Budget

Hern condemns Pelosi’s announcement of overreaching IRS reporting requirements

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Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) released the following statement after Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed she plans to add provisions to the socialist spending package requiring private financial institutions to report transaction-level data on the inflow and outflow of any bank accounts over $600. “We spent over 40 hours marking up the radical reconciliation bill in the Ways and Means Committee, bu...

Hern votes against swampy maneuver to raise debt ceiling

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Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) released the following statement after voting against Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s rule vote to ‘deem’ the debt limit increase passed without a vote on any real legislation. “Today, the House of Representatives voted to raise the debt ceiling rather than confront the true problem: unchecked spending,” said Rep. Hern. “Democrats are unwilling to slow down, so their optio...

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 ...

Hern hosts virtual town hall with nearly 7,000 attendees

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Yesterday, Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) hosted a virtual town hall with constituents from across the 1st District. The call included 6,855 participants both online and by phone. Rep. Hern discussed recent issues including the crisis on the southern border, the impending depletion of the Social Security and Medicaid funds, and the fight against the Democrats’ $3.5T Budget Resolution. Rep. Hern...

Hern votes against Continuing Resolution, urges return to budget process

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Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) released the following statement after voting against HR 5305, the Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government. “Once again, the Democrat majority has put the federal government on autopilot,” said Rep. Hern. “What are we doing here? Our constituents did not send us here to do the same thing over and over and over again. We must interrupt this never-endin...

Hern plans legislative action against Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate

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Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) held a press conference this afternoon after meeting with local business leaders to discuss President Biden’s recent vaccine mandate on all employers with 100+ employees. While the President has the power to issue Executive Orders, it is up to Congress to fund them. Rep. Hern plans to take legislative action to withhold funding from the Department of Labor for the...

Hern votes against tax increases, rampant spending in reconciliation markup

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Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) released the following statement after voting against the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package in a Ways and Means Committee markup today. The committee spent four days over the last week debating amendments on pieces of the legislation under Ways and Means jurisdiction. “Speaker Pelosi’s priorities are not in line with the American peoples’ priorities,” said Rep....

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...

Hern leads Ways & Means Republicans on letter in support of Medicare Advantage

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Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) led Republican members of the House Committee on Ways and Means on a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging protection of the Medicare program as it inches closer to insolvency. The letter calls on Democrat leadership to reconsider proposals that threaten the Medicare Advantage program for seniors. The letter was entered into the record during last week’s Ways and ...