Saturday, November 11, 2018, the Oklahoma Republican State Committee meeting was held in Oklahoma City. The State GOP Committee is the governing body of the Republican Party in Oklahoma. In a bold move, participants in the Oklahoma Republican State Committee meeting overwhelmingly passed a Resolution in the support of the 22 courageous state representatives that…
Congressman Jim Bridenstine: “It is an honor to be nominated to serve our nation as NASA Administrator. I am humbled by this opportunity, and I thank President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for their confidence. Should I be confirmed by the United States Senate, I will work with all diligence to achieve the President’s vision for America’s leadership in space.”
Jim Bridenstine served as a U.S. Navy pilot on active duty for nine years, followed by four years in the Navy Reserve where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In 2015 he transitioned to the Oklahoma Air National Guard. He was elected to Congress in 2012 and serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. In 2016 he introduced the American Space Renaissance Act. Bridenstine lives in Tulsa, OK with his wife Michelle and their three children. For a full bio, please click here.
The House passed a FY2018 appropriations bill today that includes funding for the Department of Defense (DOD). The defense appropriations bill was bundled with three others into the “Make America Secure” appropriations bill, H.R. 3219. The …
Today, Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted for the H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which funds national defense, important US Army Corps of Engineers projects, and physical border security provisions, while cutting wasteful programs that ballooned during the previous administration. The legislation passed 235 to 192.
“The first responsibility of the Federal Government is national security. Today, the House of Representatives fulfilled that duty,” said Congressman Bridenstine.
The Make America Secure Appropriations Act provides $659 billion for the Department of Defense, nearly $60 billion above the current year. This increase is necessary to restore our Armed Forces after the harm caused by the defense sequester. In addition, H.R. 3219 provides $14 billion for the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons security programs, an increase in funding that will modernize the United States’ ability to deter and respond to any nuclear threat.
Last week, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) completed markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. As a member of the Committee, Congressman Jim Bridenstine contributed several provisions that were included in the bill. The next step is consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives the second week in July.
Congressman Bridenstine highlighted three important provisions:
1) Equal Treatment of Orders to Serve on Active Duty under Section 12304a and 12304b of Title 10, USC
The Congressman is a cosponsor of the Reserve Component Benefits Parity Act, which eliminates disparities in health care, retirement, deployment allowance, and education benefits for mobilized Reserve Component personnel. The bill was partially incorporated in the NDAA, authorizing such personnel to receive pre-mobilization and transitional health care.
2) Establishment of Space Flag Training Event
The Secretary of Defense is directed to encourage department-wide participation in the Air Force’s advanced space training exercise, Space Flag. Additionally, the Secretary is to provide training range infrastructure that facilitates growth in advanced training requirements and the development and testing of doctrine, concepts of operation, and tactics. Such exercises will enhance our ability to successfully engage in a future conflict that extends to space.
3) Responsive Launch
US STRATCOM has repeatedly identified the need to rapidly reconstitute and replenish critical space capabilities in the event of attack. This provision encourages the Secretary of Defense to increase the priority and resources for this mission area in order to field responsive and resilient launch capabilities.
[Editor’s note: Sure would like to see the cost projection on all this staging for war in space program. Boggles the mind and no end in sight…/sc]
WASHINGTON — The House Science Committee is expected to approve a bill that seeks to improve regulation of commercial space activities, but not without criticism from some within the industry.
The American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act, H.R. 2809, was formally introduced June 7 by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Science Committee. The bill has eight other co-sponsors, including space subcommittee chairman Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) and Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), a member active on space issues who remains a leading candidate to be named NASA administrator. The bill has bipartisan support and is expected to clear the committee during a June 8 markup and go to the full House.
The Air Force plans to award a contract today to upgrade the radar on select F-16 aircraft, including eight planes at the Air National Guard Wing in Tulsa, OK. The new AESA (Active Electronically Steered Array) Radar will enable smaller target detection and tracking, greater targeting range, faster search capabilities, and an ability to engage multiple targets.
Congressman Bridenstine said, “This considerably enhances the capability of Tulsa’s F-16s, allowing for targeting at extended ranges to improve lethality against our enemies and survivability for ourselves. I have proposed increased spending for these systems in the current National Defense Authorization Act.”
The Air Force contract is with Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation for 72 AESA radars, spares and support services. Squadrons based in nine locations, including Tulsa, will each receive eight new units. Delivery of the first radar is expected to be in December 2018, with all 72 systems at full operational capacity by the fourth quarter of 2020.
Did you know that you can purchase just about all of your groceries from farmers right here in Oklahoma? Not only do you support the local economy but you are also supporting families just like yours. You also support healthier, ethically produced food instead of feeding the factory farms (which are horrendous). We have a special treat for you in June as our guests will be: Kris Gosney of Cattle Tracks Beef (Fairview, OK), Daniel and Maria of Grassroots Ranch (Tulsa) and Marie with Our Farm (Tulsa).
Together these farmers provide high quality beef, pork, chicken, eggs, dairy, and produce.
I know there will be many questions for them and we will learn so much about what ethical, healthy farming is.
**We will also be taking donations again for the Beck girls (Cash, Food, etc). There were no winners for the “Know Your Rights” CD that Jay Ramey so generously donated or for the Liberty on Tap Tshirt last month. Everyone who donates will be entered into a drawing for one of those fabulous prizes.**
Thursday, June 1st @ 6pm
Chimi’s on Cherry Street
15th & Peoria
Private Dining Room