DC Digest: Lankford wants to take a closer look at the defense contractor | national news

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Two masters? Lankford was among three senators who requested additional information about McKinsey & Co.., a US-based consulting firm that does extensive business with Chinese government-owned or controlled companies while retaining US Department of Defense contracts worth $300 million.

“McKinsey’s work on behalf of Chinese state-owned enterprises and other businesses amounts to working on behalf of the CCP and could lead to direct or indirect support for the CCP’s armed wing, the People’s Liberation Army,” they said. writes lawmakers at McKinsey.

“These previously undisclosed relationships between McKinsey & Company and the CCP, the Chinese government and CCP-related entities raise serious questions about whether McKinsey can be trusted to continue working on behalf of the United States government,” they said. they stated.

Home calls: Telehealth legislation passed by the House included provisions by Rep. Kevin Hern that made access to mental health and addictions services permanent.

Dots and dashes: The Water Resources Development Act, which includes provisions for rebuilding Arkansas River levees and deepening the McClellen-Kerr Arkansas River navigation system, passed the Senate 92-2 . … While leading a roundtable discussion on immigration at the America First summit, US Senator James Lankford criticized major television outlets for not paying more attention to the issue. … Sen. Jim Inhofe was among Republicans calling on the U.S. Department of Human Services’ inspector general to investigate the administration’s $10 billion COVID-19 public education campaign. … The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has dismissed a 4-year-old lawsuit challenging Oklahoma’s fly ash disposal regulations. … Second District Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Markwayne Mullin rejected student loan forgiveness, saying only 12 percent was held by low-income households and that “farmers and ranchers, homeowners small businesses and Oklahoma teachers (shouldn’t) pay the debts of Ivy League lawyers and doctors….Lankford was among Republicans complaining that the administration is not cooperating with Argentine officials investigating arms traffickers and suspected Iranian spies apprehended in the South American country last month.

—Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World


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