from Representative James Lankford
Talking with Ruby Hawkins, Demetra Bailey, and State Rep. Mike Shelton about the great food at
Touring the Wolverine Tubes facility in Shawnee
Participating in the ribbon-cutting at Maps for Kids project, Hayes Elementary School
Meeting with OK Homebuilders Association at the OK State Capitol
Things Happening in Northeast OKC
most recent district work period, I had the opportunity to visit with families, family businesses, and
workers around the Fifth District. I was glad to spend an afternoon with State Representative Mike Shelton
touring his district and visiting with business owners and workers in the area. We stopped in at
MetroTech’s Metro Career Academy, the Mary Mahoney Community Health Center, and B&B Catering.
Ruby Hawkins (The Queen B) and Demetra Bailey (the Baby B) have taken a dream and made it into reality,
catering events for individuals and organizations around and outside of Oklahoma. There is a continuously
flourishing community in northeast Oklahoma City throughout central Oklahoma.
Hearing on Foreign Assistance
This week in
the House Oversight Committee, my colleagues and I questioned Inspectors General (IGs) from federal agencies,
including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), about how Washington spends our foreign
aid. We have promoted energy efficient water pumps for farmers in Pakistan, built a road in the
South Sudan that has caused multiple deaths, and constructed school buildings in Gaza that they were
unable to operate. In light of federal employee furloughs and budget cuts, I asked Mr. Michael
G. Carroll, the Deputy Inspector General for USAID, why a number of federal foreign assistance programs
lack the necessary oversight to ensure accountability and efficiency for taxpayer dollars. Mr. Carroll
pointed out that in his view we actually spend more dollars than we have the ability to oversee.
My solution is to only spend what we can oversee, which means we need to significantly cut foreign aid
until we can assure it is actually effective.