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  • Mullin It Over: Time to Seal the Deal
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on June 19, 2019 | Preview rr

    The United States is in the best neighborhood on the planet and our neighbors are our best customers. Canada is the number one market for exports and Mexico is number two, both nationally and in Oklahoma. Oklahoma exports $1.4 billion worth of goods and services to Canada and $527 million to Mexico, accounting for nearly 40 percent of Oklahoma’s total exports. Over 100,000 Oklahoma jobs rely on our trade with these two countries. These statistics make it clear that trade with our North American ... Read more

  • Mullin It Over: Resources for Flooding Victims
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on June 12, 2019 | Preview rr

    The beginning of summer is usually an enjoyable time for many families, but the flooding across Oklahoma has turned it into a devastating time. Homes and buildings have been destroyed, roadways have been washed out, and many rivers and lakes have risen to record-breaking levels. Many people have lost everything- their homes, their property and tragically, some have even lost their lives. I visited some of the hardest hit areas in the Second District last week and Vice President Mike Pence and Se... Read more

  • Mullin It Over: Breaking the Wrong Records
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on June 5, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    When we hear that something is record-breaking, we usually think of something great happening, like a high school team breaking the school’s win record or catching the biggest fish at the lake. But some records are not intended to be broken and that is exactly what is happening with the crisis at our southern border. More people have been apprehended in the past seven months than during any full year in the last decade. In May, the largest group ever was taken in at the border, with 1,036 people... Read more

  • Building Infrastructure for the 21st Century
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on May 29, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    While many people across the country celebrated the unofficial start of summer last week, Oklahoma braced for severe weather and faced catastrophic flooding. As I traveled around Northeastern Oklahoma to help communities and meet with emergency management teams, I saw areas devastated. Roads we are used to traveling on a daily basis are not accessible and some have even washed away completely. Families had to evacuate their towns and some even lost their cars, homes, and businesses to the flood.... Read more

  • Honoring the Fallen and Supporting Our Veterans
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on May 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Issues

    For families across the country, Memorial Day Weekend means barbeques, an extra day off work, and the beginning of summer vacation for our kids. But even with many fun activities happening, we should never forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is when we set aside time to remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives to defend our country. It is a day of remembrance and a day to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice because without that sacrifice, we would not enjoy... Read more

  • Mullin It Over: Rich in Renewables
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on May 15, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    It’s no secret that Oklahoma and Texas have a rich history in oil and gas. In the early 1900s, people from all over the country rushed to the two states to drill and communities were built around the oilfields. To this day, thousands of families depend on the oil and gas industry for their livelihoods and the states rely on the economic opportunity it brings. But what you might not know is that Oklahoma and Texas are also rich in renewables. Yes, that’s right, two of the top oil and gas producin... Read more

  • Mullin It Over: Thank You, Law Enforcement Officers
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on May 8, 2019 | Preview rr

    The men and women of our law enforcement put their lives on the line each day to protect our families and our communities. They sacrifice holidays, weekends, and other precious time with family and friends to serve the public. There may be times when we are frustrated with law enforcement officers, like when we drive too fast or park in the wrong spot. But at the end of the day, they are doing their jobs of upholding our laws and keeping the peace. So even in our occasional frustration, let us n... Read more

  • Mullin It Over: Protecting Native Women and Girls
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on May 1, 2019 | Preview rr

    Sunday, May 5, is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women. We are experiencing an epidemic of violence in our tribal communities: 80 percent of Native men and women experience violence, 34 percent of Native women experience sexual violence in their lifetimes, and murder is the third-leading cause of death for American Indian and Alaska Native women. Native women and girls are also disproportionately likely to become victims of sex trafficking. And we don’t even have a... Read more

  • Mullin It Over: Securing Our Borders and Our Future
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on April 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Before President Trump took office, the U.S.’s southern border was only covered by man-made barriers along roughly a third of the border. These 654 miles of physical barriers are primarily located in California, Arizona, and New Mexico – leaving the vast majority of the Texas border wide open. Of the 654 miles of barriers, 300 miles are what is called vehicle fencing, low to the ground and meant for stopping cars, but completely ineffective when it comes to stopping people. The remaining 354 mi... Read more

  • Mullin It Over: The Oklahoma Standard
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on April 17, 2019 | Preview rr

    This Easter, I find myself thinking more about the importance of serving one another. My wife and I have always taught our kids to follow the Golden Rule of the Bible: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” As a Christian, I believe that it is our duty to take care of our friends, our neighbors, and those we do not know. During this Easter week, we also remember the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing and the loved ones left behind on that horrible day 24 years ago. As we mourn th... Read more

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