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House conservatives cast influential sway in whipping GOP against infrastructure bill

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Republicans in the largest conservative bloc in the House are leading mobilization efforts against the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which passed the Senate with GOP support in August. The Republican Study Committee, chaired by Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, has issued a series of warnings against the package since its introduction two months ago, referring to the legislation as the “G...

Oklahoma Bankers Association says new proposed federal tracking system is government overreach

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The Oklahoma Bankers Association (OBA) says a new proposal to track the way you spend money is an extreme federal overreach. It says if you have $600 in your bank account, your transactions will be tracked and sent to the IRS if a plan is approved. Bank customers have reached out to FOX23 showing letters sent to them by their bank warning them that this could be signed into law and asking them to ...

Democrats Block Bills Prohibiting Tax Increases Until Unemployment Rate, Inflation Return To Pre-Pandemic Levels

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Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee blocked GOP amendments Tuesday that would have prohibited further tax increases until the economy returns to its pre-pandemic condition. Republican Reps. Kevin Hern and Lloyd Smucker introduced the bills as amendments to Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package during the committee’s markup of parts of the sweeping legislation. The Hous...

In second term, Hern positioned to wield influence on key issues

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Midway through his second term, 1st District Congressman Kevin Hern has positioned himself about where he wants. He has a seat on the House Ways and Means Committee and what seems to be growing influence on GOP tax and health care policy. Besides the plum committee assignment, Hern is chairman of the Budget and Spending Task Force of the Republican Study Committee, the policy arm of the House Rep...

Tulsa Rig Iron Hosts U.S. Rep. Hern During ‘I Make America’ Event

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Tulsa Rig Iron (TRI), designer and manufacturer of mud pumps, mud recycling systems and more, recently welcomed U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.) to its manufacturing facility in Kiefer, Oklahoma, for an “I Make America” event. “I Make America” is a grassroots campaign of The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), which advocates for policies that support manufacturing jobs and help U.S. equip...

Rep. Hern pushing for more transparency on how bills will impact economy before vote

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An Oklahoma congressman is pushing to make sure that he and his colleagues have a more accurate understanding of how particular bills will impact the economy before they vote on them. Representative Kevin Hern, (R) OK-1, reintroduced his Pro Growth Budget Act earlier this month; Hern also introduced the legislation during the last Congress. He said he knows it’s not likely to go anywhere now, but ...

High lumber prices add urgency to a decades-old trade fight

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A trade dispute over Canadian lumber that began when Ronald Reagan was president has become a political problem for President Biden, with home builders and members of Congress urging the administration to try to strike a deal that could help bring down the cost of critical building materials. Lumber prices remain far above prepandemic levels, even after falling sharply in recent weeks, an increase...

OKFB Members discuss ag issues with Congressman Hern during online meeting

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Oklahoma Farm Bureau members shared their concerns on agriculture and rural issues with Congressman Kevin Hern during an online meeting held Friday, June 11. From hauling hay to owning McDonald’s franchises and from swine farmer to aerospace engineer, Rep. Hern has vast experiences and uses those to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District, encompassing the Tulsa metropolitan area. Taxes ...

House Republicans reveal answer to Biden's budget, say it could eliminate deficit in 5 years

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House Republicans on Wednesday are unveiling their answer to President Biden's 2022 budget, putting forward a document that they say can balance the federal budget in five years while cutting taxes by $1.9 trillion. The summary of the proposal by the Republican Study Committee (RSC), first obtained by Fox News, would slash a litany of discretionary programs, reform federal programs like Medicaid a...

Republican Study Committee Budget Would Reclaim America’s Fiscal Future

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Even before the outbreak of COVID-19 and the spending binge that followed, the federal budget was on an unsustainable trajectory. The Republican Study Committee, the caucus of conservative GOP members of the House of Representatives, has put forward a comprehensive policy proposal to address the fiscal challenges the country faces in its recently released “Reclaiming Our Fiscal Future Fiscal Year ...