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  • The Migrant Caravan Isn’t Above Our Laws
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on November 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    The migrant caravan at our country’s southern border has taken a violent turn. The caravan of 8,500 individuals moving through Mexico have made several attempts to infiltrate our borders and attack law enforcement officers who are protecting law-abiding citizens. Many migrants are claiming asylum from the violence of their home countries. But some migrants are throwing rocks and bottles at law enforcement officers, rushing the border, and cutting border fences. This behavior is simply unacceptab... Read more

  • Conversation Starters for Your Thanksgiving Dinner
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on November 20, 2018 | Preview rr

    This week, families will come together from near and far to eat turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and plenty of pie. While we are surrounded by loved ones at the Thanksgiving dinner table, there are countless nonpartisan causes—aside from the taboo dinner table topic of politics—worthy of our time and thought. November is National Adoption Month. There are 585 children in Oklahoma in need of a permanent home this holiday season and another 8,314 children who are currently in the care of the Okl... Read more

  • The Gift of Family
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on November 14, 2018 | Preview rr

    Hands down, Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year. The November holiday allows us to be with our family without the stress of gift-giving or weeks of preparation trimming the tree and decking the halls. Family is one of the greatest gifts we are given in life and Thanksgiving allows us an opportunity to say thank you for the gift of family. National Adoption Month, celebrated each November, is the perfect reminder that every child needs a safe and loving family and every child deserves a perm... Read more

  • Finding a Cure to End Alzheimer’s
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on October 31, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Health Issues

    Alzheimer's Disease runs through both sides of my family with my great-grandparents, my grandparents, and my uncles all facing Alzheimer’s during their lives. When you have a loved one suffering from dementia, it can feel like they are slipping away one day at a time. Each year, I meet with advocates from the Oklahoma Alzheimer’s Association to discuss what we can do to put an end to this life altering illness. I met with them earlier this month to discuss what Congress can do to help. Everyone ... Read more

  • Interested in Attending a U.S. Service Academy?
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on October 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    One of the greatest honors I have as a member of Congress is nominating individuals to our country’s well respected service academies. Attending a U.S. service academy is an invaluable experience that shapes young men and women into strong leaders and military officers. Nominations are available for the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Our country’s service academies prepare young people to serve as commissioned officers in var... Read more

  • What It Means to be Native American
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on October 17, 2018 | Preview rr

    The Boston Globe released Senator Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test results this week. The analysis, done by a Stanford University professor, showed that Warren has somewhere between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American in her DNA. In 2014, American Journal of Human Genetics published a study detailing that “European-Americans had genomes that were on average 98.6% European, 0.19% African, and 0.18% Native American.” Senator Warren’s DNA results show she may have as little as 0.09% Native American blo... Read more

  • Our Work to End the Opioid Crisis Is Not Done
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on October 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues

    When any patient goes to the doctor, they can—and should—expect to receive the gold standard of treatment. However, one 40 year old law in desperate need of modernization is preventing doctors from providing the highest level of care to every patient that walks through their door. A bill I sponsored, H.R. 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, would ensure that doctors have access to all of a patient’s relevant medical information before treating them. Current law, often referred ... Read more

  • Your Social Security Concerns, Answered
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on October 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Spending Cuts and Debt

    In this week’s Mullin It Over, I’d like to take the time to answer a few of the questions that I’ve heard from my constituents recently about Social Security solvency. Protecting Social Security is a priority for all of us and it’s important that your questions are answered. “Can you tell me why you voted for stealing from SS (Social Security)?” Posted on Facebook on October 2, 2018 In April, the House considered H.J. Res 2, proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United... Read more

  • Tax Cuts Made Permanent
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on September 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    When President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law last December, good things started happening. New IRS withholding tables went into place. Businesses saw opportunities to invest in their companies and employees. Americans started keeping more of their own paycheck, rather than handing it over to the federal government. As a result of tax reform, over 6 million workers received bonuses, better benefits, or pay increases. The unemployment rate is below 4 percent for the first time si... Read more

  • A Stronger National Defense
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on September 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Long before President Trump was even sworn into office, he made a commitment to provide the men and women of our armed forces with the tools and resources they need to do their job and do it well. Unlike President Obama and his administration, this president and this Congress are following through on a promise made to servicemen and women across the country. President Trump is restoring meaning to the memorable phrase of former President Ronald Reagan: “Peace through strength.” Last week, the Ho... Read more

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