Jim Bridenstine

Washington
8:42 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Oklahoma Congressional Delegation Reacts To President Obama's Budget Proposal

U.S. Sen. James Lankford  says the budget proposal President Obama unveiled Monday doesn't address the drivers of the country's debt or encourage private sector growth.

Lankford said in a statement Monday the executive budget doesn't respect discretionary sequestration caps, and called the 7 percent increase in federal spending "reckless."

"That would be the equivalent to someone who's having a tough time making their credit car payments, but when they get a job, or when they get a raise, they say, 'Great. I got a raise. I'm going to buy a brand-new TV for the Super Bowl tonight, and put even more on my credit card,' instead of paying down debt," Lankford told Fox News' Shannon Bream during a wide-ranging interview that also focused on the U.S. response to self-proclaimed Islamic State militants. "If the economy’s doing better, terrific. Let’s start paying down debt. Let’s get us back into balance, not just accelerate and keep spending more.”

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Politics and Government
4:41 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Rep. Bridenstine Named To House Armed Services Subcommittees

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)
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Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine has been named to serve on the House Armed Services Subcommittees on Strategic Forces and Seapower and Projection Forces.

The Oklahoma lawmaker's office in Washington made the announcement on Wednesday.

Strategic Forces oversees the country's nuclear arsenal, missile defense and space programs. Seapower and Projection Forces cover Navy and Marine Corps purchasing and research and development programs. 

The HASC authorizes funding for national security and sets Department of Defense policy. 

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Politics and Government
9:23 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Oklahoma Senators Lankford, Inhofe Sworn In, House Delegation Splits Speaker Vote

Vice President Joe Biden administers the oath of office to U.S. Sen. James Lankford during the ceremonial swearing in Tuesday.
U.S. Sen. James Lankford

Republican James Lankford has joined Oklahoma's senior senator as a member of the U.S. Senate.

Lankford, a former member of Congress from Oklahoma's 5th District, was sworn in Tuesday as the 18th senator from Oklahoma, taking the seat formerly held by Republican Tom Coburn, who retired.

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Politics and Government
5:45 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Oklahoma's Bridenstine Vows To Oppose Current U.S. House Speaker

Credit Congressman Jim Bridenstine / Facebook

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Tulsa is vowing not to vote to re-elect U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, criticizing his fellow Republican from Ohio over a budget deal forged with President Barack Obama.

In a statement on Friday, Bridenstine says the $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds the federal government for the next 10 months takes away the best tool Republicans have to "rein in our liberal activist President: the power of the purse."

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World
9:16 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Four Of Five Oklahoma Congressmen Vote To Arm Syrian Rebels

Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation.
Credit U.S. Rep. James Lankford / Facebook

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine was the only member of Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation to vote against President Obama's request to train and arm rebels fighting Islamic State militants in Syria.

Bridenstine says that if the Islamic State is deemed a threat, the United States should "eliminate it," not train and arm rebels.

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Immigration
7:39 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Coburn Blasts HHS For Keeping Bridenstine Out Of Fort Sill Facility

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) during Wednesday's Senate hearing on U.S. border security.
U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs

U.S. Sen Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) told a senior Obama administration official Wednesday the Department of Health and Human Services should've allowed U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla. 1) access to a facility at Fort Sill housing more than 1,000 unaccompanied minors who crossed the southern U.S. border.

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Immigration
8:25 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Oklahoma Congressman Decries Restrictions On Reporter Tour Of Fort Sill Facility

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

An Oklahoma congressman is criticizing a proposed media tour of a facility at Fort Sill where hundreds of mostly teenage immigrant children from Central America are housed.

Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine is calling on reporters to reject Thursday's proposed tour because the invitation says no questions will be allowed and recording devices are prohibited.

Bridenstine — a first-term congressman from Tulsa — said in a statement Monday that the stipulations violate the First Amendment.

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Immigration
11:16 am
Wed July 2, 2014

VIDEO: Bridenstine Denied Access To Fort Sill Detention Facility

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine attempts to gain access to the immigrant facility at Fort Sill.
Credit U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine / Facebook

A Republican congressman from Oklahoma says he was denied access to a federal facility at Fort Sill that is housing hundreds of mostly teenage immigrant children from Central America.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Tulsa says he was visiting the Army post on Tuesday when he approached the facility and was told by security that he was not allowed to enter.

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Supreme Court
1:33 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Oklahoma Congressmen Praise Hobby Lobby Ruling

The Oklahoma Congressional Delegation
Credit U.S. Rep. James Lankford / Facebook

Members of Oklahoma's Republican congressional delegation are praising the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in a case involving Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby.

U.S. Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe issued statements Monday in support of the court's decision and praising the company's owners, the Green family. U.S. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, Tom Cole, and James Lankford also hailed the ruling as one in favor of religious liberty.

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Primary Elections
12:21 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Oklahoma Incumbents Look To Avoid A 'Cantor Redux'

(L-R): U.S. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, Markwayne Mullin, James Lankford, Tom Cole, and Frank Lucas at the Oklahoma Press Association's congressional delegation panel June 14.
U.S. Rep. James Lankford Facebook

Three incumbent Oklahoma congressmen are working to avoid upsets in the June 24 primary as their challengers take hope following an upset in Virginia.

Republican Reps. Tom Cole, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin each face challengers in the primary that comes two weeks after former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in the Virginia primary to economics professor Dave Brat.

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