Senator James Lankford and others want to cut the federal government’s red tape:
Senator James Lankford and others want to cut the federal government’s red tape:
Susskind was press secretary for another congressman, and before that spent over ten years in media working for Fox News, C-SPAN, and Radio America in Washington DC, among other media outlets.
Russell said, “We are very excited to have Daniel with us. His background of working on various shows across multiple networks will be an asset to our office.”
A native of the Washington, DC area, Daniel is an alum of the University of Maryland at College Park and received his Master’s degree from the American University School of Communications.
“Over the last 24 hours, the Senate engaged in a lengthy full and open debate about our nation’s budget and our governing priorities. The Senate took more amendment votes today and yesterday than the Senate took all of last year, and passed a balanced budget resolution. The Senate budget responsibly balances the federal budget in 10 years and prioritizes core functions of government, all without raising taxes. Washington must set a budget and live within its means just like families and businesses do across Oklahoma. It is irresponsible for the federal government to continue the perilous path of large annual deficits. Today, we passed a budget that points us in the right direction.”
Three members of the congressional delegation issued statements following approval of the U. S. House budget plan.
Here are their statements:
Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) joined with 228 members to pass the House budget. As written, this budget cuts $5.5 trillion in spending and would balance within 10 years, as opposed to President Obama’s proposed budget that never balances. Even with these cuts, the budget would provide our military with the resources needed to protect and defend our nation, honor the service of our veterans by providing sufficient benefits, while simplifying the tax code and repealing Obamacare in full. Congressman Russell released the following statement:
“One of the most important aspects of the national budget is to make sure our military is fully funded and operational. This budget provides improved funding for our Armed Forces, and thus better reflects the commitment we should have to our men and women in uniform. Also, through a process called budget reconciliation, this is a huge first step in delivering a full repeal of Obamacare to the President’s desk.”
Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today voted for the U.S. House of Representatives plan to balance the federal budget in less than 10 years. The bill includes no tax increases and a provision to completely repeal Obamacare, setting the stage for patient-centered health care reforms.
“Prosperity for our children’s future means ensuring that they are not saddled with today’s debt,” said Mullin. “I am proud to support this responsible, good-government budget that prioritizes the future of America. Even more, it removes one of the greatest government overreaches in history, what we all know as Obamacare.”
The House plan also calls for reforms that would create a simpler, flatter tax code and provide more transparency and accountability within the federal regulatory system. Mullin, a second-term lawmaker from Westville, Okla., has been strongly supportive of such initiatives.
“As a business owner, I have seen how misguided laws and heavy-handed regulations are hurting jobs,” said Mullin. “What’s worse is that small businesses are being crippled in compliance costs from a ridiculously complex and unfair tax system. The ultimate price is decreased job growth across the country. The Obama administration must be held accountable for these heavy weighted burdens and overreaches.”
The House budget comes only weeks after the White House financial plan, which never reaches a balance and calls for roughly $1 trillion in tax increases. Mullin has firmly opposed the president’s plan, calling it irresponsible and out of touch with the priorities of Oklahomans.
“I was disappointed, but not surprised, when the president offered a budget that never balances and raises $1 trillion in new taxes,” said Mullin. “It is beyond time for the president to listen to the real concerns of Oklahomans and come to the negotiating table on getting our country’s fiscal house in order. Americans do not want more taxes or government mandates. They want a responsible budget that sets our country on the right path.”
Mullin also voted this week for an alternative conservative budget that achieved balance in six years.
Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Con. Res. 27, to establish the federal government’s budget for fiscal year 2016. The House proposal recommended by Republicans would balance the budget in less than 10 years, cut spending by $5.5 trillion, provide funding to maintain a strong national defense, repeal Obamacare, reform both the tax code and entitlements—like Medicare and Medicaid—and present real solutions to grow the economy.
“For the fifth consecutive year, I am pleased that House Republicans have passed a responsible budget that offers real solutions for changing the trajectory of our debt,” said Cole. “As it has in previous years, the House proposal actually achieves a balanced budget, unlike the president’s budget that raises taxes and still never balances. By making the necessary yet difficult decisions today, the House plan again reaffirms our commitment to protecting American prosperity and opportunity for future generations.
“As I have said quite often since both chambers unveiled their budgets last week, it is important to realize that these blueprints, including the one passed today, represent the starting positions for negotiating something we can all agree on. Just as we worked out the differences in our initial starting position through committee mark-up last week and this week during floor consideration in our own chamber, finding the same common ground is still required in the days ahead, especially as we face reconciliation with the Senate’s opening position,” concluded Cole.
To read a transcript and watch Congressman Cole’s remarks on the House floor during consideration of the rule for H. Con. Res. 27, click here.
Charlie Meadows of the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee has teed off on former Senator Tom Coburn, long known as one of the Senate’s most conservative members.
In a weekly email to OCPAC members, Meadows wrote:
Congressman Jim Bridenstine has responded to word he’s hired a conservative operative on his office staff:
The office of Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) is now accepting entries for the annual Congressional Art Competition.
Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors An Artistic Discovery, a nationwide competition for high school students interested in the arts and looking for an opportunity to showcase their creativity. The annual contest recognizes and encourages artistic talent of young constituents across the nation, including those living in Oklahoma’s Fourth Congressional District.
The winner’s artwork is displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. In addition, the winning prize includes travel to Washington with a guest for a reception, workshop and award presentation, courtesy of Southwest Airlines.
All entries are accepted at one of Congressman Cole’s district offices or the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce by 5 p.m. on April 24, 2015. Those locations are listed below:
2424 Springer Drive, Suite 201
711 SW D Avenue, Suite 201
100 East 13th Street, Suite 213
Ardmore Chamber of Commerce
410 West Main
The official entry form, contest rules and submission checklist are available on Congressman Cole’s website here. For other questions about the competition, please contact Elizabeth Norrie at (405) 329-6500.
Oklahoma’s junior Senator James Lankford will join Oklahoma’s senior Senator Jim Inhofe for a joint radio appearance on the KTOK 1000 Lee Matthews Show in Oklahoma City tomorrow (Friday) morning at 7:15am.
Lankford and Inhofe will discuss GITMO, foreign policy, and defense, among other issues being debated in the Senate.
Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today led his first Senate hearing as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. The hearing, entitled “Examining Federal Rulemaking Challenges and Areas of Improvement Within the Existing Regulatory Process” examined current federal regulations and the rulemaking processes.
“Today’s hearing focused on the federal government’s regulatory process; specifically, how regulatory process affects the quality, structure, efficiency, and accountability of agency rulemaking,” said Lankford. “Not all regulations are bad, but many are unnecessary, outdated and overly burdensome to companies and people. This was a good hearing to start the work of this this Subcommittee because the witnesses have clearly established that our process is in desperate need of reform.
“We are a nation of laws, not regulations. It is clear that there are also regulatory excesses and significant burdens. With over 25,000 pages of proposed rules published annually in the federal register by many of the federal government’s 430-plus agencies, federal regulations today place a $2 trillion dollar burden on the United States economy. In other words, the regulatory burden today equals 12% of the nation’s gross domestic product. At some point, individuals cannot make reasonable day to day decisions to advance their own family or business because they spend their time and treasure completing forms and federal requirements.”
Notable Witness Comments:
Drew Greenblatt, President and Owner of Marlin Steel Wire Products, LLC and Executive Board Member of the National Association of Manufacturers said, “Manufacturers believe regulation is critical to the protection of worker safety, public health and our environment… but that does not mean our regulatory system is not in need of considerable improvement and reform. New regulations are too often poorly designed and analyzed and ineffectively achieve their benefits. They are often unnecessarily complex and duplicative of other mandates. Their critical inputs—scientific and other technical data—are sometimes unreliable and fail to account for significant uncertainties. Regulations are allowed to accumulate with no real incentives to evaluate existing requirements and improve effectiveness. In addition, regulations many times are one-size-fits all without the needed sensitivity to their impact on small businesses. We can do better.”
The Honorable John Graham, Dean of Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and former Director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs said, “Organizations regulated by the federal government are sometimes subject to multiple overlapping, and duplicative regulations issued by the same federal agency, by multiple federal agencies, or by multiple federal, state and local agencies.”
“Federal agencies sometimes make quasi-regulatory determinations of large economic import but with no supporting cost-benefit analysis… Typically, these activities entail issuance of guidance documents, policy statements, waivers for state and local regulation, and signing of consent decrees that compel regulation…”
Neil Eisner, Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States and former Assistant General Counsel for Regulation and Enforcement at the Department of Transportation said, “An agency may not adequately address public comments, it may not provide a reasonable basis for its actions, or it may take too long to make a decision, but those failures may have been directed by officials outside the agency. It also may have been made by a political appointee in the agency who disagreed with career staff advice.”
Lankford was named the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management by Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) during a markup of the Committee’s rules on January 23.
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The House of Representatives passed the bipartisan EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act (H.R. 1029) this week, introduced by Science, Space, and Technology Committee Vice-Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.). The bill brings fairness, transparency, and independence to the EPA’s expert panel.
“The EPA’s Science Advisory Board was intended to provide a meaningful, balanced, and independent assessment of the science that informs federal regulatory decisions,” said Congressman Lucas. “However, the EPA systematically silences voices of dissent on the Science Advisory Board, ignores calls for independence and balanced participation, and prevents the Board from responding to Congressional requests. This is a good-government bill; it reflects the values we should uphold regardless of which side of the political aisle we are on. The bill recognizes the important role science should play in our policy debates and provides safeguards to give the public confidence in science. It restores the independent Science Advisory Board as a defender of scientific integrity.”