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Week in Washington: Congress returns from recess, votes on climate bill, presidential veto

Abigail Bitterman

May 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Oklahoma delegation returned to the nation’s capital this week as Congress returned from a two-week recess. The House of Representative focused on the Climate Action Now Act, while the Senate failed to override a presidential veto. Climate Action Now Act The House voted...

Week in Washington: Net neutrality, 100 days of Democratic House control and black hole

Abigail Bitterman and Anna Bauman

April 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma’s delegation debated net neutrality this week, as Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) criticized the Democrat-backed plan, while Rep. Kendra Horn (D-Okla.) applauded it. Here’s what the congressional members were up to this week: House passes Save the Internet Act The House of R...

Week in Washington: Lankford pushes for Senate efficiency, Republicans advocate anti-abortion bill

Anna Bauman and Abigail Bitterman

April 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma’s delegation tackled issues of abortion, violence against women and a complex yet important Senate rule change this week.  Here’s what congressional members have been up to in the district lately.  Violence Against Women Act reauthorization The House vote...

Week in Washington: Mueller report, Green New Deal and Senate confirmation process

Anna Bauman and Abigail Bitterman

March 29, 2019

WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation into President Donald Trump late last week, and everyone, including Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, had something to say about it.  Attorney General William Barr released a four-page letter saying Mueller’s report fo...

Week in Washington: Congress votes to block Trump’s declaration, end US involvement in Yemen

Anna Bauman and Abigail Bitterman

March 15, 2019

WASHINGTON — Issues of national and foreign security dominated the agenda for members of Congress this week.  Here’s a rundown of what’s happening in Washington:  Issues of national and foreign security dominated the agenda for members of Congress this week. ...

House hearing addresses crisis of missing, murdered Indigenous women

Abigail Bitterman

March 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — The issue of violence against Indigenous women is not a new one in the United States, or in Oklahoma, but it has recently started gaining notice at the federal level. At a hearing held by the House Subcommittee of Indigenous Peoples of the United States, members of Congress and witnesses discussed the issues around missing and murdered Indigenous women, the lack of awareness surroundin...

Inhofe introduces bill to make English official national language

Abigail Bitterman

March 7, 2019

WASHINGTON — As the battle over President Donald Trump’s wall at the U.S.-Mexico border continues, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced a bill this week that would make English the national language of the United States. The English Language Unity Act of 2019, S. 678, would establish Englis...

Horn to chair space and aeronautics subcommittee, boosts state’s role in space policy

Abigail Bitterman

March 7, 2019

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kendra Horn was named chair of the subcommittee on space and aeronautics, giving the state’s lone Democrat a chance to use her background in space policy while helping one of Oklahoma’s leading industries. Aerospace and aviation is Oklahoma’s second largest industry, said V...

Gov. Kevin Stitt attends first National Governors Association winter meeting

Abigail Bitterman

February 24, 2019

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma’s new governor sat in the ballroom of a Washington hotel Saturday morning listening to experts explain the bipartisan importance of criminal justice reform. It was one of many panels and meetings that Gov. Kevin Stitt attended over the weekend  — covering topics inc...

Oklahoma delegation split on support for spending bill

Abigail Bitterman

February 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma’s delegation was split on Thursday’s votes for a $333 billion spending package that includes funding for a physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border and would avoid another government shutdown. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who was one of 16 senators to vote no...

State of Union: President Trump pleased Oklahoma delegation

President Trump in the 2019 State of the Union address (C-Span)

Abigail Bitterman

February 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — Members of the Oklahoma delegation were pleased with President Donald Trump’s message of bipartisanship and unity in the State of the Union address Tuesday night, including on issues that affect Oklahomans. “My guess is, for most Americans and for many people in that room, f...

School district, researchers study new teaching strategies

Students work in a maker space as part of a study being done by Norman Public Schools and researchers at the University of Oklahoma. Photo provided by Lee Nelson

Abigail Bitterman

December 6, 2017

A study is looking to show the impact making has on student learning thanks to the help of a national grant. Norman Public Schools and researchers from the University of Oklahoma are working together to study making, maker spaces and what impact these have on learning through guided inquiry design....

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