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  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine recognized for leadership on space issues
    Posted in In The News on August 31, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    In the 1st District, U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine is known for his iconoclastic conservatism and willingness to challenge the status quo. In Washington, he is known as one of the few people paying much attention to the nation’s space satellite programs. It’s a technical subject, unglamorous and unlikely to make headlines in anything except a few wonky niche publications. As Bridenstine says, “This is the kind of stuff that won’t get you elected and folks back home don’t care about.” But it might d... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine: “Let’s Remember Who We’re Dealing With”
    Posted in Jim's Blog on July 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Today, President Obama announced an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. This is just one step in the process, not the end. Congress has 60 days to review the agreement and vote on a joint resolution of disapproval to stop President Obama from permanently waiving or suspending the most effective sanctions levied on Iran. While I will keep an open mind, let’s remember who we’re dealing with: Iran is the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism. Tehran’s proxies effectively control f... Read more

  • Necessary conditions for an Iran deal
    Posted in In The News on June 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Decades ago, Henry Kissinger asked if Iran’s leaders wanted their country to be “a nation or a cause” — a normal “nation” which contributes to regional stability or a “cause” which sets the Middle East on fire. The mullahs in Tehran are soon to give answer to Kissinger’s question, although expectations are that Tuesday’s negotiations deadline will be missed. Congressional sanctions brought Iran to the negotiating table after years of delay, obfuscation and outright lies. Congress will review any... Read more

  • Maintaining U.S. Military Preeminence Globally
    Posted in Jim's Blog on June 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    American military power has not only kept our country safe and free, but also underwritten global prosperity and human freedom. As a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, restoring U.S. military preeminence was one of the reasons I ran for Congress. In my short time in Congress, I have watched President Obama do some really audacious things – from unconstitutionally granting amnesty to illegal aliens to unilaterally changing Obamacare over 30 times. I never thought he would hold the military h... Read more

  • Maintaining U.S. Military Preeminence Globally
    Posted in In The News on June 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    American military power has not only kept our country safe and free, but also underwritten global prosperity and human freedom. As a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, restoring U.S. military preeminence was one of the reasons I ran for Congress. In my short time in Congress, I have watched President Obama do some really audacious things – from unconstitutionally granting amnesty to illegal aliens to unilaterally changing Obamacare over 30 times. I never thought he would hold the military h... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Votes to Support Our Troops
    Posted in Jim's Blog on May 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Today, Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted for HR 1735, the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). NDAA is a bipartisan bill which authorizes funding for America’s armed forces and sets Department of Defense (DOD) policy. Congress has passed this bill 53 years in a row. The FY16 NDAA provides our military with one-year relief from devastating cuts imposed by the Budget Control Act sequestration. Congressman Bridenstine worked on numerous provisions in the bill important to Oklahoma, inclu... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Votes for Congressional Review of Iran Deal
    Posted in Press Releases on May 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Today, Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted to support H.R. 1191, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, legislation mandating Congressional review of a final nuclear deal with Iran. H.R. 1191 passed the House overwhelmingly 400-25. The Senate passed this bill 98-1. Tough congressional sanctions brought Iran to the negotiating table. The Obama Administration squandered the leverage provided by Congress on a series of weak interim agreements. Under current law, President Obama could bypass C... Read more

  • U.S. to Fund Russian Nuclear Security Despite Ukraine Sanctions
    Posted in In The News on May 8, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security, Foreign Policy

    The Energy Department plans to spend more than $60 million in Russia for nuclear security activities at the same time U.S. and European Union sanctions are punishing Moscow for aggression against Ukraine. The Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which is in charge of nuclear arms and nuclear security, has budgeted the funds to be spent this year through an international organization called the Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Program in Russia (MNEPR), a little-... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Promotes Lifting Ban on U.S. Crude Oil Exports
    Posted in Jim's Blog on April 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security, Economy and Jobs, Energy

    America is experiencing a tremendous energy renaissance. Last month, U.S. crude oil production was the highest since 1973. The U.S. has surpassed Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of petroleum including natural gas. This astonishing rate of production has resulted in inventory accumulation. Nationwide, U.S. total crude oil inventories are at the highest level in 85 years. Cushing Oklahoma, about 50 miles west of my home in Tulsa, is the largest crude oil storage hub in the country. Tw... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Streamline DOD SATCOM Acquisition
    Posted in Jim's Blog on April 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Last week, Congressman Jim Bridenstine introduced H.R. 1864, bipartisan legislation to streamline the Department of Defense and enhance the Pentagon’s use of commercial satellite communications (SATCOM) services. Our warfighters rely on persistent and reliable SATCOM to communicate information and share data. Without robust and dependable SATCOM, America’s military quickly becomes deaf, dumb, and blind. Given SATCOM’s essential importance to modern military operations, it’s no wonder that Americ... Read more