Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) applauds the passage of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2 – Agricultural Improvement Act in both the House and Senate.
“I am pleased my colleagues in the House and Senate have acted to pass the 2018 Farm Bill,” said Congressman Lucas. “This legislation builds upon the successes of the 2014 Farm Bill by protecting the safety net for producers and ensuring our fellow citizens have access to affordable, high-quality food. Low commodity prices have created a challenging environment for our country’s farmers and ranchers, so the farm safety net is more important than ever in providing producers with much-needed economic certainty.”
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) mourns the loss of former President George H. W. Bush. Congressman Lucas released the following statement:
“The first time I met George W. H. Bush he was Vice President of the United State and in the early stages of his successful run for President in 1988. I noted that day, that though he was a man of wealth from a very old stabilized east coast family, he wore a simple Timex watch and doodled patterns with a pencil on a piece of paper as he discussed every possible issue that could matter to a group of Oklahomans. I left that meeting impressed with him as a person and a knowledgeable leader.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) was named the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Congressman Lucas released the following statement:
“I am grateful to the members of the Republican Steering Committee and our conference for entrusting me with the position of Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. As the Democrats retake control of the House, I look forward to leading my Republican colleagues in holding the new majority accountable and promoting a conservative agenda.”
The Science, Space, and Technology Committee has jurisdiction over programs at NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Committee oversees agency budgets of $42 billion, where the primary focus is on research and development. Rep. Lucas has been serving on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee since 1999 and Vice-Chair of the Committee since 2015.
SURESNES, FRANCE – With the world reflecting on the centennial of the Armistice of World War I, U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (OK-3) laid a wreath this past Saturday at Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial just outside of Paris, France to honor a fallen Oklahoma native who lost his life in “The Great War.”
Lucas laid the wreath at the gravesite of Private John A. Butler, who served in the 344th Field Artillery Regiment, 90th Division of the U.S. Army. A Veteran of World War I, he passed away on August 29, 1918. His division was one of the units that did not exist prior to US entry into WWI, and it was formed by creating a cadre of experienced officers and sergeants and filling the ranks with new conscripts. The division was organized in Sep 1917 in Oklahoma, and the first wave of new recruits came from Texas and Oklahoma.
In addition to laying the wreath, Lucas also participated in a memorial ceremony at Suresnes Cemetery to honor other Americans who lost their lives in World War I.
“Though a century has now passed since Private Butler and his comrades were laid in eternal rest just outside of Paris, I was proud to honor their bravery and memory today,” said Rep. Frank Lucas. “Like young American men and women, from every generation, they went off to fight for our freedom and never got to come home. We owe them everything.”
Lucas was joined at the ceremony by other members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Representatives were in Paris this past weekend participating in the Franklin Center’s and The Ripon Society’s 34th Annual Transatlantic Capital to Capital Exchange. Also participating in Saturday’s ceremony were former U.S. Reps. Dave Camp (MI-4) and Connie Morella (MD-8). Camp serves as the Chairman of the Franklin Center, and is the former Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Morella serves as the Chairwoman Emeritus of the Franklin Center, and is the former Ambassador to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development from 2003-2007. She also served on the American Battle Monuments Commission, which was created by Congress in 1923 and is the guardian of America’s overseas commemorative memorials and cemeteries.
Located just outside of Paris, Suresnes is one of those cemeteries. Over 1,500 American Service Members and volunteers who lost their lives in World War I are interred at the cemetery along with 24 unknown dead from World War II. Bronze tablets on the walls of the chapel record the names of 974 soldiers missing in action. Originally serving as a temporary cemetery for the American Hospital of Paris in 1917 toward the end of World War I, General Pershing selected it as the first site of nine permanent American Cemeteries.
Saturday’s ceremony and wreath laying at Suresnes coincided with other events held in France and throughout Europe to mark the centennial of the end of World War I.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) announced he will run for Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Congressman Lucas released the following statement:
“I have recently begun informing my colleagues in the House GOP Conference that I intend to run to be the Ranking Republican at the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in the 116th Congress. As the current Vice-Chairman of the Science Committee, I look forward to discussing my candidacy and vision for the committee with my colleagues. I will remain an active member of the House Financial Services and Agriculture committees in the next Congress and look forward to serving on those committees under the leadership of Chief Deputy Whip McHenry and Chairman Conaway. Mike is working diligently to get our farmers and ranchers a new Farm Bill before the end of the year, and Patrick will do an outstanding job as Ranking Republican at Financial Services.”Read More
Today, the House passed H.R. 4753, the Federal Reserve Supervision Testimony Clarification Act, sponsored by Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03). This bill mandates that in the absence of a Vice Chair of Supervision at the Federal Reserve, someone from the Federal Reserve Board is designated to appear before Congress to testify on supervisory issues.
“Dodd-Frank established the Vice Chair for Supervision position to oversee those efforts, but the first confirmed appointee to that position took office only last year, a full seven years since Dodd-Frank,” said Rep. Frank Lucas. “During that time, Congress received minimal testimony on regulatory issues from the Fed. Typically, other officials who don’t oversee regulatory efforts gave testimony in this regard. But the key point is Dodd-Frank requires only the Vice Chair for Supervision to give that testimony. While we are grateful that other Fed officials decided to speak to Congress on regulatory issues, they didn’t have to under the law.”
Despite the simplicity, this bill is about the oversight authority of Congress. Congress gave the Federal Reserve much greater regulatory authority under Dodd-Frank, so it is vitally important that Congress hears from it on regulatory developments. Not only that, hearing from officials that are very knowledgeable on issues in their areas, particularly when these regulations have a large effect on capital and money markets, allows more transparency in government agencies.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) today voted to pass the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 6157, the second Fiscal Year 2019 minibus appropriations package. This legislation includes funding for the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Lucas released the following statement upon passage of the bill:
“This is the first time in a decade that Congress has sent a spending bill for defense to the President’s desk on time. This is critical funding for defense and domestic issues, including rebuilding and restoring our armed services and supporting our men and women in uniform. Those serving in our military deserve the stability of a fully funded Department of Defense.”
“The Third District of Oklahoma is home to two Air Forces bases, so prioritizing defense funding is imperative. This bill authorizes a 2.6 percent raise for our troops, which is the largest pay raise in nine years. Congress is ensuring the Department of Defense has the ability to modernize in order to keep our country safe.”
“The bill also directs historic funding to fight and end the opioid epidemic. With Oklahoma being one of the leading states in opioid prescriptions, supporting programs to combat this crisis is common sense legislation.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, delivered an opening statement as a conferee on the congressional conference committee for the 2018 Farm Bill.
“The pundits in this town said there would never be another bad day in rural America, so you don’t need a farm bill. We created a safety net, knowing that there would be another bad day. Cash commodity prices are essentially half of what they were when we last met. That adds to the importance of passing another farm bill.”
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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.
Looking forward to representing #OK03 in the 116th Congress. Welcome to my new colleagues.
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