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Bridenstine OK with flying solo

Owen Canfield Modified: June 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm •  Published: June 21, 2013

When the farm bill shepherded by U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, came up for a vote in the House this week, Oklahoma Republican Reps. James Lankford, Tom Cole and Markwayne Mullin all voted in favor. Jim Bridenstine, who like Mullin has been a House member just five months, voted against it.

Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, promised during his campaign to be a fiscal hawk. The House farm bill may not have included enough cost cuts to suit Bridenstine. But Lankford, Cole and Mullin aren’t exactly seen as big spenders.

Bridenstine wasn’t the only GOP member who voted “no.” And he showed his independence back in January when he voted against retaining John Boehner as speaker.

Even so, in rejecting a bill brought by the senior member of the state’s House delegation, the man who chairs the House Agriculture Committee, Bridenstine likely ensured that he shouldn’t go asking Lucas for a favor any time soon.