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  • Draft bill proposes wide-ranging space policy changes
    Posted in In The News on March 1, 2016 | Preview rr

    A draft version of a comprehensive space policy bill seeks to make changes to the management and regulation of space activities at NASA, the Defense Department, and other federal agencies while pushing the government to rely more on commercial capabilities. A draft copy of the American Space Renaissance Act, sponsored by Rep. James Bridenstine (R-Okla.), runs nearly 100 pages and includes sections that address national security, civil and commercial space policy. Bridenstine’s office is circulat... Read more

  • Bridenstine explains spending bill votes
    Posted in In The News on February 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., was the featured speaker at the Arvest Bank Friday Forum at the Bartlesville east side branch on Friday, where he said his stance on not signing off on federal spending bills is not obstructionist, but an act to bring representation of the people back to Washington. “I want to be clear. I am not for a government shutdown, that’s what they want you to believe,” Bridenstine said. “I am for representing you in Washington, D.C., and when both parties collude to de... Read more

  • Pregnancy Resource Center of Owasso awarded by Congressman Bridenstine
    Posted in In The News on February 19, 2016 | Preview rr

    Pregnancy Resource Center of Owasso was the recipient of the First Congressional District Non-Profit in the Spotlight award Wednesday, Feb. 17. Congressman Jim Bridenstine recognized the center for its constituent recommendations and stories of service that are communicated to the First District congressional office. “What you’re doing for people that are in sometimes very desperate need of help is good and your commitment to life is something that’s very important to me personally,” said Briden... Read more

  • U.S. Air Force taking closer look at buying commercial weather data
    Posted in In The News on January 25, 2016 | Preview rr

    As the U.S. Air Force develops a long-term weather satellite strategy, the service also is considering using commercial weather data to meet gaps in its forecasting capabilities. In a request for information posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website in late December, the Air Force said it was looking for white papers that would describe industry’s “long-term interest in providing weather data as a commercial service, utilizing currently available or projected on-orbit weather capabili... Read more

  • Bridenstine Planning Broad Space Reform Bill
    Posted in In The News on January 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and House staffers have spent months drafting what they envision as a wide-reaching reform bill that would change how the Defense Department and NASA approach space acquisitions and operations. The legislation, which will be known as the American Space Renaissance Act and would serve as a kind of clearinghouse of reforms, has been whispered about between lawmakers, staff members and industry officials for several months. Bridenstine formally discussed the effo... Read more

  • Congressional delegation slams Obama's initiatives on guns
    Posted in In The News on January 5, 2016 | Preview rr

    First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine said Tuesday he is cosponsoring legislation to block a portion of President Barack Obama’s gun initiative intended to include information about Social Security recipients prohibited from possessing firearms for mental health reasons in the background check system. “The president plans to prohibit certain Social Security recipients from legally owning firearms,” Bridenstine said in a release. “In response, I will cosponsor legislation to prohibit the So... Read more

  • Jim Bridenstine, committee chairman Lamar Smith talk space, environmental regulation
    Posted in In The News on December 5, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine brought House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith of Texas to Tulsa on Friday. Publicly, they talked mostly about how bad the Obama administration’s environmental regulations are. Privately, at a dinner with area manufacturers Friday night at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium, they planned to discuss putting the “space” back into Tulsa’s aerospace sector. “We’ve been talking about a burgeoning space industry, with private commercial compan... Read more

  • Congressman Bridenstine Stands for Parents, Votes Against Education Bill
    Posted in In The News on December 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday night the U.S. House passed, by a vote of 359 to 64, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which would replace No Child Left Behind. Reps. Markwayne Mullin, (R-OK-2); Frank Lucas, (R-OK-3); Tom Cole (R-OK-4); and Steve Russell, (R-OK-5) voted for it. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, (R-OK-1); voted against it. Congressman Bridenstine said, “ESSA expands the role of the federal government by creating a program for pre-school managed by the Department of Health and Human Service... Read more

  • Pentagon, State began Islamic State strategy meetings only two months ago
    Posted in In The News on December 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    It was not until two months ago — as the war against the Islamic State was over a year old — that the Pentagon and the State Department began regular high-level planning meetings to make big decisions on how to defeat the terror army in Iraq and Syria, the nation’s top military officer told Congress on Tuesday. One such momentous decision was to finally begin striking at the main source of the Islamic State’s financing — the columns of oil trucks heading to the black market — a cash flow that ha... Read more

  • Republicans raise legal questions ahead of Gitmo order
    Posted in In The News on November 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    House Republicans who have served in the military are urging the Joint Chiefs of Staff to seek legal guidance before following any orders from the President Obama to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States. In letter Monday, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan) and 15 of his veteran colleagues, told the Joint Chiefs to seek appropriate legal advice, prior to executing any order from the president. “It is of great concern to us that President Obama may be considering ordering a transfer o... Read more