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ICYMI: Hern urges Democrats to publicly vote for legislation they've privately supported

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Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) spoke on the House floor this morning urging Republicans and Democrats alike to vote against the Previous Question, allowing for consideration of HR 8265, a bill that would extend the Paycheck Protection Program through the end of the year and provide further relief to American small businesses and workers. You can watch the video here. Remarks as prepared: Mr. Sp... Read More »

Hern votes against short-term spending bill

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Tonight, Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) voted against HR 8337, the Continuing Appropriations Act. “I have long held the belief that our government shouldn’t operate on short-term spending bills,” said Rep. Hern. “These stop-gap funding measures prolong the true work of governing and allocate funds with zero framework or budget behind it. For too long, we have depended on these short-term bills ... Read More »

Hern says COVID-19 changing both businesses and their customers

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Businesses have had to adapt to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, but so have their customers, 1st District Congressman Kevin Hern said Monday. As the lead presenter for a live-streamed The Hill program on e-commerce and small business, Hern said small-business owners have had to squeeze years of transition into a few months. “I really feel for those small businesses that are having to accelerate a... Read More »

Hern named “Energy Champion” by top energy group

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Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) was named an “Energy Champion” by the American Energy Alliance, earned with a perfect score on key energy votes this Congress. “Energy is the backbone of my district and my state’s economy,” said Rep. Hern. “Energy jobs pay well and keep Oklahomans on the leading edge of innovation and technology. As a Member of Congress, I am committed to working for the best int... Read More »

Hern joins Republican Conference to introduce "Commitment to America" platform

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This morning, Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) joined Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), and the rest of the House Republican Conference to formally announce the Commitment to America agenda, which will focus on restoring the American way of life, rebuilding the greatest economy in American history, and renewing the American Dream. “The atmosphere was... Read More »

Hern signs Police Pledge

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Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) released the following statement after signing Heritage Action’s “Police Pledge”. The Pledge offers Rep. Hern’s full support for law enforcement officers in our country and commits his opposition to any legislative efforts to defund the police. “I have the utmost respect and admiration for our police force,” said Rep. Hern. “It was not a hard decision to sign this... Read More »

Hern leads 49 colleagues on letter in support of telehealth expansion

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Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) led 49 of his colleagues on a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma encouraging permanent expansion of telehealth services. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, Administrator Verma temporarily expanded requirements for telehealth services to Medicare and Medicaid recipients, allowing both rural communities... Read More »

What we learned from COVID: Telehealth is here to stay

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When the dust settles and COVID-19 is finally behind us, there are many aspects of this “new normal” that I will not miss, but there’s a lot that I hope sticks around, like valuable time at home with my family and creative ways to stay connected virtually. As a society, though, our most important lasting benefit will be the telehealth services that have rapidly expanded over the last five months. ... Read More »

ICYMI: Highlights from Hern's District Work Period

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Congressman Kevin Hern (OK-1) spent this week’s district work period meeting with veteran organizations, presenting the veteran of the month, visiting the Tulsa VA outpatient clinic under construction, met with industry leaders in aerospace, engaged in a virtual town hall with the Oklahoma Association of Realtors, and spoke to various local organizations about issues he’s working on in Washington ... Read More »

Bartlesville teacher receives Presidential award for excellence

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Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) released the following statement after being notified that Bartlesville high school teacher, Mrs. Cheryl Fentress, received the Presidential award for excellence in mathematics and science teaching (PAEMST). Mrs. Fentress has been a dedicated teacher for over 35 years, and is currently a ninth-grade honors Biology teacher at Bartlesville High School. She was the 2... Read More »

Hern introduces Equal Opportunity First Amendment Act

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Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) introduced the Equal Opportunity First Amendment Act to the House last week. The bill addresses disparity between decisions made to ban certain First Amendment-protected activities under State of Emergency but not others. “Most states have seen wildly varying interpretations of social distancing guidelines over the last several months,” said Rep. Hern. “In many in... Read More »

Hern votes for WRDA, includes funds for Tulsa projects

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Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) released the following statement in support of HR 7575, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which passed the House by unanimous consent this afternoon. “There’s a lot to be happy about in the WRDA that passed today,” said Rep. Hern. “Included in the bill were funds for the Army Corps of Engineers to make upgrades on the Tulsa-West Tulsa Levee System. Last ... Read More »

U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern on stimulus: 'We just need to keep getting jobs open'

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First District Congressman Kevin Hern said Wednesday it’s imperative that the government perfect a playbook to effectively deal with the financial response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are re-inventing the wheel right now,” he said. “There is no precedent been set on how to deal with this. So this comes from how you keep businesses open, how you keep compensated so they can actually go out and f... Read More »

Democrats hurt small business when they attack Big Tech

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Small businesses are under siege. First COVID-19 shut them down; then protesters and rioters shattered windows and mayors imposed curfews. Now, everyone is hoping we don’t have a second wave of COVID-19 while working to rebuild the economy. Businesses adapted almost overnight, adjusting to operate in the new normal. Digital technologies and platforms played a key role for many small businesses. Te... Read More »

Hern votes against rushed NDAA package

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Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) released the following statement after voting against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). “Recent actions in the South China Sea, the Middle East, and North Korea prove the need for an unparalleled American military,” said Rep. Hern. “We are the target of numerous dangerous rising world powers. If countries like China and Russia continue expanding their... Read More »