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DC Notes: Oklahoma Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn have written new books

Inhofe and Coburn tackle their signature issues in new books; Rep. Frank Lucas kicks off field hearings for a new farm bill; Rep. James Lankford honors Oklahoma City native Ralph Ellison
by Chris Casteel Published: March 4, 2012

Senators Inhofe, Coburn write books about issues

Both of Oklahoma's U.S. senators have written books about their signature issues — global warming for Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, and the nation's fiscal problems for Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee.

Inhofe's book, “The Great Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future,” was released Feb. 28 and chronicles his battle with environmentalists, politicians, the media and others over his contention that man-made global warming isn't real.

The book was number 432 on Amazon's chart Friday afternoon.

Coburn's book, “The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America,” will be released April 17 and feature Coburn's warnings about the nation's fiscal future and his proposed solutions. Coburn last year released a detailed plan to reduce projected spending by $9 trillion over the next decade.

Lucas to begin farm bill hearings across nation

Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, announced that his panel will begin holding hearings across the country as it develops the next long-term farm bill.

Lucas said the committee will head first to upstate New York on Friday, while March and April hearings are scheduled in Illinois, Arkansas and Kansas to hear from producers about how federal farm policy should be structured in a much more austere era.

“Field hearings represent one of the best parts of writing the farm bill because it gives us a chance to see the countryside and visit with folks who are directly impacted by our policy decisions in Washington,” Lucas said.

“Agricultural policy affects every American; ensuring that our farmers and ranchers have the necessary tools they need to continue to produce an affordable and stable food supply is as important to our country as national defense. It's critical to all of us that we get it right.”

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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