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  • The Risk We Run Without President Trump’s Wall
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on June 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    President Trump has chosen to put the American people first by enforcing our immigration laws at the southern border. National security should be at the forefront of any domestic policy for the President of the United States. It is the duty of our president to keep the American people safe from harm. This is accomplished by ensuring that the enemies who wish to do us harm are not allowed to enter our country. The current Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen put it pl... Read more

  • Another First for President Trump
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on June 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    They said it couldn’t be done, that it was a long shot. However, President Trump proved skeptics wrong yet again this week when he took part in a historic first, an in-person meeting between a North Korean head of state and the President of the United States. Since the start of his presidency, President Trump has commanded the attention of Kim Jong Un in various ways. The United States continued to apply political pressure on North Korea with sanctions put in place by the United Nations. Alongsi... Read more

  • Keeping Our Water Infrastructure Open for Business
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on June 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Oklahomans utilize our state’s vast infrastructure systems every day. Aside from driving on paved roads, Oklahomans often cross over an important economic contributor for the state: the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS). Without this vital waterway, MKARNS would need 398,493 trucks or 99,623 railcars to transport the entire system’s 9,962,334 tons of commerce. While not all Americans take part in the day-to-day logistics of our nation’s water infrastructure, our ports, inl... Read more

  • Securing Our Nation’s Borders
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on May 30, 2018 | Preview rr

    The United States is first and foremost a nation of laws and our laws must be followed. I understand and appreciate that the strength of our nation is dependent upon the contributions made by individuals. As Americans, we celebrate that we are a nation of people from unique and diverse backgrounds. However, our immigration laws must be followed and the individuals who break those laws should be held accountable. Last month, the Trump Administration reported more than 37,000 individuals were appr... Read more

  • Our Duty to Honor the Fallen
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on May 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Issues

    The summer kicks off this weekend as we observe Memorial Day, but this day is so much more than just the beginning of backyard barbeques, trips to the lake, and summer vacation for our kids. Memorial Day is when we set aside time to remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have as Americans. It is a day of remembrance and a day to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our country. The first time I came to Washington, I was wi... Read more

  • Building Our Way to a Better Future
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Transportation

    Throughout the country, our road, waterway, and rail infrastructures are in desperate need of repairs and upgrades. I want to highlight one of the greatest infrastructure projects in need in our state: the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS). MKARNS brings in millions of dollars each day to Oklahoma and Arkansas’s economies. However, the entire system is at risk of failing due to crumbling and outdated infrastructure. One vital part of MKARNS operations is the Tulsa Port of ... Read more

  • The End of a Bad Deal with Iran
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on May 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    In 2013, under the misguided direction of then-President Obama, the United States took a seat at the negotiating table in an effort to end Iran’s nuclear missile production. Alongside China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Germany, the United States wanted Iran to halt their nuclear weapons program. In exchange, Iran required that all international sanctions against them be lifted. The negotiations ended in 2015, when the United States entered into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ... Read more

  • The Small Business Boom
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on May 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Tax Reform

    There are more than 29,600,000 small businesses across the United States. To me, that’s 29,600,000 good reasons to ensure small businesses can operate in a business-friendly environment. That starts with getting the federal government out of the way. Fortunately, President Trump understands the impact small businesses have on our economy and is enacting policies and cutting red tape that stagger the growth of our greatest economic force. During Small Business Week, we celebrate small businesses ... Read more

  • Congress’s Balancing Act
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on April 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security, Veterans Issues

    While Congress has an appetite to spend taxpayer dollars in Washington, it lacks the ability to make tough decisions about discretionary spending when it comes to balancing the federal budget. To ensure Congress uses its power of the purse responsibly, we need to pass a balanced budget amendment. Since I came to Washington in 2013, the House has passed three, two-year budgets that each balanced in ten years. But even though Congress passes a balanced budget, they are not required to keep their s... Read more

  • The Oklahoma Standard Lives On
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Issues

    This week, we remember the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing and the loved ones left behind on that horrible day 23 years ago. As we mourn the worst act of homegrown terrorism in our country’s history, we also reflect on a term coined on April 19, 1995: the Oklahoma Standard. It is fitting that April is also National Volunteer Month, where volunteers are commended and Americans are encouraged to lend a helping hand. The Oklahoma Standard we all know is a norm that continues to spread not only... Read more

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