Today, President Donald Trump endorsed Congressman Frank Lucas’ reelection bid to Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District:
“From the Panhandle of Western Oklahoma to the woods of Northeast Oklahoma, Oklahoma is Trump Country. I’m excited President Trump and the Trump Campaign will be making a stop in Tulsa- it’s sure to be a campaign rally Oklahomans won’t want to miss,” said Lucas.
President Trump’s re-election campaign announced that Trump 2020 Senior Advisor Lara Trump, Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale, and National Chair of Trump Victory Finance Committee and Trump 2020 Senior Advisor Kimberly Guilfoyle will lead a group of over 50 surrogates, including Congressman Frank Lucas, to campaign on behalf of President Trump in Oklahoma on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at the Make America Great Again Rally.
U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) joined 50 Republican colleagues in requesting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) immediately allow cattle producers that sold cattle after April 15 to be deemed eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments for those sales.
“Congress has entrusted you with significant resources to support agricultural producers affected by COVID-19,” Rep. Lucas and the members wrote in a May 29 letter sent to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. “We are disappointed that the current rollout appears to significantly miss the mark for many impacted cattle producers, and we implore you to provide flexibility to address this shortcoming immediately.”
Rep. Lucas and the lawmakers, who represent the nation’s cattle-producing districts, also requested that USDA provide a detailed explanation and the methodology used in the selection of the date to differentiate between CFAP payments for sales and CFAP payments for inventory, according to their letter.
“The details included in the May 19 announcement of CFAP create significant disparities for many cattle producers, particularly those who sold their animals after April 15,” they wrote. “For producers who have marketed cattle since April 15, USDA’s choice of that particular date is potentially devastating to their operations.”
For instance, the spring sale of calves for some cow/calf and stocker producers is the only income from their cattle herd for the year, and any who sold after April 15 are immediately harmed by USDA’s program design, wrote the lawmakers.
Many small farmer-feeders are similarly harmed by USDA’s choice of an April 15 date for CFAP, according to their letter, which noted that the COVID-19 related closures at packing plants already has dramatically reduced U.S. cattle slaughter capacity and forced many small farmer-feeder operations to hold market-ready cattle for an extended time or sell those cattle at lower prices after the April 15 CFAP date as soon as slaughter capacity is available for those animals.
“Producers who sold at prices lowered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic should be eligible for USDA’s response in CFAP, regardless of if those sales were before or after an arbitrary April 15 date,” wrote Rep. Lucas and his colleagues.
Congressman Frank Lucas, R-OK, wants answers for his cattlemen constituents. And he’s not alone.
On May 1, Lucas delivered a bipartisan letter, signed by 24 of his House colleagues, to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. The letter “politely and firmly” requests the findings of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Packers and Stockyards investigation into the divergence between live cattle and boxed beef prices that it began in August 2019.
The investigation originally was limited to the price divergence following the fire in the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Holcomb, Kansas, in 2019. Just the past month the scope was broadened to include the recent price divergence that’s occurring in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lucas has particular knowledge of the cattle industry. He and his wife, Lynda, are cow-calf operators in Oklahoma, and his constituents are largely cattlemen as well. The price situation as it stands is very critical for cattlemen, he emphasized. From January to April, cattlemen have seen cattle futures falling 29%, all while the price of beef that consumers paid rose.
“It is a life or death economic situation right now for cow-calf producers,” Lucas said. Maintaining the very beginning of the beef chain is key to keeping cattle going into feedlots and then into processing and ultimately on the consumer’s plate. If producers are unable to stay in business, it puts the whole chain in peril.
“The letter I’ve authored and sent to Sec. Perdue, and we’re soliciting signatures from both House Republican and House Democratic colleagues, first thanks USDA for its work up to this point,” Lucas said. “The MFP (Market Facilitation Program) and disaster money that it’s hopefully allocating in May we hope a big chunk will go to the cattle producer.” But, he said, for the second time in just a few years, cattlemen are finding themselves in the same position with this disconnect between cattle prices paid at the plant door for cattle on the hoof, and what that same packer gets for boxed beef sold to retailers.
The situation is complex, to be sure, but there’s added concern over the role of the futures market in the situation. Speculators and investors play a key role in the cattle futures markets. If they pull their money out of the futures, that can have as dramatic of an effect on the price of cattle as when investors pulled their money out of the stock market in the last month.
“As one cattlemen told me, ‘if we don’t have someone willing to buy our hedges, we don’t have the ability to hedge,’” Lucas said. While USDA is working with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission to address the situation, there needs to be more insight into the relationship between cattle spot and futures markets. Volatility during a pandemic “has made market participation difficult to manage and capital intensive.”
Without the findings of the investigation, Lucas’s hands and those of his colleagues are tied in being able to make any laws that would fix the situation. The letter is urging the USDA to release its findings as soon as possible, in order for the situation to be addressed by Capitol Hill, and ultimately bring trust back into the markets.
Today I filed for re-election to continue to serve as your Representative of Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District. Serving as the voice for rural Oklahoma has been the honor of a lifetime. As the former Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee and the top Republican on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I’ll ensure the conservative values of Oklahoma are not lost upon those in Washington, D.C. Oklahoma’s prosperity has made tremendous bounds since many of our families first settled, but we still have work to do to ensure a better future for our children and their children’s children.
Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas is among those who contends the Green New Deal pushed by Democrats is really a “bad deal” for American consumers.
He says Congress should hold immediate hearings into the plan to determine what is actually in the plan and how it will affect the country.
“The vague document we’re trying to assess—we won’t know until it goes through regular Congressional order,” he said at a recent call by Republicans for hearings into the measure.
But the 3rd district Representative says he already believes it won’t help Americans.
“Our responsibility as members of congress is to do things for people, not to force higher energy prices, higher taxes on Americans through pie-in-the-sky unrealistic proposals,” said Lucas. “that’s not a Green New Deal. It’s just a bad deal.”
Lucas went on to argue the ones paying the price will be the American consumers.
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked on Thursday with Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas- and was on the line with the Republican from Roger Mills County when the votes were being tallied on the floor of the Senate to determine final ratification for the USMCA. The Congressman praised the Senate for getting USMCA across the finish line easily- and also discussed the signing of the US-China Phase One Trade Deal that happened on Wednesday.
Lucas called it a remarkable pair of trade wins- saying “I know production agriculture is better off” with the Phase One China Deal as well as the USMCA treaty approved by Lawmakers after being signed by President over a year ago.
Lucas also reaffirmed that he will push hard to be reeassigned to the House Ag Committee if he wins reelection this coming November- calling that his “home” in Washington. There will be a new Republican leader on the Committee with the current ranking member, Mike Conaway, indicating that he will not run for reelection here in 2020. The Oklahoma lawmaker said there are four GOP members now on the Committee that have interest in the job.
House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) along with Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Rep. Jim Baird (R-IN), and Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT), introduced legislation today to enhance STEM education at rural schools.
Nearly half of all public schools are considered rural and more than nine million students in the United States—roughly 20 percent of all schoolchildren—attend rural schools. Rural schools face unique barriers to providing STEM education, including a shortage of science and math teachers, high teacher turnover, and difficulty accessing online and computer-based technology. H.R. 4979, the Rural STEM Education Act, gives teachers, students, and rural communities the tools they need to overcome these challenges.
“America needs a larger skilled STEM workforce to stay competitive, which is why STEM jobs are growing faster than any other sector and pay higher wages,” Ranking Member Lucas said. “I want rural students to have every opportunity to be competitive in this job market and contribute STEM skills both to their communities and to the national workforce. Giving rural students access to high-quality STEM education is one of my highest priorities. The Rural STEM Education Act gives teachers better tools to teach science and math, leverages local resources to engage students in key subjects, and addresses the lack of broadband access in rural communities. I’m grateful to my colleagues for helping me move this forward in a bipartisan way.”
“I am pleased to join Ranking Member Lucas, Representative McAdams, and Representative Baird in introducing this important bill,” said Chairwoman Johnson. “We need to leverage all of our STEM talent, if we are to address society’s most pressing challenges. Students in rural communities have enormous potential to contribute to the nation’s STEM workforce, if given the opportunity. Unfortunately, rural communities have long struggled to provide high-quality STEM education because of a shortage of qualified STEM teachers, limited access to technology and infrastructure, and a lack of local industry partners. The Rural STEM Education Act will advance research and development to help close these gaps and ensure rural students have equitable access to high-paying STEM careers.”
“Rural areas represent one of the significant opportunities for STEM education to impact workforce development,” said Representative Baird. By improving access to STEM opportunities in rural schools, H.R. 4979, the Rural STEM Education Ac” will ensure that communities in less populated areas are not overlooked, and that the intellectual power of our next generation continues to grow.”
“Students in rural areas must receive the math and science education they need to succeed in a global economy. This bill supports teachers serving rural communities and provides for research into the special challenges facing them to provide STEM education, including having high-speed internet and other technology,” said Representative McAdams.
U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) on Oct. 21 unveiled legislation to help America’s livestock producers improve their risk management skills so they can better anticipate cattle prices.
“Livestock producers across the country have faced years of uncertainty and, like others, need every tool within their belt to manage risk and sharpen their ability to weather the market’s uncertainty,” Rep. Lucas said on Monday.
The congressman cosponsored the Livestock Risk Management and Education Act, H.R. 4773, with bill sponsor U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) that would authorize grants to certain state land-grant universities for bolstering risk management training for livestock producers on futures markets so they might better manage market volatility, according to a bill summary provided by Rep. Lucas’ office.
If enacted, H.R. 4773 would authorize the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to oversee grants and training resources on futures contracts and risk-management strategies, according to the summary.
“Producers already face an uphill battle of unpredictable weather, understanding cattle prices doesn’t need to be an added challenge,” said Rep. Johnson. “The Livestock Risk Management and Education Act will supply producers with the tools needed to anticipate highs and lows in the futures markets.”
“While we’ve seen tremendous signs of a strong economy — witnessing record declines in unemployment and rising wages across America — sadly, our nation’s farm industry continues to face challenging times, leaving our producers vulnerable to disruptions provoked by market instability and other factors,” added Rep. Frank Lucas. “Our producers rise to the challenge day in and day out and the Livestock Risk Management and Education Act would help provide stability for those that feed billions across the globe.”
H.R. 4773 has been referred for consideration to the U.S. House Agriculture Committee.
Frank Lucas a proven leader
Republicans should vote to keep strong voice for 3rd Congressional District
Oklahoma’s sprawling 3rd Congressional District reaches from the Tulsa area all the way to the far reaches of the Panhandle, and from the Kansas line to the Texas line.
It covers some diverse areas, from populations centers such as Enid, Ponca City, Stillwater and parts of the Oklahoma City metro area, to the wide open spaces of Northwest Oklahoma.
Since 1994, the seat in the U.S. House has been occupied by Cheyenne farmer and rancher Frank Lucas.
In Tuesday’s primary election, Lucas faces a Republican challenger, Hennessey resident Desiree Brown, for his party’s nomination.
The winner will face Democrat Frankie Robbins, of Medford, in the November general election.
Brown has no political experience, but she is running because she says Lucas is not representing the values of Oklahoma.
Brown says she is a “staunch constitutionalist,” is pro-Second Amendment and is for states’ rights.
She hopes to have a more limited government, with taxes and federal spending cut. We commend her for putting herself out there as a candidate.
For his part, Lucas has promised to do more of what he’s done for the past 22 years, which is represent the people of his district as best he can.
As we said, the 3rd Congressional District is a diverse one. It’s a tough one to manage, but in our opinion Frank Lucas has done a good job at it.
Agriculture and energy are big parts of the district, and Lucas, who is senior member of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, has proven to be a leader in both areas.
He’s also stood strong on defense and helped improve the position of Vance Air Force Base.
Given the uncertainty facing our country, we need proven leadership in Congress. Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will become the president, so that need for legislative leadership is even more pronounced.
To Republican voters throughout the 3rd Congressional District, we say when you go to the polls Tuesday, or if you decide to go to the election board 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and cast your vote early, vote for proven leadership.
Vote for Frank Lucas.
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