Sulphur Times-Democrat

By Sen. Frank Simpson

Children are back in school and the legislature is already working on potential bills for the upcoming session, which starts in February. We get most of our ideas from constituents, and while many of those ideas become bills and are presented during session there are some that require further study and discussion. This is why we have interim studies. These studies allow the committees to call in experts as well as citizens who stand on both sides of an issue so we can get all perspectives. There were 36 studies approved in the Senate this year. I requested studies dealing with the eradication of feral swine in Oklahoma, drone use regulations in Oklahoma, and the operations of the Heartland Flyer.


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by Congressman Tom Cole

It has been a longstanding policy of the United States that we will not negotiate with terrorists and we will not pay ransom money to free hostages. The reasons for this policy are obvious; paying ransoms incentivizes the taking of more hostages. U.S. presidents for decades have recognized this policy and adhered to it - until this president. As we have learned over the last several weeks, the Obama administration paid Iran $400 million in pallets of foreign currency – supposedly to pay them back for an arms deal in the late 1970’s that the United States had negotiated with the Shah of Iran when they  were considered a friendly ally.


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