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Washington Week: Senate advances defense plan; Harjo named poet laureate

A mostly natural metal Boeing B-1B Lancer is shown moments after the main landing gear tires have touched the runway at the end of a post-maintenance check-flight with the 10th Flight Test Squadron, Air Force Reserve Command, June 20, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The large building behind the B-1B is building 3001, a former Douglas Aircraft manufacturing plant during World War II, now used by the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex and its parent organization the Air Force Sustainment Center. The B-1B is being flown by a highly-experienced crew from the 10th FLTS to ensure the aircraft and systems are fully functional following depot level maintenance conducted at the OC-ALC. Once the aircraft passes all checks it will be painted and then re-delivered for front-line service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Jim Myers

August 21, 2019

Washington – The U.S. Senate voted to proceed to a major defense measure sponsored by Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe amid escalating tensions with Iran, the House approved its first minibus spending bill without a crucial budget agreement and Tulsa native Joy Harjo made history by becoming the first Nati...

”Editability they so desperately need”- Oklahoma senators split on budget bill

''Editability they so desperately need''- Oklahoma senators split on budget bill

Jim Myers

August 2, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Oklahoma’s two U.S. senators – Republicans Jim Inhofe and James Lankford – split their votes on a two-year-budget bill that President Trump quickly signed into law, and Inhofe’s provisions on modernizing the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System and authorizing funding...

Emergency aid approved while mammoth defense bill wins Senate passage

Jim Myers

June 28, 2019

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers gave final congressional approval to a $4.59-billion emergency spending bill for a humanitarian crisis at the southern border and senators passed a major defense bill sponsored by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) that includes benefits for Oklahoma military installations but rejected an amendme...

Disaster relief bill signed into law

Jim Myers

June 7, 2019

Washington – With the support of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, a much-delayed $19.1-billion disaster relief bill finally won final congressional approval and was signed into law by President Trump. H.R. 2157 provides funding through agencies ranging from the U.S. Department of Agricul...

Disaster aid bill stumbles in the House

Jim Myers

May 24, 2019

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a long-awaited disaster supplemental bill that would provide aid to storm-ravaged Oklahoma and other states hit by hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and volcanoes. Passed by a vote of 85 to 8, the $19.1 billion bill, H.R. 2157, went back to the U.S...

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. ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Oklahoma looking to call in more gambling revenue for education fund pot

Tyler Hall

April 8, 2018

As the teacher walkout intensified over the past week, the methods Oklahoma uses to obtain education funding came under extreme scrutiny.   Many took to social media to share their confusion, outrage and – most importantly – find answers. Sonya Nevaquaya, former tribal leader and casino compliance off...

Oklahoma teacher participates in second statewide walkout of her career

Taitum Wilson

April 6, 2018

Some educators have been teaching in Oklahoma long enough to participate in two statewide teacher walkouts that demanded greater education funding from the state legislature. Thousands of teachers and students gathered at the Oklahoma State Capitol on April 2 to speak with their representatives...

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