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  • Congress passes comprehensive weather forecasting and research bill
    Posted in In The News on April 5, 2017 | Preview rr

    A sweeping piece of legislation that aims to improve forecasts for everything from Category 5 hurricanes to El Nino has passed both houses of Congress. Years in the making, it will become the first major weather legislation enacted since the early 1990s if signed by President Trump. The 97-page bill, the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017, H.R. 353, gained bipartisan support in Congress. It passed the Senate on Thursday and the House on Tuesday afternoon. “The Weather Resear... Read more

  • Senate passes comprehensive bipartisan bill to improve weather forecasting
    Posted in In The News on March 30, 2017 | Preview rr

    After stumbling blocks and delays, sweeping bipartisan legislation to improve weather forecasting has passed the Senate. The 65-page bill, the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017, H.R. 353, contains four sections that support research and programs to improve weather forecasting and its communication on short and long time scales. Containing scores of provisions, the bill would require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to, for example: Establish a program to ... Read more

  • Service academies offer great education
    Posted in In The News on March 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    How does a full scholarship (valued more than $250,000) with a monthly stipend at one of the highest rated colleges in America sound? The package includes a guaranteed job upon graduation and commissioning to boot. After a successful Service Academy Day last year, Rep. Jim Bridenstine will hold another open house 9 a.m. to noon April 22 at the CityPlex Towers, First Floor Auditorium, 2488 E. 81st St. Representatives from the Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Naval ... Read more

  • Congressman Bridenstine Supports VA Bill
    Posted in In The News on March 17, 2017 | Preview rr

    Iraq and Afghanistan combat veteran and first district congressman, Jim Bridenstine voted to protect Second Amendment rights for veterans and restore accountability at the Veterans Administration. H.R. 1181 would end the Obama Administration’s Veterans Gun Ban by restoring constitutional due process protections for veterans. The VA reported hundreds of thousands of veterans to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System simply because they handle their benefits earned through service. ... Read more

  • Bridenstine Argues for FAA/AST Funding Increase
    Posted in In The News on March 9, 2017 | Preview rr

    Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee today making the case for a funding increase for FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST). He won praise from subcommittee members and one, who also happens to chair the subcommittee that funds NASA, endorsed Bridenstine to serve as the next NASA Administrator. Bridenstine is said to be one of the top candidates, although the White House has not nominated anyone for that position yet. Bridenstine is... Read more

  • Senate passes major bill to improve weather forecasting
    Posted in In The News on December 2, 2016 | Preview rr

    Sweeping bipartisan legislation to support weather research and predictions has passed the Senate. If approved by the House of Representatives and signed by the president, it will become the first major piece of weather legislation adopted since the early 1990s. The bill, Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2016, H.R. 1561, was approved unanimously in the Senate late Thursday. The bill’s stated purpose is “to improve the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration’s weather re... Read more

  • 67 finish naturalization process, become U.S. citizens
    Posted in In The News on September 22, 2016 | Preview rr

    Constitution Day was celebrated in a special way in Tulsa when 67 people from other nations became U.S. citizens last week. The naturalization ceremony in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma was the second within two days. Earlier, 49 people became new citizens. Chief U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell noted the anniversary as he welcomed the candidates and their families to the fourth-floor courtroom. “This is a big day for all of us,” he said, “particularly for those ab... Read more

  • Bridenstine touts F-35 during simulator program, want them assigned to Tulsa airport
    Posted in In The News on August 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    At the controls of the supersonic fighter plane as it roared off the runway was U.S. Sen. James Lankford, whose first concern on getting into the cockpit was the location of the ejection seat handle. Minutes later Congressman Jim Bridenstine, sitting in a sister but slightly different, version was catapulted from an aircraft carrier. Neither got more than a foot or two off the ground on Friday. They were in a trainer brought to Tulsa by the plane’s manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, to the Ducommun ... Read more

  • Bridenstine-backed bill aims to improve weather data through private companies
    Posted in In The News on June 10, 2016 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Jim Bridenstine is supporting a bill aimed at providing improved weather data for forecasters. The bill would allow the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to purchase weather data from private companies, something it currently does not do. The Oklahoma Republican said the public may get improved warnings by using data from privately owned satellites instead of only relying on government satellites. “It should improve the model. In some cases, it may be better... Read more

  • Congressman Recognizes Tulsa Non-Profit For Work With Burn Victims
    Posted in In The News on May 3, 2016 | Preview rr

    TULSA, Oklahoma - Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine put a Tulsa non-profit in the spotlight Monday morning. He’s recognizing the work of the Wise Foundation, which provides emotional and psychological support to burn victims with disfiguring scars. The organization hosts conferences and retreats and is partnering with local colleges to offer one burn victim a full scholarship. "To also let the community know that burn survivors exist, that we are out there doing great work to serve them, but ... Read more