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WASHINGTON— Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016.
WASHINGTON – Many existing church and civic group highway signs can now remain standing after the long term highway bill (FAST Act of 2015), championed by Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) and Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, was signed into law.
Included in the FAST Act is a provision that allows churches and civic groups to keep their existing highway signs that are not larger than 32 square feet.
Sometimes it is hard to see a direct connection between what is happening in Washington, D.C. and our everyday lives here in Oklahoma.
Over the past several weeks, I have been working on legislation that will impact us all in tangible ways. I want to highlight four bills that the House voted on this week that will have direct, positive impacts for Oklahomans. They are:
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved the Conference Report for the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The report, which is a five-year transportation reauthorization of federal highway, transit, highway safety, motor safety and other programs, was signed out of the Conference Committee on December 1, 2015.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) on Tuesday was selected to join the conference committee charged with developing the final long-term highway bill.
"I fought for Oklahoma's transportation priorities while the House developed and finalized its version of the long-term highway bill," said Mullin. "Now, I have the opportunity to make sure these priorities are preserved in the final bill that gets signed into law."
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives advanced a six year federal highway funding bill through the chamber on Thursday. The bill, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763), contained provisions offered by Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) that permanently fix regulatory conflicts over the accepted size of informational highway signs and support U.S. automobile manufacturers.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) wants to know whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated anti-lobbying statutes when it worked in conjunction with grassroots lobbying groups to promote supportive public comments on the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. The final rule takes effect at the end of August.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives adopted an amendment to let churches and civic groups keep their highway signs up for the next year.
U.S. Reps. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) and Jim Bridenstine (OK-01) offered the amendment Tuesday night during debate on the 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2577). The amendment would stop - for one year - federal enforcement of rules essentially limiting the size of church and civic club highway signs to 8 square feet.
WASHINGTON– The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills to stop the deeply-flawed proposed rule defining Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act.
Both measures were supported by Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), a vocal critic of the Obama administration’s efforts to expand federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act and further extend the reach of federal regulators into peoples’ everyday lives, their businesses and onto their land.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) is asking for a legislative fix to help Oklahoma churches and service groups keep their highway signs up.
Conflicting regulations from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the state of Oklahoma on the allowable size of religious and service organization signs could jeopardize the state’s highway funding. Acting under state law, some groups have erected highway signs but now face violation notices due to the size of those signs, which the FHWA requires to be no larger than 8 square feet.