The Norman Transcript

Opinion

August 16, 2013

Fiscal debate ahead

NORMAN — The debate over reform of the nation’s immigration laws will likely take a back seat to fiscal issues when Congress comes back this fall.

A budget fight, health care reform battle and other fiscal issues are top of mind for most members of Congress.

However, U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, told Noman Chamber of Commerce members that such substantive issues will take a back seat to fiscal matters at hand.

Some members have threatened a government shutdown if provisions of the health care reform bill are allowed to stand.

On immigration, the comprehensive bill being discussed includes new provisions for more fencing around the southwest border.

The Senate’s bill calls for at least 700 miles of fencing — half of which already exists. But in some areas, there are gaps where immigrants can just walk around the border. Additionally, farmers report seeing immigrants scale the 18-foot fence in a matter of seconds.

Mr. Cole also said much progress is being made on deficit reduction. More needs to be done, but the federal deficit is coming down, he said.

In response to a chamber board member’s question, Mr. Cole said Congress needs to fix the Postal Service’ onerous pension liability rules and keep post offices open in smaller towns where it is often the center of the community.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
  • Dancing forward

    The official motto for Mike Fowler’s chairmanship of the Norman Chamber of Commerce is “Moving Norman Forward.” But after Thursday night’s annual banquet, the sub-theme should be, “Let’s Dance, Norman.” More than 500 chamber members and ...

    April 19, 2014

  • NRA members need to step up

    Please, Mr. Bloomberg, leave the checkbook open, but step away from the podium. Your efforts to curb gun violence and improve safety are notable. The National Rifle Association thanks you....

    April 19, 2014

  • Local control or not?

    Oklahoma lawmakers are a fickle bunch when it comes to issues of local control. Sometimes they want it and other times they do not....

    April 19, 2014

  • Norman should act wisely

    Editor, The Transcript: The fact that the city of Norman sells water for oil/gas drilling (or any other purpose) for less than half what they pay Oklahoma City when buying water, and while Norman residents are on rationing, is an act of ...

    April 18, 2014

  • There’s no need to fix system that’s working

    Lawmaker attempts to alter the way judges are selected are being challenged by the state’s lawyers. More than 1,800 signatures on a state bar association petition urging a “no” vote on Senate Joint Resolution 21 have been gathered in just ...

    April 18, 2014

  • On the side of openness

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has been criticized for failing to release emails and other information sought by press outlets who believe it was covered under the state’s Open Records Act. Now, Fallin is coming down on the side of keeping the ...

    April 18, 2014

  • A raise for troopers, but what about others?

    Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers could see an increase in their paychecks during the state’s next fiscal year, which begins in July....

    April 17, 2014

  • Fallin should help residents

    Editor, The Transcript: I see this week that our empty skirt of a governor asked the federal government (small business administration) for much money. She is concerned about the suffering of the business owners in Lexington and Purcell ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Top honors for NPS

    Top honors keep rolling in for both of Norman’s high schools. The district learned this past week that Norman High School and Norman North High School have been recognized as two of the most rigorous high schools in the country and in the ...

    April 16, 2014

  • Wind power bursting

    There are a few wind generators dotting the Norman skyline, but western and northwestern Oklahoma makes up for the deficit here. An industry group this week said Oklahoma ranks fourth nationally in the amount of wind-generated ...

    April 16, 2014