Lankford answers questions during Monday visit

By Mary O. Esparza, -

US Senator for Oklahoma James Lankford visited Altus on Monday evening at City Hall . Members of the audience asked questions concerning the nation and Oklahoma. Following are some of those questions and Lankford’s answers.

What are your plans for Cyber security on infrastructure? “In my voting for the Omnibus and tax reform bill, the bill includes language to strengthen Cyber security from international Cyber attackers.”

Do you feel comfortable we are spending the right amount for National Defense? “Yes, you see what you need to spend in the country, and budget for it. The Omnibus and tax reform bill also gives our military a surge in funding for re-supply , training and a pay increase.”

When Lankford was asked about the “Waters of the US” his response was, “As one of the greatest examples of Presidential overreach in a decade, the American people (in their state) should be allowed to handle their water. The federal authority should be limited on private land.

In August, Lankford and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) sent a letter to the EPA to seek further clarification on compliance for the WOTUS rule. Lankford was a cosponsor of a Senate resolution to nullify and expand the WOTUS definition.

Lankford was asked to comment on Planned Parenthood. “I fought strongly that no money go towards abortion because at 20 weeks a nervous system is developed in a child. “A child is a child, and at the end of the day, my job is to protect children.”

What do you think we (the country) needs to do to go back to being a Republic? “More engagement, listening to those voices and reading the Constitution.”

The topic of ways to stimulate the economy was raised and Lankford said, “There was a need for more building of small businesses and to only regulate when needed”. The Senator also commented on the Education Reform Bill (which replaces the No Child Left Behind), and that each state must perform their own testing.

Lankford was asked about the upcoming Presidential campaign , and said, “I know that Oklahomans are very smart at looking at each candidates policy. Oklahoma will choose someone with solid character and integrity, that uses the pulpit positively and not as a bully, they will vote for the person not afraid of their faith and that will be humble with their power.”

For more on Senator Lankford’s visit, read the Dec. 22 Tuesday edition of the Altus Times. The story can also be viewed online at

By Mary O. Esparza,

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077

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