Disabled Veterans Are Not a Bargaining Chip

The much-hyped bipartisan Ryan-Murray budget “deal” struck late last year increases the national debt $6.4 trillion over the next ten years. It does nothing to change the trajectory of our growing debt at a time when it is among the greatest national security threats facing our nation. The “deal” also increases near term federal spending with a promise of future cuts (dubious) while raising taxes on airline passengers. Worse, it features a cut in pension benefits to current military members and veterans who earned those pensions in measures of blood and sweat. I voted against it. 
Now that it has passed, Congress will vote to appropriate (spend) money under the Ryan-Murray budget “deal.” This $1 trillion omnibus spending package is 1,582 pages of legislative text that was released on Monday night for a vote on Wednesday.
Source post: http://bridenstine.house.gov/media-center/blog-posts/disabled-veterans-are-not-a-bargaining-chip

“An elderly deaf Oklahoma man was beat by two highway patrol troopers earlier this month for allegedly refusing to comply during a traffic stop. According to reports, 64-year-old Pearl Pearson left the scene of a minor automobile accident before being pulled over by Oklahoma Highway Patrol on January 3. After issuing several vocal commands from their police vehicle, troopers claim Pearson refused to show his hands. Despite a large placard on his driver’s door stating, ‘Driver is deaf,’ Pearson claims troopers immediately began hitting his face as he attempted to show his ID, which also states that he is hearing-impaired. According to Pearson, he was denied an interpreter.” Continue reading

“On Monday, Oklahoma Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow) filed a bill that would prohibit state cooperation with the NSA and limit some of the practical effects of its vast data collection program. The Fourth Amendment Protection Act addresses the relationship between the state and the NSA in four ways. First, it prohibits state and local agencies from providing any material support to the NSA within their jurisdiction. This includes barring government-owned utilities from providing water and electricity. Second, it blocks state universities from serving as NSA research facilities or recruiting grounds. Four Oklahoma state schools currently have partnerships with the NSA.” Continue reading

Congressman Jim Bridenstine on Court Striking Oklahoma Marriage Law

Statement from Congressman Bridenstine:
Today a federal judge, Terence Kern, in Tulsa, wrongly declared that Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment protecting the institution of marriage violates the federal Constitution.  The amendment to the State constitution was approved by 75% of voters in 2004. 
Under the limited federal powers enumerated in Article I Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution and the 10th Amendment, which recognizes that powers not delegated to the federal government are retained by the states and the people, a federal judge has no place to dictate the terms of marriage in Oklahoma.  The State Constitution overrides a federal judge’s personal opinion.
In his decision Kern called the ban an “exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit.”  Marriage is not a “governmental benefit.”  Marriage is the foundational institution in our culture which recognizes the very unique and complimentary contributions men and women make in the raising of children. 
source: http://bridenstine.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-jim-bridenstine-on-court-striking-oklahoma-marriage-law

While the Oklahoma legislature can’t pull the plug on the National Security Agency (NSA), Senator Nathan Dahm believes the state does have the ability to make it more difficult for them to use unconstitutionally gathered information against citizens. The legislation would prohibit any government entity at the local, county, or state level from providing assistance to the NSA.  It would also forbid employees of local, county and state government agencies and jurisdictions, as well as corporations doing business with them, from helping entities such as the …

“The Oklahoma Board of Corrections is looking at three options to deal with overcrowding at the state’s prison facilities: expanding public prisons, contracting for more private-prison beds, and buying or leasing one of the state’s two empty private prisons. At its Thursday meeting, the board approved a measure allowing the Department of Corrections to draw up a request for proposals from private prison companies to provide an additional 350 to 2,000 medium-security prison beds for state inmates. The board also voted to request more funding this fiscal year to pay for using private-prison beds and seek more funds for fiscal 2015 to give a pay raise to corrections officers and support staff.” Continue reading

Those who have lived on the west side of Guthrie are skilled at recognizing the signs of subsiding flood waters from the periodic flooding of the Cottonwood Creek. We know the flood waters have reached their peak when a thin line of debris builds up at…