Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) released the following statement today after President Donald Trump visited with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the U.S.-Russia summit in Helsinki:
“Maintaining an open dialogue with world leaders is central to the president’s job in protecting American interests. However, in this case, it is critical to not lose sight of Russia’s abysmal history of human rights abuse, military aggression, and violent intimidation of its ideological adversaries.”
“Let’s be clear. Under former KGB agent Putin, Russian entities have meddled in western democracies in order to destabilize and manipulate political outcomes. In light of this, President Trump should be forthright and unwavering in denouncing Russia’s efforts to influence the American election process.”
Washington, D.C. – Representatives Frank Lucas (OK-03) and Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the U.S. Air Force and Boeing announced their respective agreement for the first KC-46 Tanker delivery in October 2018. Altus Air Force Base, in Lucas’ district, will be one of the first military installations to receive a delivery.
“The announcement of the first KC-46 Tanker deliveries is great news for Altus Air Force Base and the surrounding community,” said Congressman Lucas. "I am proud of the hardworking men and women at this base whose efforts have made Altus the best option for the KC-46A Formal Training Unit, and it is always encouraging to see projects like this generate economic growth in Oklahoma’s Third District. For 75 years, Altus AFB has played a critical role in our country’s national defense, and today we are excited to see that mission expand even further.”
“As a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I am thrilled that the KC-46 Tanker delivery schedule has been announced,” said Congressman Cole. "The Air Force and other services will greatly benefit from this highly capable aircraft, which is a militarized version of the Boeing 767. The ability to conduct in-flight refueling, as well as provide a cargo deck with three times as much cargo and twice as many passengers as the existing KC-135, is a tremendous improvement for our warfighters.”
In October, four KC-46 Tankers will be delivered to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, and then four will be delivered to Altus Air Force Base in Altus, Oklahoma.
In 2016, Tinker Air Force Base broke ground on its KC-46 Sustainment Campus which will be the location for repairs, maintenance and overhauls throughout the lifecycle of the tankers.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, released the following statement upon House passage of the Agricultural and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2).
“I am pleased my colleagues in the House have acted to pass the 2018 Farm Bill,” said Congressman Lucas. “This legislation underscores the importance of protecting the farm safety net for producers and ensuring our fellow citizens have access to a safe and affordable food supply. The 2018 Farm Bill builds upon the success of the 2014 Farm Bill and, in this environment of low commodity prices, gives producers greater economic certainty to plan for the future.”
“I’m proud of the work by my colleagues in the House Agriculture Committee in crafting a comprehensive bill. Now, it is crucial that the Senate passes a Farm Bill so that a final product can be developed in conference committee.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3), a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement upon passage of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155), legislation to provide relief for small banks and credit unions across the country:
“For several years, small financial institutions throughout Oklahoma have asked for regulatory relief from Dodd-Frank,” said Congressman Lucas. “Today, I’m proud to support legislation that will roll back some of those burdens that are driving up costs for consumers and limiting access to capital. Passage of this bill is a major victory and first step toward bringing financial markets back to full efficiency and capacity.”
“While I am happy to deliver positive news to small banks, credit unions, and my constituents who rely upon on these institutions, I believe there is much more work to be done to unwind Dodd-Frank, expand capital investment, and restore economic opportunity in our country.”
S. 2155 modifies provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and other laws governing regulation of the financial industry. The bill changes the regulatory framework for small financial institutions with assets under $10 billion (community banks) and for large banks with assets over $50 billion. The bill also makes changes to consumer mortgage and credit-reporting regulations and to the authorities of the agencies that regulate the financial industry.
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Lucas announced the winners of the Third District Congressional Art Competition:
First Place & Facebook Fan Favorite:
‘Love for the Game’
Photography by Myrna Curry
Friends Stick Together
Pastel drawing by Kade Hathaway
Elk City, Okla.
“I’m proud to announce that Myrna Curry of Mooreland, Okla. is the winner of this year’s art competition,” said Congressman Lucas. “Her inspired photography will serve as a remarkable reflection of our community as it is displayed in the U.S. Capitol over the next year for thousands of visitors to enjoy. Oklahoma’s Third District is home to several gifted young artists and I want to thank all of the students who participated in this year’s competition.”
Kade Hathaway of Elk City won second place for his pastel drawing entitled, ‘Friends Stick Together’. His artwork will be displayed in Lucas’s District office in Yukon, Okla.
Myrna’s first place piece was also chosen as the “fan favorite” by users on Congressman Lucas’s official Facebook page.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) today visited the White House to join a round table discussion with President Trump, governors from several agricultural states, and members of the U.S. House and Senate to discuss recent trade tariffs and challenges facing American agriculture. After the meeting, Lucas released the following statement:
“I enjoyed the opportunity to sit down with President Trump to discuss the importance of the next Farm Bill, as well as the impact of trade tariffs here at home, especially throughout rural America,” said Congressman Lucas. “Farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and energy producers rely on our foreign trade partners in order to sell their goods into the world market. I was impressed with the president’s sincerity to expand trade opportunities for American products, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to promote fair trade deals that will strengthen our producers’ ability to compete globally.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, released the following statement upon introduction of the Agricultural and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2).
“I am pleased to see the next Farm Bill introduced and filed today,” said Congressman Lucas. “A comprehensive Farm Bill is critical in supporting the efforts of our country’s hardworking farmers and ranchers to provide the most cost effective, plentiful, and safest food supply in the world. This legislation builds off the strengths of the 2014 Farm Bill and represents the best safety net for agricultural producers in challenging economic times.”
“As Chairman of the Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee, I am also encouraged to see that Conservation Reserve Program acreage numbers have been increased by five million and voluntary conservation programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) will receive robust funding.”
Markup of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 will take place on Wednesday, April 18th.
Rep. Frank Lucas (OK-3) emphasizes the impact the farm bill has on the lives of all Americans. From providing healthy nutrition for families to protecting the environment, the farm bill plays an active role in everyday lives.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) today voted to pass 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. The legislation will now be sent to President Trump for final approval. Upon passage of the bill, Congressman Lucas issued the following statement:
“Today Congress has approved a sweeping reform to our nation’s tax code – something that has only happened twice since WWII. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will allow American families to keep more of their hard-earned dollars to put toward priorities such as saving for their children’s education, purchasing a new home, or investing for the future.”
“By lowering rates and making it easier for companies to bring home foreign earnings, this bill will level the playing field for American workers and businesses who are competing with folks from around the world. The legislation will also encourage capital reinvestment and new job hiring across several industries. Energy firms drilling for oil in Western Oklahoma or an ag producer purchasing a better tractor to more efficiently raise wheat are just a couple examples of how reforming our nation’s tax code can generate renewed economic growth her at home.”
“Overhauling our tax code to broaden out the base, simplify the rules, and lower rates is an enormous undertaking, and I am proud to join my colleagues today to deliver much-needed relief to American taxpayers.”
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Highlights
· Lowers individual taxes and sets rates at 0%, 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, and 37%
· Roughly doubles standard deduction to $12,000 and $24,000 for individual and joint filers
· Doubles the Child Tax Credit to $2,000
· Lowers corporate rate to 21% from 35%
Preserves the mortgage interest deduction for current homeowners with existing mortgages and will be available up to $750,000 for new mortgagesRead 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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