United States Congressman Frank Lucas held a town hall meeting at the Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus on Monday.
Lucas immediately informed the audience of the importance of the Budget Reconciliation Bill, and the reasons for debate. “Since the exit of John Bayner it has been an epic struggle for budget resolution,” said Lucas. “Congress must clarify, reduce spending and decide on the best way to move forward.”
Lucas also said that the oil and gas industry is under a great financial strain that is affecting everyone. “Saudi Arabians are opening their valves to intentionally hurt the Iranians and Russians. This is ‘predatory capitalism’,” he said.
He also talked in length about ethanol requirements and demands. “When the corn crop was priced at $7 a bushel prices skyrocketed,” he said. “Also there was an increase in supply and the world demand went down. Syria and Lybia have an ongoing fight over oil, for 1,400 years causing extreme turmoil in the Middle East.”
Lucas referred to the presidential campaign as the silly season. “With Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump creating a lot of attention, reality television has made it to the presidential election,” he said.
Lucas said that Trump has a lot of momentum activity present, and is very knowledgeable on finances. Lucas said, “If Hillary and Trump are the final two presidential candidates, be prepared for the loudest and meanest campaign ever.”
Lucas said by the number of Altus and Southwest Oklahoma folks present at the meeting, they are very knowledgeable of their presidential candidates. “Oklahoma is thinking about the process, and are looking at all of their options,” said Lucas. “It makes me feel good that Oklahoman’s are excited and very focused. We don’t want a presidential campaign where the people do not care. When voters pay attention, research and ask questions, then the result for the United States will be a better president.”
Lucas opened the floor for questions. Patrons asked about Clinton’s FBI issues, crude oil production, the Keystone pipeline, the National Convention, crop insurance, the farm bill and FEMA .
In closing Lucas gave helpful words and advice to the residents of Oklahoma in dealing with the budget crisis. “Work with your Oklahoma legislators, and support them in their struggle to balance the budget,” he said. “Tax increases are not very popular with our neighbors, so they must find a way to efficiently meet the needs and challenges of the State of Oklahoma.”
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