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Lankford Says Ethanol ‘Upgrade’ Will Hurt Economy

U.S. Senator James contends the Environmental Protection Agency will hurt the national economy if it proceeds with a mandated upgrade from E-10 to E-15 ethanol.

Speaking in Washington, D.C. at the CQ Roll Call policy forum “The future of Advanced Biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard,” he argued, ‘We have a mandate and there’s a perpetual push to say let’s use more gallons—it’ll be fine. It won’t be fine according to the manufacturers. We have a problem.”

The freshman Republican Senator told the crowd gathered at the National Press Club the average car in the U.S. is nearly eleven years old for the vast majority of Americans. “If you put E-15 into their cars, all of those manufacturers will tell you, the warranty is toast.” He said if you ask a manufacturer about using E-15, they will tell you it will void your warranty on an eleven-year old car.

“I have to tell you, I’m not opposed to ethanol,” continued the Senator. “I get it all the time, people always say ‘you’re opposed to ethanol.’ I’m not! I Just think the mandate is anachronistic for us. Let’s give Americans the choice. Let’s give them the option.”

Lankford said the nation wants fuel diversity. ‘But we don’t need a set of mandates that will actually drive us into doing strange things that only the government would do—when it’s trying to catch up with a policy that did not work.”

His remarks were the keynote speech at the forum which focused on the record of biodiesel and other advanced biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard as the energy industry expects the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of new volume requirements. Lankford already feels the EPA has a poor performance in announcing standards in a timely manner since the renewable fuel standards were created in 2005. The EPA has been consistently behind schedule for the announcements and has not met the deadline since 2009.


Lankford To Keynote Energy Forum

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Senator James Lankford will deliver a keynote speech at tomorrow’s CQ Roll Call policy forum entitled, The Future of Advanced Biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard, at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

The forum will focus on the record of biodiesel and other advanced biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard as the energy industry anticipates the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of new volume requirements. Senator Lankford’s remarks will focus on the industry’s challenges with meeting the Renewable Fuel Standard and the EPA’s poor performance in announcing standards in a timely manner. Lankford sits on the Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee in the Senate.

Created in 2005, the Renewable Fuel Standard requires that transportation fuel sold in the United States contains a minimum volume of renewable fuel. In the ten years since the regulation was enacted, the program has expanded to include diesel and has increased the amount required to be blended over time. However, the compliance standards have consistently been behind schedule for announcement. The EPA is required by law to finalize the blending requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard for the following year by Nov. 30; the deadline hasn’t been met since 2009.

WHAT: Senator James Lankford Speech at CQ Roll Call Energy Policy Forum

WHEN: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 8:00 a.m-10:30 a.m. ET (7:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. CT)

Lankford speech expected at approximately 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. CT)

WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045

A live webstream of the event will be available here: http://nsp.performedia.com/cqrollcall/frfs15/welcome


Mullin: One Toke Over The Line

Congressman Markwayne Mullin discussed the difference between alcohol and marijuana during a town hall meeting: http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/capitol_report/one-toke-over-the-line-says-congressman-markwayne-mullin/article_d4f2cdba-4a10-5961-a087-5df992e123d1.htm


Lucas Names Kirby Smith As Field Rep

lucassmithCongressman Frank Lucas has named Kirby Smith as his field representative for the southwest portion of Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District, which covers 11 counties.

Smith, a native of Elk City, previously served as the Public Information Manager for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

“I am glad to have Kirby join our team,” said Lucas. “With her knowledge of the district and previous work experience, she will be a tremendous asset to my staff and the constituents of Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District.

“Western Oklahoma is my home, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Congressman Lucas’ staff. I look forward to serving the people of Oklahoma’s third district,” said Smith.

Smith is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, earning both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Agricultural Communications. She is the daughter of Ralph and Tammy Smith of Elk City.

Congressman Lucas’ district office provides several services to constituents, including assistance with federal casework and information regarding federal grants. Smith will work out of Lucas’ Canadian County office. She can be reached at (405) 373-1958.


Photos Given Inhofe Real Or Fake?

A controversy surrounds photos given Senator Jim Inhofe: http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepage1/randy-krehbiel-u-s-sen-jim-inhofe-undeterred-by-photo/article_3e450e85-2108-5f21-a576-1b334697418a.html


Video: Lankford Discusses Executive Actions

Senator James Lankford discussed several executive actions today with Lou Dobbs of Fox News:


Russell Ended Campaign With Debt

Congressman Steve Russell ended his successful campaign with a debt, his report shows: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-u.s.-rep.-steve-russell-ends-2014-with-little-campaign-cash-lots-of-debt/article/5390320


Video: Cole Votes Against Obamacare

Congressman Tom Cole today released the following statement after supporting legislation to repeal Obamacare. In addition to repeal, H.R. 596 calls on lawmakers to draft alternative solutions to replace the president’s unworkable healthcare law.

“It should come as no surprise that the House again voted for repeal of the president’s unworkable, unfair and unaffordable healthcare law,” said Cole. “No Republicans voted for the law when it was inappropriately rammed through Congress, and it remains deeply unpopular with the American people. In addition to its inappropriate passage, the law hasn’t been enforced uniformly or implemented fairly

“While House Republicans yet again reiterated the views of the American people today by voting to repeal Obamacare, we also showed our commitment to finding alternative solutions to improve the nation’s healthcare system. Considering that the Supreme Court will hear a case that could very well rule the law unworkable, this is a dialogue worth having on both sides of the aisle sooner rather than later, and I am pleased to see the House leading that effort,” concluded Cole.


Lankford Gets 5 Appropriations Subcommittee Seats

The powerful Senate Committee on Appropriations today named Senator James Lankford to five Subcommittees: Energy and Water Development; Commerce, Justice, Science; Financial Services and General Government; Labor, HHS, Education; and State, Foreign Operations.

“Membership on these Subcommittees will give Oklahoma a voice on important matters that span a wide area of federal policy,” said Lankford. “I’m ready to get to work on federal waste and spending limitations through these Subcommittees. After more than a decade of committee gridlock, I’m eager to help return regular order and fiscal responsibility to our appropriations process.”

The Senate Committee on Appropriations is the largest committee in the Senate, and is widely considered one of the most powerful Committees in Congress. The Committee produces legislation that allocates funds for the federal government on an annual basis and uses the power of the purse granted in the Constitution to conduct regular oversight through the funding process. The last Oklahoman to serve on the Senate Committee on Appropriations was Senator Don Nickles, from the 100th through the 103rd Congress (1987-1995).

In addition to serving on Appropriations, Lankford sits on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on Indian Affairs. He was recently named Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, and also serves on the Senate Republican Whip Team for the 114th Congress.

Subcommittee jurisdiction:

·         Energy and Water Development Subcommittee: Department of Energy, Civil Corps of Engineers, and other relevant offices.

·         Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Subcommittee: Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, NASA, and other relevant offices.

·         Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee: some Treasury Department offices, Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Management and Budget, Internal Revenue Service, and other relevant offices.

·         Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee: Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, Social Security Administration, and other relevant offices.

·         State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee: Department of State, some Treasury Department offices, and other relevant offices.


Lankford Votes For Keystone XL Pipeline

Senator James Lankford released the following statement in support of Senate passage of the Keystone XL pipeline by a 62-36 vote:

“The Keystone XL pipeline infrastructure project would infuse billions of dollars into our economy and it would support thousands of good-paying American jobs, all in an environmentally responsible way. The delay of this project has been far too long. Building a pipeline should not take an act of Congress. The Administration has blocked the pipeline for six years saying they are ‘studying’ the route. No other administration in history, of either party, has ever held up a private construction project like this Administration.”


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