In the last two years, ISIS has been tied to almost 100 terror plots against the West, and out of those, America was the number one target. Terrorism is the biggest threat to our national security today, and I believe that it is up to us to stop it.
Just last month, a terrorist who pledged allegiance to ISIS carried out the largest attack on American soil since 9/11. This attack had nothing to do with the gun laws of Orlando, Fl. It had everything to do with the radical Islamic ideals of the person who walked into the Pulse nightclub and pulled the trigger.
It is time to get tough on terrorism. The Obama administration has allowed our enemies to develop a stronghold in the heart of the Middle East. He has kept our military from being able to engage and destroy the enemy like they are trained to do. Because of this, we are in the highest terror threat environment since 9/11.
We need to ensure that the threat can’t just walk into the United States. I voted for legislation to enforce the strict screening process for any person trying to immigrate to the U.S., including those from places like Syria. The SAFE Act prohibits a refugee from Syria or Iraq from entering the U.S. until the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and our National Intelligence agency can affirm that the individual poses no security threat. The House passed this bill and it is now waiting on action in the Senate.
But the enemy is already here at home, and we have to remain vigilant against homegrown extremists. Since September 11, 2001, there have been at least 157 homegrown jihadist plots in the United States, including attempts to join terrorist groups overseas and execute attacks at home. More than 85 percent of these cases have occurred or been uncovered since 2009. Law enforcement across the country is working against these terrorists, but the threat is growing.
This is a war. It needs to be fought, and it must be won. I will continue to work to make sure that we have legislation in place to protect the people of the United States at home, and a military that is strong enough to defeat any enemy abroad. I will work to empower our law enforcement community, and I will keep trying to improve our immigration controls to keep the wolves outside the door. I will continue to fight to keep America safe.Read More
WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK02) released the following statement concerning the shooting in Dallas on July 7th.
“My heart is heavy for the families of the police officers killed and injured in last night’s shooting. I can only imagine how their families and fellow officers must feel today. Over the coming days and weeks, we will learn more about why this happened, but for now I ask that you thank a police officer today for their service and join me in praying for the families of the fallen officers in Dallas.”Read More
WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK02) introduced H.R. 5604 June 28th. It is a bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize veterans to use their Post-9/11 Educational Assistance benefits to pursue independent study programs at certain educational institutions that are not institutions of higher learning.
Under the current law, veterans are not allowed to use their G.I. Bill education benefits for vocational programs if even one credit of the class is online or through distance learning. All classes for these programs must be taken in person at the institution.
“I believe that the men and women who put on the uniform to defend our country deserve every benefit we can give them,” said Mullin. “The best thing we can do for them is give them access to an education so they can get better jobs, and make a better life for themselves and their families.”
Institutions from across Oklahoma support the legislation. Wade Walling, superintendent of the Wes Watkins Technology Center in Wetumka, Ok says that without this change many veterans would have to drive extreme distances to attend classes.
“Veterans should not have to drive long distance or relocate when a non-degree accredited post-secondary career and technology school is locally accessible,” says Walling. “Veterans who have often served extended tours of duty should be able to use their vocational training GI Bill benefits close to home and family. Let’s not require them to serve another “tour-of-duty” away from family when using their training benefits. Common sense needs to prevail for our veterans.”
Other lawmakers also support Mullin in targeting this flaw in the current Post-9/11 education benefits. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) recently introduced a similar bill in the Senate to help Oklahoma veterans receive educational benefits.
“Career and technical education centers are vital as a post-secondary education and workforce training option for our veterans," Inhofe said. “Yet recently the Obama administration ended the five-year trend of veterans receiving GI benefits to pursue independent study courses at certain tech centers, blocking access to 200 accredited educational programs in Oklahoma alone. Our veterans deserve access to a full range of accredited educational programs as they transition into civilian life. I commend Congressman Mullin for introducing this important piece of legislation and working with me to ensure that veterans are able to fully use the GI benefits they earned serving our nation.”
Opponents of the bill claim that for-profit and online only institutions could take advantage of this new legislation.
“Only accredited organizations are covered under this bill,” said Mullin. “It is meant for public, non-profit schools that help veterans better themselves. It is not a loophole for those who try to exploit men and women who served their country with honor.”
On June 12th, a terrorist walked into The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Because of his radicalized ideology, he massacred 49 people and wounded 53 more. The only thing that stopped him from taking more lives was the response by law enforcement officers on the scene.
This week, House Democrats led by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tried to use this tragic terror attack as a way to further their liberal agenda and take away our Second Amendment right. They would like people to believe that more gun laws would have stopped this attack from happening.
When liberals try to compare my ability to own a gun to the acts of a terrorist, it makes me angry. In Oklahoma, firearms are passed down from generation to generation as family heirlooms. They are used for sport and providing food for families. Guns can be found in households across the district. I have one hanging in my office in Washington D.C. That is our right guaranteed by the Constitution.
From 2005 to 2014, there were over 43,000 murders committed in the United States using something other than a firearm. Of those, 688 were in Oklahoma. You never hear outrage from these tragedies. You never hear about Democrats staging a sit-in to demand stricter laws against hammers or pocket knives. You only hear about it when it involves a gun. People tend to fear what they don’t understand, and that is especially true when it comes to guns. Democrats try to target those fears.
It is time to call a spade a spade. This was an act of terror carried out by someone who pledged allegiance to ISIS. The 911 transcripts released by the Department of Justice clearly show that the shooter pledged his life to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State. This isn’t a time for more gun laws. This is a time for all of us to come together to stop Islamic terrorists from being able to harm more Americans.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) voted Thursday to approve H.R. 5293, The Fiscal Year 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. The bill will fund the U.S. military through September 2017.
“This legislation ensures that we maintain our military readiness,” said Mullin. “It gives us the ability to keep the men and women on the front lines equipped and it puts a little extra money in their pocket that I think they more than deserve.”
This year’s bill includes a 2.1% pay increase for troops. Once passed, this offers troops their largest pay raise since 2010. The legislation also rejects the administration’s reductions in end strength and supports funding for an additional 28,715 active forces and 25,000 Selected Reserve forces.
“In today’s world, the last thing we need to do is cut defense spending,” says Mullin. “America is a target for radical extremists, and we need to make sure that our military is ready to go to war against our enemies.”
This year’s budget also allows for an increase in equipment for the warfighter. Included is $120.8 billion for weapons and equipment procurement that will include 15 new ships for the Navy and more than 100 additional aircraft across the services. It also allows for $70.8 billion to be spent on research and development to develop the weapons of the future.
Another key point in the bill is that it prohibits the closure of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It also prevents funding for construction of any facility that could be used to house detainees within the U.S. in the future, as well as stops any transfer of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay back to the Cuban government.
“The detainees left in Guantanamo Bay are the worst of the worst,” Mullin said. “These men are true monsters. I cannot allow them to be moved onto U.S. soil.”
H.R. 5293 passed in the House by a vote of 282-138.
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
I grew up in a small town in eastern Oklahoma, and I grew up saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Every day, I would stand with my hand over my heart and recite these words. And every day I felt proud.
Our flag has been through a lot in its life. It has been carried in conflicts around the world, from Bunker Hill to Baghdad. It was there when George Washington took the oath of office as our first president. It stood proudly when we put the first man on the moon. It has witnessed this country’s growth from 13 colonies to 50 great states.
It’s draped over the caskets of brave men and women who gave their last full measure of devotion and laid down their lives for our country. It can be seen placed in front of the white tombstones in national cemeteries around the world. It has been, and continues to be, a beacon of hope and freedom. I love our flag.
On June 14, we celebrated Flag Day. It can be easy to forget that we all serve the same flag. I don’t think any one of us ever stands up and pledges allegiance to a political party, but too often we get so caught up in partisan politics that we lose sight of what’s important. No matter what side of the aisle we stand on, we’re all on the same team. In Congress, I serve all Oklahomans and I make decisions that impact all Americans.
Over the next few weeks, I hope that you take a moment and honor our flag. Tell your children of its proud history. I also hope you will take a moment and join me in saying our Pledge of Allegiance.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) voted as a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce Wednesday to support H.R. 2646, Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. The bill, introduced by Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18), focuses on repairing the broken mental health system in America.
“This bill is one that has support on both sides of the aisle,” says Mullin. “We all realize we need to do more to help the people in our country that suffer from mental health issues.”
Under the current mental health system, there are numerous problems. Nearly 10 million Americans suffer from some form of serious mental illness. Many have difficulty receiving care due to the lack of communication between programs.
Federal funding for mental health is currently $130 billion and it is dispersed to 112 federal programs. Many times these programs do not communicate to ensure the funds and assistance go to the right place. H.R. 2646 will establish an Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use with mental health credentials. They will develop and carry out a strategic plan that is to be updated every five years.
“Communication between all these programs is key,” Mullin says. “It will allow the government to maximize our ability to help those who really need it in Oklahoma and around the country, as well as cut down on unnecessary spending.”
H.R. 2646 passed through committee by a vote of 53-0.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) voted Tuesday in favor of H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act. The bill prohibits the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from requiring non-profit organizations to disclose the personal information of contributors.
“The IRS has no business requiring non-profit organizations to tell them who gave money,” says Mullin. “This is just another way that big government is trying to pry into the lives of Americans.”
Under the current tax law, non-profit organizations are required to submit a form to the IRS listing the names and addresses of their donors. This information potentially allows the IRS to target citizens based on their contributions.
“The IRS under the Obama administration has become extremely political,” said Mullin. “They have admitted to targeting conservative groups in the past, and this bill will cut off one avenue they have to do that.”
One group who supports H.R. 5053 is Americans for Tax Reform. According to an article on their website, “Protecting free speech is an issue that should be supported by members and groups regardless of political affiliation. Refusing to act against IRS abuse opens the door to future administrations doing the same regardless of whether they are Democrat or Republican.”
Mullin also added that what people do with their hard earned money should not be any of the governments business.
“If a farmer in south-eastern Oklahoma wants to give money to a charity, they shouldn’t be worried about receiving an audit next year because the IRS doesn’t agree with that group’s politics,” Mullin said.
H.R. 5053 passed in the House by a vote of 240-182.
With the demands of daily life, staying active and being healthy can get moved to the backburner pretty quickly. But living a healthy lifestyle is something that should be on the forefront of our minds. The month of June, Men’s Health Month, is a good time to start the conversation.
As co-chairs of the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) and I hope to motivate men to take an active role in their wellbeing, as well as to bring awareness to health issues that affect men every day.
With Father’s Day right around the corner, I am thinking even more about my health – especially when it comes to the example I set for my kids, and the impact they have had on my life. I want to be around to see them grow up, and this is why I try to stay fit and healthy.
My two sons, Andrew and Jim, along with my oldest daughter, Larra, all wrestle. As a former wrestler, I am very proud to pass the tradition of wrestling on to my kids. Hopefully I’ll even be able to cheer for my grandkids on the wrestling mat one day. Working out to get in shape for wrestling season is something that we can do as a family, and it shows my kids that exercise doesn’t have to be a chore.
My kids are smaller versions of myself, so teaching them how to be healthy and giving them access to the tools and resources they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle is vital to their growth and development in adulthood.
This month, I encourage you to make a commitment to your own health. Let’s leave a healthy legacy for the next generations of Oklahomans.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) voted to oppose the Obama administration’s latest attack on the oil and gas industry – a proposed $10 dollar tax on every barrel of oil.
“With oil prices climbing back over $50 a barrel, Oklahoma families are just starting to recover from the plunge in prices,” said Mullin. “But the effects are still being felt. This new tax proposed by the Obama administration will undercut all the efforts made to get Oklahoma’s energy industry back on its feet.”
According to the American Petroleum Institute, the U.S. oil and gas industry supports more than 9 million jobs nationwide. An individual who starts-off working in an oil field can make over $50,000 a year. In Oklahoma, the average annual salary across all industries and sectors is $41,768. In the oil and gas industry it is $79,275. With the fall in oil prices, many in the energy sector lost their jobs.
“I’ve talked with people who lost their jobs in the oil fields in the last year,” Mullin said. “They have made enormous sacrifices to help their families survive.”
In his Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal, President Obama recommended the addition of a $10 per barrel tax on oil.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that crude oil prices will remain relatively low through 2016 and 2017. A $10 per barrel tax on oil would increase the cost for production, and that can translate to higher costs for other goods. Mullin says this is a direct attack on the middle class and working poor of Oklahoma.
“A tax like this means higher gas prices, which then translates into higher prices across the board. That means a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk will cost more, and that takes food out of people’s mouths,” Mullin added. “This administration says it supports an all-of-the-above approach to energy policy, but this proposal is just one more way that they’ve proven that to be a lie.”
Mullin has worked to pass several bills to grow and strengthen energy jobs in Oklahoma. In the House Energy and Commerce Committee he has pushed legislation that reduces red tape in energy development permitting processes, and he championed a measure included in the 2015 year-end spending bill that lifted the 40-year-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports.
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Markwayne Mullin was elected to serve the people of Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District in November 2012.
Mullin and his wife Christie had three children, Jim, Andrew and Larra, and then on August 21, 2013 they officially became the proud parents of their adopted twin girls, Lynette and Ivy. They raise their children on the family farm where Mullin grew up in Westville, Oklahoma.
Raised in rural Adair County, he learned the value of hard work and self-discipline. The youngest of seven children, Mullin grew up working on the family farm before the sun was up and well before the school day began. When his studies and athletics were finished each day, Mullin would return home and finish his evening chores.
Mullin graduated from Stilwell High School and went to Missouri Valley College on a wrestling scholarship. Shortly after, his father fell ill and the family’s small plumbing company encountered financial troubles. Mullin then returned home and at the age of 20, he and his wife Christie took over the business. At the time the business had only six employees and was in debt.
Mullin resolved for the sake of his family and for their employees, to make the company solvent and ensure it never again fell into those circumstances. For the next three years, Mullin and his wife Christie worked seven days a week, making the difficult decisions necessary to get the business out of debt.
Mullin ultimately returned to college and graduated from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in 2010. He was honored to have been invited by his alma mater to deliver the keynote address at the OSUIT 2013 Commencement ceremonies in August.
Today, Mullin Plumbing is one of the largest service companies in the region, employing over 120 Oklahomans. It is only one of several successful companies Mullin owns and operates, including Mullin Environmental, Mullin Plumbing West Division, Mullin Services, Mullin Properties and Mullin Plumbing New Construction.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, Mullin has been the voice of business owners across America and brings their perspective into the national debate on many issues which directly impact the business community. From immigration and tax reforms to transportation issues and overzealous regulation, Mullin provides the much-needed real world perspective that comes from fighting to successfully run businesses in today’s economic and regulatory environment.
An engaging, energetic and servant-hearted individual, Mullin is not a Washington, D.C. insider. Instead, he’s a hard-working family man who is grounded by a deep faith and his love of country. Mullin holds fast to the values of rural Oklahoma – where deals are still closed with a handshake, where neighbors help one another without a moment’s hesitation and where prayer and worship are still important parts of people’s lives.
Congressman Mullin serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Natural Resources Committee. He was one of only 11 Members chosen to serve on the bipartisan Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, designated by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The panel traveled across the country to examine the current state of freight transportation in the United States and how improving freight transportation can boost the U.S. economy. The panel will release its findings in late October 2013.
Determined that he would always be accessible and available to the people he represents, Mullin has held three rounds of town hall meetings in each of the 26 counties of the 2nd District so far during his first year in office. He has also held six district-wide telephone town hall meetings. Additionally Mullin has held telephone conference calls with different community groups in the 2nd District, including mayors, county commissioners, chamber of commerce officials, dentists, hospital administrators, pastors and technology centers administrators.
Mullin is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation. When the 113th Congress convened in January 2013, he became only the second Native American in the House.