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Sen. Markwayne Mullin and Rep. Josh Brecheen were among the first of Oklahoma’s delegation to voice their disapproval with the current state of Lankford’s border package.

Mullin, Brecheen refuse to support border bill

Analyse Jester and Katrina Crumbacher February 7, 2024

WASHINGTON – Sen. Markwayne Mullin and Rep. Josh Brecheen said no to backing the bipartisan border bill crafted by their fellow Republican legislator during telephone town halls with their constituents...

The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Photo by Lisa Maslovskaya, Gaylord News.

Lankford releases border bill; Gov. Stitt reaffirms tough stance

Lisa Maslovskaya and Katrina Crumbacher February 5, 2024

WASHINGTON D.C. – Sen. James Lankford has released the text of a bill framework designed to help fix the problem at America’s southern border, and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Monday during his State...

Photo of U.S. Capitol Building by Analyse Jester, Gaylord News

Families struggling during inflation crisis now can see light at end of tunnel

February 1, 2024

WASHINGTON – A tax reform bill designed to provide financial aid to struggling families received a thumbs-up on Wednesday from all but one of Oklahoma’s House members. The U.S. House of Representatives...

A Border Patrol vehicle patrols the border between San Diego and Tijuana in this 2016 file photo. Lawmakers sparred at a recent House hearing over whether a surge at the border contributes to human trafficking. (Photo by Donna Burton/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Lankford’s immigration policy work jeopardized by Trump

Lisa Maslovskaya January 27, 2024

WASHINGTON– Sen. James Lankford has for weeks been working on a bi-partisan immigration reform framework that now appears to be dead in the water, thanks to a statement made by former president Donald...

Chase Griffin shakes hands with representatives and NCAA President Charlie Baker shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan after an NIL hearing in Washington D.C. Lisa Maslovskaya/Gaylord News

Student athletes take issue with NIL regulation during hearing in Washington

Lisa Maslovskaya January 19, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The FAIR College Sports Act is designed to protect students, its sponsors say. But athletes who testified Thursday on Capitol Hill say the bill imposes burdensome restrictions and...

Reflections on journalisms climate from Washington

Reflections on journalism’s climate from Washington

Julia Manipella, Multimedia journalist December 18, 2023

WASHINGTON -- While working in Washington in the Fall 2023 shoulder to shoulder with some of our nation’s top political and visual journalists there were tangible shifts in industry and democracy in...

President Joe Biden speaks to the crowd at the 2023 White House Tribal Nations Summit before signing executive order on easier access to federal funding and investing funds for Native Americans. Gaylord News/Julia Manipella

Biden signs executive order sending U.S. toward a new era of tribal sovereignty

Maddy Keyes December 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — The beat of drums echoed off the walls of the Department of the Interior auditorium as members of the Native American Women Warriors Color Guard moved toward the stage with tribal flags...

Members of a Ceremonial Guard practice in front of the White House.  Julia Manipella/Gaylord News

Short-term funding no solution to long-term needs of nation’s military

Maddy Keyes November 17, 2023

WASHINGTON – While the government will not be shutting down for the holidays as some feared, some members of the military said the short-term funding bill signed Thursday by President Joe Biden still...

Kallan McKinney 2023 Student Poet representing the Southwest region recites their poem at the White House. Julia Manipella/Gaylord News

Norman High School student honored in White House ceremony for poem on climate change

Maddy Keyes November 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — An Oklahoma student was one of five poets from across the nation to be honored by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden at the White House Monday during the Class of 2023 National Student Poets ceremony.  Chosen...

Oklahoma Representative Frank Lucas (R, Cheyenne) is the longest-serving member of the House Committee on Agriculture and has had a hand in writing every Farm Bill since 1996. Julia Manipella/Gaylord News

Farm bill may not pass by end of year

Maddy Keyes November 8, 2023

WASHINGTON —  With just days until the country faces another potential government shutdown, it appears unlikely that Congress will pass a new Farm Bill before current funding expires at the end of the...

Photo by Elsa Olofsson. (

Oklahoma cannabis businesses ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Senate banking legislation

Maddy Keyes November 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — A long-awaited cannabis banking bill is making its way to the Senate floor after years of being held up in Congress.  But as the government recovers from a weeks-long speaker’s race...

Representative Tom Cole (R, Moore) claps and cheers for Rep. Mike Johnson’s (R, LA) Republican Conferences nomination for Speaker of the House of Representatives Tuesday night. Julia Manipella/Gaylord News

Repairing the damage is now job one for House Republicans

Maddy Keyes October 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — Twenty-two days after former Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy's historic ouster, Republicans unanimously voted Wednesday to elect Rep. Mike Johnson as the 56th speaker of the house, ending the...

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