July 11, 2007 Weekly Columns
Last week, millions of Americans across the nation gathered together to celebrate Independence Day. Though the traditions of this holiday never fail to trumpet the accomplished past and the promising future of the United States, what is the present-day state of American affairs? Considering the recent holiday, I think it is important to reflect upon the current status of America and the Congress.
Each year Congress considers 11 or more appropriations bills which provide funding for numerous activities like national defense, education, homeland security and crime. Earmarking refers to a provision in legislation, in this case appropriations bills, which direct funds to be spent on specific projects.
May 29, 2007 Weekly Columns
America is a land of opportunity. And we are also a country that has always been comprised of immigrants searching for the promise of the American Dream.
May 14, 2007 Weekly Columns
Last Sunday Americans across the country honored their mothers. When I think about my role in Congress, I think about how it all started with my Mom and the lessons she taught me as a boy that I have carried with me throughout my life.
April 16, 2007 Weekly Columns
Washington D.C. is a busy place. Between the hustle and bustle of morning traffic, committee meetings and evening votes on the House floor, there is not much time to stop and catch your breath. This is why I love coming home to Oklahoma.