The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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August 23, 2013

Congressional visits slated next two weeks

Two Oklahoma congressmen are making separate trips to Enid soon.

U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, will be holding three town hall meetings in the area Sept. 4.

He will be at Briggs Auditorium on the Northern Oklahoma College Enid campus 11 a.m. to noon. Lucas is then scheduled for a 2 p.m. town hall at the Alfalfa County Farm Bureau office in Cherokee, and he will be at Medford’s city hall at 4 p.m.

According to an announcement from his office, Lucas will discuss current events in Washington, D.C., and take questions about issues that are important to his constituency. He also will ask for input on legislation before Congress, the announcement stated. Lucas represents western Oklahoma and some northern parts of the state.

Members of Congress are on a five-week summer recess before heading back to work.

In the last day of session before the break, the Republican-led House voted on legislation hoping to put a tighter rein on President Barack Obama and his policies. One bill would require Congress’ approval for agency rules and regulations with an economic impact of at least $100,000.

They also adopted legislation that could prevent the Treasury Department, and thus the Internal Revenue Service, from implementing or enforcing any part of the Affordable Care Act. Both still would need Senate approval and a signature from the president to pass.

When lawmakers returns to Washington, though, they will only have a few weeks to adopt a new farm bill before current legislation expires on Sept. 30.

In June, Lucas told the Enid News & Eagle that without the farm bill’s price controls, the cost of milk could rise starting around Dec. 31 and grain prices also would go up during the spring harvest.

Another member of Congress is planning on a visit next week. Oklahoma City Rep. James Lankford will be in Enid on Monday, speaking at a noon Rotary Club lunch event.

At 7 p.m. Monday, he will hold a question-and-answer presentation at a forum on competitive federalism. The event is at Montgomery Hall on the NOC campus and is hosted by Liberty Foundation of America.

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