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Oklahoma delegation to host town halls during congressional recess

Anna Bauman

April 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — Congress is not in session this week or next, so Oklahoma’s congressional delegation will return home to meet with people and organizations across the state.  Each member will host town halls to give legislative updates, discuss their recent work and answer questions from Okla...

Freshman Democrat Kendra Horn leads pack with $370,000 in contributions

Freshman Democrat Kendra Horn leads pack with $370,000 in contributions

Anna Bauman

April 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — Freshman Democrat Kendra Horn leads Oklahoma’s delegation in this quarter’s campaign contributions after kicking off an aggressive fundraising campaign aimed at defending her seat in the state’s only battleground district.  Horn’s campaign reported raising nearly $373,000 si...

U.S. Senate confirms Patrick Wyrick to Oklahoma federal district court

Anna Bauman

April 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Patrick Wyrick to serve as U.S. district judge for the Western District of Oklahoma a year after his initial nomination with vocal support from both Oklahoma senators. Wyrick, 38, was confirmed with a party line vot...

Oklahoma Rep. Mullin urges Congress to renew mental health program as funding nears end

Abigail Bitterman and Anna Bauman

March 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill alongside House and Senate members to expand a national mental health treatment program for which funding runs out March 31.  “We can’t afford to let that happen,” Mullin said.  May ...

Week in Washington: Voting rights, anti-Semitism and more

Anna Bauman and Abigail Bitterman

March 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — Voting rights and hate speech took center stage on Capitol Hill this week.  House Democrats spent the week focusing on a sweeping voting rights and ethics bill ahead of a Friday vote but got caught up with an internal debate over how to respond to comments made by Rep. Ilhan Om...

Sen. James Lankford addresses budget deficit, national debt in latest Federal Fumbles report

Anna Bauman

March 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) released his annual Federal Fumbles report that highlights cases of government inefficiency and proposes solutions on Tuesday. Chock-full of football analogies, stock photos and colorful block letters, the 60-plus page document nevertheless confronts ...

Oklahoma GOP reps vote ‘no’ on U.S. House bill to overturn national emergency, but measure passes

Anna Bauman

February 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — Despite some reservations, Oklahoma’s Republican representatives backed President Donald Trump on Tuesday by voting against a resolution to overturn the national emergency that would allow him to bypass Congress and fund a border wall.  “I think the president is acting in the natio...

Oklahoma farmers encouraged by EPA’s proposal to narrow definition of federally regulated waters

Anna Bauman

February 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma farmers are pleased that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken a step to roll back government oversight of the country’s waters by proposing a change to an Obama-era rule one farmer called a “terrible overreach.”  “We’re very encouraged,” said Rodd Moesel...

Oklahoma’s $185 million in military construction funds threatened by Trump’s national emergency

Anna Bauman

February 20, 2019

WASHINGTON — Construction on $178 million facilities at Altus and Tinker Air Force bases that would provide training and maintenance for a much-heralded new aircraft could be threatened if President Donald Trump redirects these funds as part of his national emergency declaration.  Up to $3.6 billion of U.S. Depart...

Trump touted a bipartisan message of unity during his State of the Union address

Trump touted a bipartisan message of unity during his State of the Union address

Anna Bauman

February 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kendra Horn stood, cheered and high-fived her female peers as they gathered in a sea of white for Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.  “It’s almost beyond description,” Horn said of the moment President Donald Trump noted the record-breaking number of wome...

Oklahoma loses clout as minority members in the U.S. House of Representatives

Anna Bauman

February 1, 2019

WASHINGTON — When the U.S. House of Representatives flipped to a Democratic majority after eight years of conservative control, Republicans undoubtedly lost power.  That includes representatives from Oklahoma, who are now relying on bipartisan relationships and prominent committee assignmen...

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