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20
Dec
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For the Children: Holiday Thanks from OICA

As we enter the week before Christmas, I would like to take time to reflect on the many people who have worked so hard to make a difference this year for the children of our state through the efforts of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA).  I know I will forget many, and I apologize as I only have a limited amount of space, but know we appreciate all that has been done to help the youngest Oklahomans over this past year.

Thu
20
Dec
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Supporting Rural America

As Congress continues to finish its work this year, I am encouraged that lawmakers in both chambers recently finalized and approved legislation that is vital to the success of our nation’s farmers and ranchers. Introduced under various titles over the years but known generally as the Farm Bill, this comprehensive piece of legislation is revisited every five years to ensure the best results are still being delivered to producers and consumers.  

While Oklahoma leads across several industries, agriculture is truly at the heart of our state’s commerce. Considering that there are more than 13,000 farms and ranches in the Fourth District of Oklahoma alone, there is no question that the Farm Bill matters to the economy and vitality of rural America.

Thu
13
Dec
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Remembering George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush led an extraordinary life defined by personal decency and public service. Perhaps the greatest member of America’s “Greatest Generation,” he began his service as a Navy combat pilot in the South Pacific during World War II. Later as our 41st president, he led our country to final victory in the Cold War, won the Gulf War and departed office leaving America as the world’s only unchallenged superpower. Over a long life, Bush served the nation in many wayssoldier, congressman, diplomat, CIA director, vice president, president and presidential envoy. No one in modern American history can match the range, depth, duration or quality of the public service that Bush rendered to our country.

Thu
13
Dec
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For the Children: Sooners, Cowboys Work to Support Foster Kids This Holiday Season

If you ever want to know what it feels like to hang out with an A-list celebrity, go to a Norman Walmart with former coach and OU legend Barry Switzer. This is what I learned last week when Coach Switzer generously volunteered his time and money to join the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) on a shopping spree to support OK Foster Wishes, our holiday gift drive for children in the care of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Thu
06
Dec
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Finishing Our Work

While much has been accomplished this year, there are still several items left to complete. As the current Congress concludes, lawmakers must come together to finish the remaining work.

One of the most fundamental duties of Congress is to fund the federal government, keeping it open and operational. And before the recent start of the fiscal year, I am proud that more than 75 percent of annual funding was responsibly fulfilled by regular order. However, even though much of the federal government was fully funded on time, a significant portion of the government is currently operating under a short-term continuing resolution that will soon expire. To avoid a partial government shutdown, it is critical that lawmakers find bicameral agreement in the negotiations on the remaining appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019.

Thu
06
Dec
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Oklahoma State Senate

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving break with friends and family.  

What an exciting time in our great state as we had historic numbers of registered voters participate in this general election. I consider exercising our right to vote to be  one of our greatest freedoms as Americans and how good it is to see so many Oklahomans taking time out of their busy lives to celebrate that freedom.    

Two weeks ago, twelve new Senators and 46 new Representatives were sworn into office alongside those re-elected to office.  This is the largest freshman class in the state legislature. These individuals will bring new perspective, knowledge and energy to the process.  Having a wide range of expertise in the legislature is important in order to represent the needs of all Oklahomans.

 

 

Thu
29
Nov
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Social Security Matters

Dear Rusty: Today I had my interview for Social Security and was told that because I receive a government retirement pension from the United Kingdom, my Social Security check will be reduced by up to 55%. My question is, how can this be so? My U. K. pension was not a voluntary contribution but a mandatory deduction withheld from my paycheck just like for my U.S. Social Security. Is there any way to get around this drawback? Any information you can give me will be greatly appreciated as I am not financially well off and was depending on both checks and not still having to work after retirement. Signed: Perturbed

Thu
29
Nov
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Main Street Drives a Thriving Economy

Over the weekend, communities across the country had the opportunity to participate in Small Business Saturday. While this annual shop local event encourages Americans to get out and show support for small businesses in their neighborhoods, it also serves as a reminder that a thriving economy is driven by our Main Street job creators.

Thu
15
Nov
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For the Children: Children of Military Families Need Additional Support

Veterans Day is a wonderful and necessary holiday and a great time to give thanks to those that serve our nation. However, as we move on from this day, it is important to keep the needs of our veterans and active military personnel – as well as their families and children – on our minds all year.

According to the US Census, there are 21,369,602 veterans in the United States, with 312,492 veterans currently living in Oklahoma. That does not include the 1.3 million military personnel and more than 800,000 reserve forces serving nationwide, or the roughly 20,000 service members now living in Oklahoma.

Thu
15
Nov
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Honoring Our Veterans

Throughout our history, hundreds of thousands of brave men and women have answered the call to serve in the United States military. For those who volunteer, this choice comes at a cost unlike any other. But it is because of their willing service and sacrifice on our behalf that we get to enjoy the benefits of living in a safe and secure nation. Without question, we owe a constant debt of gratitude to generations of veterans who have faithfully defended our precious freedom.

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