Vern about what it was like to be a prisoner. Vern said he was treated well by his captors but that food shortages throughout Germany meant the biscuits he ate each day were made of sawdust with a little bit of flour.
One of my relatives asked, “Did that make you mad, the biscuits?”
Vern replied, “No. Because the guards were eating the same sawdust biscuits, the civilians were eating sawdust biscuits. We were all starving. All of Germany was starving in 1918. That’s why they lost the war.”
To this day, Vern’s experience has had a major impact on my support for a strong military to defend our country and our constitution. But it also demonstrated that we cannot forget the important role production agriculture has in maintaining our national security. As the Germans were forced to realize during WWI, a strong and secure food supply is critical to the long term wellness of the country in times of peace and war.
Today I want to express my deepest gratitude to those brave young Americans of 1917 and 1918, whose efforts helped bring an end to one of the bloodiest conflicts in modern history. This great generation established a proud tradition of service that continues to this day. Now, with that generation passed, we thank the men and women who have served since then for their service and sacrifice to protect our freedoms and bring stability to the world.Read More
Yukon, Okla. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) will hold five town hall meetings next week in Woodward, Buffalo, Beaver, Guymon, and Boise City on Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17. 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 seeking input on legislation currently before Congress.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Woodward Town Hall Meeting
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Woodward Conference Center, Meeting Room 2
3401 Centennial Lane
Woodward, OK 73801
Buffalo Town Hall Meeting
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
NW Electric Cooperative, Medallion Room
102 W. Turner Street
Buffalo, OK 73834
Beaver Town Hall Meeting
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
First Security Bank, Cimarron Room
15 South Douglas
Beaver, OK 73932
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Guymon Town Hall Meeting
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (PTCI), Meeting Room
607 S. Main
Guymon, OK 73942
Boise City Town Hall Meeting
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (PTCI), Meeting Room
115 West Main Street
Boise City, OK 73933Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA) joined US Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) to introduce the State Regulatory Representation Clarification Act (H.R.3915/ S.1910). The legislation clarifies the requirement for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Board of Directors to include at least one individual who has served as a state bank supervisor.
“The folks in charge of overseeing our local credit markets and banks should be responsive to the specific needs and challenges of our local communities,” Representative Lucas said. “I’m proud to support this bill because it enhances state regulatory input by ensuring the FDIC Board reflects the perspective and experience of state bank supervisors.”
“In my first four years on the Financial Services Committee, nobody taught me more about the work of the committee than our Director of Washington’s Department of Financial Institutions, Scott Jarvis,” Representative Heck said. “I am not the only one who has seen the value of people like Scott, which is why this requirement was first implemented 20 years ago, and I am proud to support this clarifying bill today.”
“State bank supervisors understand local credit markets and comprehend the vital role banks play in individual communities,” Senator Hatch said. “With the recent growth in the number of state chartered banks, it is critical a state bank supervisor is on the FDIC Board to contribute their unique expertise and viewpoints. Our legislation gives state bank supervisors a seat at the table to ensure that the voices of local communities are heard.”
“As the FDIC administers federal policies, it’s important to have voices at the table who understand local communities and the banks that serve them are very different than big banks on Wall Street,” Senator Hirono said. “State bank supervisors have this important perspective, and the bipartisan bill that Senator Hatch and I are introducing today will ensure that the FDIC board has this necessary perspective in place when making and implementing policies that impact community banks.”
Statements of Support
“State regulators charter and supervise 78 percent of all U.S. banks, and we bring a local perspective on how credit and banking services affect individual communities. In 1996, Congress recognized this unique perspective by mandating that the FDIC Board of Directors include such representation,” John Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, said, “In recent years, this requirement has been improperly interpreted. The bipartisan, bicameral State Regulatory Representation Clarification Act, which we strongly support, reinforces Congress’ original intent: the FDIC Board must include a state bank regulator. Period.”
The State Regulatory Representation Clarification Act would clarify the need for at least one member of the FDIC Board of Directors to have “served as a state bank supervisor.” While the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 required that the FDIC Board include at least one director with “state bank supervisory experience,” the definition remains excessively vague and broadly applied.
This legislation would apply to future FDIC Directors and would not affect the terms of the current board.Read More
Yukon, Okla. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) will hold five town hall meetings next week in Pawnee, Pawhuska, Ponca City, Medford, and Enid on Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30. 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 seeking input on legislation currently before Congress.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Pawnee County Town Hall Meeting
1:30PM – 2:30PM
Pawnee City Hall
510 Illinois St.
Pawnee, OK 74058
Osage County Town Hall Meeting
3:30PM – 4:30PM
Pawhuska Community Center
520 Lynn Ave.
Pawhuska, OK 74056
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Kay County Town Hall Meeting
9:00AM – 10:00AM
Standing Bear Museum
601 Standing Bear Pkwy.
Ponca City, OK 74601
Grant County Town Hall Meeting
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Medford City Hall
615 North Front St.
Medford, OK 73759
Garfield County Town Hall Meeting
2:00PM – 3:00PM
Gantz Student Center, GU 100 (North Side of the Ballroom)
100 South University Ave.
Enid, OK 73701Read More
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
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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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