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  • Rep. Steve Russell: VA reform bill is a start
    Posted in In The News on May 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Rep. Steve Russell, a former Army ranger, pays tribute to service members for Memorial Day and discusses changes that need to come to the VA. Read more

  • Trump tells Congress to eliminate loan program that irked Steve Russell
    Posted in In The News on May 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Spending Cuts and Debt

    President Donald Trump moved this week to eliminate an obscure federal loan program that has irked Oklahoma City's congressman for years. On Tuesday, the president sent Congress a package of $15 billion in cuts to dormant programs, including $5 billion in Children's Health Insurance Program funding that has expired, $107 million in leftover Hurricane Sandy relief funds and several outdated grants. Included in the president's 41-page request is an end to the little-used Advanced Technology Vehicl... Read more

  • Pentagon probe into deadly Niger attack finds mistakes, but recommends no punishment
    Posted in In The News on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    A Pentagon investigation into an ambush that killed four U.S. soldiers in Niger in October found that two officers in charge misinformed higher-ups about the danger of the mission, yet no punishment was recommended against them, according to officials familiar with the still-unreleased report on the findings. Two Army captains — one in charge of the 12-man unit targeted in the ambush and another back at headquarters — did not disclose in paperwork before the mission that it was more than a rout... Read more

  • GAO report shows Congress is ignoring waste
    Posted in In The News on April 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Spending Cuts and Debt

    THE saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but can't make him drink,” may now have a modern corollary: You can identify government waste, but you can't make politicians do anything about it. This sad reality is evident — again — with release of the federal Government Accountability Office's eighth annual report on wasteful government spending. The report focuses on instances of fragmentation, duplication and overlap at federal agencies. This year's report identifies 68 new examples of waste and... Read more

  • Oklahoma had just what drone maker needed
    Posted in In The News on January 31, 2018 | Preview rr DURING an interview last week, U.S. Rep. Steve Russell recalled his initial conversations about Oklahoma with representatives of a California company that was looking to expand. “It's not that they had a bad opinion of Oklahoma, they just had no opinion of Oklahoma,” Russell, R-Choctaw, told The Oklahoman's editorial board. “I'm like, ‘The things you're trying to do we are tailor-made for.'” The company, Kratos Defense &... Read more

  • Firm to build jet-powered drones in OKC, bring 350 jobs
    Posted in In The News on January 26, 2018 | Preview rr A California-based jet-powered drone manufacturer is moving at least 350 employees and part of its engineering, design and manufacturing operations to Oklahoma City, company and state leaders said Friday. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. develops and manufactures jet drones used for military missile tests and other applications. The new Oklahoma City facility will be home to much of the company's design and manufacturing of a... Read more

  • Aerospace company Kratos coming to Oklahoma City, expects to employ more than 350 workers
    Posted in In The News on January 26, 2018 | Preview rr OKLAHOMA CITY -- A California-based aerospace company, Kratos, will be locating their next expansion in Oklahoma City, officials say. Governor Mary Fallin and U.S. Representative Steve Russell made the official announcement Friday afternoon, where they unveiled the name of the company. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. develops transformative, affordable technology for the U.S. Department of Defense and c... Read more

  • USDA finding ways to waste other people's money
    Posted in In The News on January 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture GOVERNMENT officials seldom appear bothered by throwing taxpayer money down a hole. That's not a new observation, but its validity is reinforced by Rep. Steve Russell's latest “Waste Watch” report. Russell, R-Choctaw, highlights dubious government spending several times each year and his latest report focuses on federal Farm Bill abuses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture administers the federal Supplemental Nutriti... Read more

  • Oklahoma parks and federal facilities will fully reopen after government funding deal
    Posted in In The News on January 23, 2018 | Preview rr Oklahoma's national parks will reopen fully, and its federal employees will dodge further furloughs after the first federal government shutdown in a half-decade came to an end. The Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to pass a three-week government funding bill and the House followed soon after, ending the three-day shutdown. Rep. Steve Russell, an Oklahoma City Republican, said some classes had been canceled Mond... Read more

  • WATCH: GOP rep says Trump and media need to ‘call a truce’
    Posted in In The News on January 17, 2018 | Preview rr Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) says it is time for President Trump and the press to “call a truce” “I think that both sides need to call a truce. It's not healthy to the United States. Both sides need to call a truce,” Russell told The Hill on Wednesday. Russell said that both the president and members of the media need to “sit down” and quit “playing 'The Three Stooges' and poking each other in the eye all the tim... Read more

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