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Cong. Lucas Explains Why He Voted Against HR 1 And The Latest Covid-19 Relief Package

Thu, 04 Mar 2021 15:11:13 CST

Cong. Lucas Explains Why He Voted Against HR 1 And The Latest Covid-19 Relief Package U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) has been busy working on a number of critical issues and this week he talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about some of those issues, beginning first with HR 1.

Lucas said he opposed the legislation that was basically a dramatic re-write of the election laws.

Since the first Congress in 1789, the Constitution leaves 85 percent of the election laws to the states, Lucas said.

Lucas said this is the Democrat’s attempt to nationalize election laws.

If they used the Oklahoma system, I would have supported it, Lucas said.

In Oklahoma we can be confident of who won an election, he said.

Lucas said he voted against the latest COVID-19 package because it was basically a Pelosi wish list.

He credited Speaker Pelosi for holding her party together as she is as forceful and intense as it gets and rules with an iron fist.

The Oklahoma Congressman said he is relieved with the appointment of USDA Chief Tom Vilsack.

Of all the people that possibly could have been appointed, Tom is the best person, Lucas said.

Lucas said he expects Vilsack to support voluntary based incentive solutions, but he does work for the President.

I believe he supports my RAMP UP legislation and the cattle industry, Lucas said.

There is an amazing number of presidential appointments from the Obama administration, Lucas said.

There is language in the December legislation requiring funds to be spent on the cattle industry.

Lucas said they are still waiting on the DOJ investigation into price transparency.

Although he is not on the House Ag Committee, Lucas is following the new farm bill progress closely.

I would tell you we have a dramatic change in committee personal, philosophically, Lucas said.

However, Lucas is a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and is focused on helping the country recover from the pandemic.

You must have an effective science agenda to make sure we can respond, Lucas said.

We’ve got to help the research community overcome this last year, he said.

You can hear more of Ron’s interview with Cong. Lucas by clicking on the listen bar below.


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