Most Oklahoma lawmakers support package of tax breaks and spending
by Chris Casteel
WASHINGTON — Six of the seven Oklahomans in Congress supported $680 billion in tax breaks and $1.1 trillion in spending as lawmakers wrapped up their budget work this week. The House cleared the spending bill overwhelmingly on Friday; the Senate approved the entire package, and President Barack Obama signed it.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, opposed the spending bill.
Comments from Oklahoma lawmakers made clear that none of them loved the entire package but that the good outweighed the bad.
Here are their post-vote observations:
Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City: “Legislation in a democracy is often a boisterous compromise, but this bill was a complete backroom negotiation. It is full of great policy provisions mixed with half-baked ideas and muddy process. While I voted for the important policies in the bill, I do not support the broken process, or many other aspects that led to the final product.
“This tax reform and omnibus bill includes numerous priorities for Oklahomans and all Americans, such as long-term reforms for the small business tax code, it defunds the Obamacare Independent Payment Advisory Board and it finally lifts the absurd ban on oil exports.”