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WASHINGTON— Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) released the following statement after the passage of S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.
“One of the most vital responsibilities of Congress is to provide for the common defense, by ensuring the safety and security of our nation and its citizens,” Mullin said. “The NDAA FY17 sends the message that our number one priority in government is supporting our troops.”
On December 7, we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. An attack that lasted just 110 minutes left 2,335 U.S. service members dead and another 1,143 wounded. The next day in an address to a Joint Session of Congress, President Franklin Roosevelt called December 7, 1941: “A date which will live in infamy.” I believe those words still hold true today.
The United States government works on a different calendar than most of the country. We work off of a fiscal year (FY) that starts on October 1st and runs until September 30th. During the current FY, we work to appropriate the funds for the next year. If Congress is unable to pass a budget before the end of the FY, then the federal government shuts down like we saw in 2014.
This year, the House worked together to get all 12 of our appropriations bills out of committee and ready for votes on the floor. We have been ready since July.
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.
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.”
WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) voted for two bills to ensure U.S. military readiness and a strong national defense. The two bills, the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (H.R. 4909) and the 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4974), passed the full U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan votes.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) on Tuesday voted to combat future terrorist recruitment efforts by requiring the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to use the testimonials of former terrorists and extremists to stop terrorist groups from recruiting Americans.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday to make sure people who are known or suspected terror threats are detected when trying to cross international borders. The Enhancing Overseas Traveler Vetting Act (H.R. 4403), a bill that strengthens the counterterrorism abilities of U.S. allies, passed unanimously.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) and Steve Russell (OK-05) introduced a bill on Thursday that will give Oklahoma’s military installations the flexibility they need to hire more workers. The bill, the Department of Defense Workforce Flexibility Act of 2016 (H.R. 4687), allows temporary employees within the U.S. Department of Defense to more easily apply for vacant, permanent positions within the department.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) voted on Wednesday to stop President Obama’s attempts to lift economic restrictions, or sanctions, on suspected Iranian terrorism supporters.
The United States and other global powers placed sanctions on Iran in 1979 to prevent the country from developing a nuclear weapon. In July 2015, the president agreed to a nuclear deal that would lift those sanctions.