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Wed
16
May
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Rep. John Bennett Thanks Governor for Signing Ten Commandments Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. John Bennett today thanked Gov. Mary Fallin for signing a bill that will allow the display of the Ten Commandments alongside other historically significant founding documents on public property.

“House Bill 2177 doesn’t mandate the display of the commandments it only allows them to be shown alongside documents such as the U.S. or Oklahoma Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta or others in state buildings, public schools or on other public property,” said Bennett, R-Sallisaw.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Oklahoma State Senate

State Senator Chris Kidd Senate District 31

(Comanche, Cotton, Jefferson, Stephens and Tillman counties)

May 7, 2018 As many of you know, state budgets for the last few years have been deficient resulting in drastic cuts, revenue failures, and budget shortfalls.

The last year and a half, we have worked tirelessly to correct Oklahoma’s budget. This is not an easy fix but a multi-faceted approach. This past year, we have made tremendous headway in putting Oklahoma on a firm foundation.

One area we focused on in correcting the budget was our state agencies. By passing several budget limit bills, we now have more legislative oversight of agency spending to ensure taxpayer dollars are being used responsibly and efficiently.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Irrigation System, Design Necessary for Specialty Crops

ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Research Institute researchers and Irrigation Mart representatives will host an Irrigation Systems and Design in Specialty Crops Workshop, from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 22, at the Noble Research Institute Protected Ag Area, located on the main campus in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

This program is tailored to fruit, vegetable and pecan growers who are looking to improve their production systems through irrigation.

 

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Wed
25
Apr
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Addressing Syria

By: Congressman Tom Cole

For the past seventeen years, the United States has been engaged in several military conflicts, primarily, but not exclusively, in the Middle East. Most recently, the United States worked in concert with British and French military forces, allies and NATO, to strike targets in Syria. This response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons was an appropriate use of force well within the bounds of the authorities granted to the President of the United States in Article II of the Constitution.

Wed
18
Apr
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Funding Education While Protecting Taxpayers

By Rep. Scooter Park

In March, I voted with my colleagues in the House to approve a $2.9 billion budget for K-12 education for Fiscal Year 2019, which starts in July. This budget contains more than $353 million to give teachers an average raise of $6,100 beginning in the 2018- 19 school year and going into the future. It also contains money to give school support staffers a $1,250 raise; and $33 million for textbooks.

The last few years we’ve put textbook funding through the school formula. This year, we itemized $33 million for textbooks and left $33 million in the formula. We’re also putting an additional $17 million in the formula and $20 million more for education from the passage of House Bill 1019XX.

Wed
18
Apr
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Cole Statement on Syria Action

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement in response to the strike by the United States, Great Britian and France against military targets in Syria.

“President Trump and our allies were correct to strike Syrian targets in response to the illegal and immoral use of chemical weapons against its own citizens by the regime of Bashar al-Assad,” said Cole. “The President was also right to warn Russia and Iran to cease supporting the actions of the brutal Assad regime.”

 

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Wed
04
Apr
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Funding Initiatives That Help Us All

By: Congressman Tom Cole

 

Now that the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill has been signed into law, many Americans will benefit from the wide range of funding that supports the nation’s health, economy and military. The Department of Defense and the military will receive the largest increase in discretionary spending this year, but there are also important spending increases that are directed toward programs that are critical to protecting and serving the nation’s wellbeing, workforce and schools. The Labor, Health and Human Services,

Wed
28
Mar
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Latest Teacher Pay Raise Plans

By SCOOTER PARK 

Several state groups that represent large numbers of teachers have come forward with teacher pay raise plans and ideas for how to fund them. In the meantime, the House is considering other measures of funding raises for teachers, state employees, education and other state services.

The Oklahoma Education Association on Friday held a press conference in Oklahoma City outlining a $906 million tax increase plan that would pay for educator and state employee pay raises as well as increase funding for schools.

 

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Wed
21
Mar
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The Costs of Tariffs

By: Congressman Tom Cole

 

This past year, the United States has been experiencing a welcome surge in economic growth. The economic successes America is enjoying is surely due to the hard work and ingenuity of the American people, the implementation of the Republican tax reform and President Trump’s initiative to bring

American companies back home. In general, free trade contributes to our national prosperity as well. However, having open markets is not an invitation for others to take advantage of us. When bad actors exist, we have every right to use our power to protect our interests.

 

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Wed
07
Mar
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Putting More Pressure on North Korea

By: Congressman Tom Cole

 

After the recent closing of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, its neighbor, North Korea, continues to pose one of the most persistent U.S. foreign policy challenges which has spanned the past four U.S. administrations. It is the only country to have tested nuclear weapons this century and remains the greatest and most immediate threat in the Indo-Asia-P

acific area. The hope that North Korea will resume and continue talks with South Korea after the Olympics remains a question. Whatever the outcome, confronting the North Korean threat is critical, and the U.S. must be guided by a strong sense of resolve.

 

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