Representatives Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Lamar Smith (R-Texas), and Brian Babin (R-Texas) are calling for a temporary suspension of Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) resettlement funding for all refugees, as well as individuals not in a legitimate lawful status. The lawmakers’ approach includes but also extends beyond refugee services for Syrian, Iraqi and other refugees and reflects the need to examine the resettlement of potential “special interest aliens” who are crossing our Southern border. The lawmakers are currently crafting language to address the issue for inclusion in an omnibus spending bill.
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Earlier today, Rep Bridenstine signed onto a letter to House Leadership demanding that any government funding bills stop refugee resettlement until approved by a joint resolution of Congress. The text of the letter is below:
Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McCarthy and Chairman Rogers:
We are writing to express our concerns about the continuing threat of terrorism and to urge that the Congress exercise greater oversight and authority over the refugee resettlement programs.
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It was 2007 and House Speaker Lance Cargill’s call to me occurred a few weeks following the start of my first legislative session. As a legislative freshman, I had already observed the great power held by the Speaker of the House. I knew to take Cargil…
President Obama’s premature and politically motivated withdrawal from Iraq led to the Islamic State’s creation. The Islamic State is now exploiting a humanitarian crisis in Iraq and Syria to infiltrate terrorists into the West. Press reports indicate that at least one ISIS terrorist involved in the recent Paris attacks was registered as a refugee with Greece.
The United States is a welcoming country, but we’re under no obligation to jeopardize our national security to admit refugees from Syria or anywhere else. President Obama wants to resettle over 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States. The horrific ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris demonstrate that resettling any Syrian refugees could endanger national security.
At this point, the United States has no way of credibly screening potential Syrian refugees for terrorist affiliation. President Obama’s FBI Director, James Comey, admitted this fact to Congress last month. President Obama should stop all Syrian refugee resettlement activity immediately. Congress should defund all Syrian refugee processing and resettlement programs.
Today the House concurred with the Senate amendment to the Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship (SPACE) Act of 2015. The bill passed unanimously from both houses and now goes to the President for signature.
HR 2262 is designed to facilitate a pro-growth business environment for the commercial space industry.
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Biometric ID is problematic enough but the REAL ID Act compounds the privacy, security and liberty issues of what is, at the moment still a state held biometric identification database. The REAL ID Act requires all state DMV database to be connected which means the data will be accessed and used widely probably in ways many of us have not even imagined.
If you are an Oklahoman who has questions about REAL ID, it is critical that you attend this meeting.If you are an Oklahoman who has questions about REAL ID, it is critical that you attend this meeting.
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The association that governs extracurricular activities for Oklahoma secondary schools on Wednesday reversed its prior decision to ban students from using public address systems for prayer during playoff athletic events.
According to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) policy obtained by KFAQ on Wednesday, The school or other organization providing the facility for an OSSAA playoff or championship event may permit a moment of silence prior to the start of all activities…
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Last summer, Rep. Bobby Cleveland of Lexington made a loud protest against the OSSAA’s extraordinary effort to silence any concerted religious behavior. Sooner Politics covered his efforts, here: Rep Bobby Cleveland Calls For Reform of OSSAA.
Cleveland said that OSSAA’s decision is a continuation of a policy that infringes on people’s right to prayer.