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Oklahoma's longest-serving members of the U.S. House face primary election opposition from challengers who say the incumbents' time in Washington has put them out of touch with constituents back home and their votes do not represent voters' values.

Third District Rep. Frank Lucas, the senior member of Oklahoma's delegation, faces fellow Republican Desiree Brown of Hennessey in the June 28 primary, in which Lucas is seeking a 12th term in the sprawling western Oklahoma district. The winner will meet Democrat Frankie Robbins of Medford in the Nov. 8 general election.

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The National Institutes of Health is prepared to get a $2 billion funding increase in the federal spending bill released last week. As STAT reports, Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole was a big advocate for that increase.

Six of Oklahoma's seven-member congressional delegation voted for a budget plan that passed both the House and Senate and heads to the president.

he measure passed the Senate on a 65-33 vote Friday after passing the House by a 316-113 margin earlier in the day. It combines $1.14 trillion in new spending and $680 billion in tax cuts over the coming decade.

The House of Representatives has no new leader in sight.

This time last week House Republicans were reeling from the announcement by frontrunner and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) that he was suddenly dropping out of the race to succeed Speaker John Boehner, whose earlier decision was equally shocking. The Congressman many are pinning their hopes on now is Paul Ryan, who doesn't want to be Speaker.

There are others interested in the job. The question is can any of them bring together a group seemingly at war with itself.

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