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Each year, Congress must authorize the necessary funding and resources for our nation’s defense. Unfortunately, the partisanship that continues to plague the U.S. House of Representatives recently reached a new low, ending the longstanding tradition of passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with overwhelming bipartisanship in the House and affirming support for our troops and the critical resources they need to be effective.

The 2019 legislative session is now officially adjourned. When the session began back in February, most of us felt this had to the potential to be one of the most productive sessions in the history of our state—and it was.

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Jessica Garvin had never considered running for a political office higher than city council or school board — “if I got a wild hair might run for mayor?” but she never gave it much thought until the last several months she was encouraged to throw her hat into the ring for Oklahoma State Senate District 43.

Session is moving along quickly. Constitutionally, we’re required to adjourn by the last Friday in May. Once we get the executive nominations considered, the remaining bills passed out of conference committee and approved by both chambers, and approve a budget, we can adjourn.

This week has been a whirlwind of activity at the Capitol. Not too long ago, all of the bills the Senate passed were sent to the House, and all the bills the House passed were sent to the Senate. This week marked the deadline for those bills to be passed out of the opposite legislative chamber.