Farm Bureau members from Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District had the opportunity to hear a congressional update from Rep. Stephanie Bice on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau home office in Oklahoma City.
Bice shared with members the latest activity in Washington, D.C. and discussed several of her priority focus areas, including the 2023 farm bill, budget appropriations and the FAA reauthorization.
She also visited with Farm Bureau members about the crisis at the southern border, including the prevalence of drug abuse and human trafficking. Bice explained the challenges in finding border agents and noted that several states, including Oklahoma, have sent national guard troops in an effort to assist local authorities.
Bice also spoke about her work to reduce bureaucratic overreach in federal rulemaking, including the passage of the REINS Act, which will require major new rules be approved by both the House and Senate.
Bice addressed current proposed regulations on household appliances like gas stoves and ceiling fans, noting the excessive overreach ultimately leaves Americans with fewer choices.
She also expressed her opposition to eliminating gas- and diesel-powered vehicles, noting the potential effect the move would have on the agriculture industry and voicing her concern about the short lifespan of electric car batteries. Bice stated electric car batteries only last 10-15 years, while the average age of a car in the United States is 12 years.
Bice also touched on foreign policy, biotechnology and domestic energy independence.