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  • The Fight Continues
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on September 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Alongside millions of other Americans, I am reminded each year on September 11th of the tragic events that will forever be remembered in our country’s history and the nearly 3,000 innocent lives we lost that day. My thoughts and prayers will always be with those who were affected by these harrowing events. In the days following, we saw the resilience of our country. We lost moms, dads, uncles, aunts, grandmothers, grandfathers, cousins, mentors, neighbors, and friends. We lost seven Oklahomans. ... Read more

  • The Choice to Serve
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security, Education

    Serving in our nation’s military is a commitment to represent the United States in times of both war and peace. It is a worthy and honorable sacrifice, not one to be taken lightly. The men and women who serve in our military are loyal to our flag and protect the freedoms granted to all of us. No matter the branch, rank, or role, all of our men and women in uniform play an important part in maintaining our nation’s security and defending our way of life. My office offers the opportunity for high ... Read more

  • Extending the Oklahoma Standard Across State Lines
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on August 31, 2017 | Preview rr

    In the wake of one of the most destructive storms to ever hit the United States, Oklahoma’s neighbor to the south is facing tragic flooding, property damage, and trying times. Although facing a catastrophe of a different kind, the Oklahoma Standard is the promise we made years ago to take care of each other in times of tragedy. In the face of Hurricane Harvey, Texas needs to see that the Oklahoma Standard transcends state lines. While persistent storms and record breaking rainfall levels continu... Read more

  • When Does Political Correctness Go Too Far?
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on August 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Native American Affairs

    The conversation happening in our nation in light of recent events is more about political correctness than the issue at hand. Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and terrorists are bad people. The ideals of these groups are in opposition to everything our nation stands for and everything that holds true to our founding principles. Their hatred of people dissimilar to them is un-American and it should not be tolerated under any circumstances. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and House Minority Leade... Read more

  • Reining in the Opioid Epidemic
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on August 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues

    It’s no secret that the opioid epidemic is spreading at an alarming rate throughout Oklahoma. Our friends, our family members, and our neighbors – we all know someone affected by the opioid epidemic. Today, more than 2.4 million Americans struggle with addiction to opioids – a fifty percent increase over the last 10 years. With overdose as the leading cause of accidental deaths in our country, it is clear that something must be done to change the direction of this tragic epidemic. Last week, the... Read more

  • Educating the Minds of the Future
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on August 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Across the state, Oklahoma families are preparing to send their kids off for another year filled with homework assignments, tests, and after school activities. As a father of five kids who all attend a small, rural public school in Oklahoma, I understand firsthand the importance of a child’s education. Primary education provides the foundation a child needs to be successful the rest of their life. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to tour several schools in the Second District to see what... Read more

  • The American Dream
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on August 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Tax Reform

    Oklahomans deserve every chance to pursue their dreams, whether the goal is to open a restaurant, run a small business, or innovate something new. The federal government should not stand in the way of these goals. Instead, it should create opportunity and support our dreams. I am working to give Oklahomans these opportunities by cutting red tape, and eliminating obstacles caused by an overpowering tax code and burdensome regulations. Small businesses are the backbone of Oklahoma’s economy. Toget... Read more

  • The Heroes We Know
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on July 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security, Veterans Issues

    Whether we’re aware of it or not, we’re constantly surrounded by heroes. Our heroes serve on the front lines to protect our freedoms, answer the call of duty, arrive on the scene in emergencies, and represent our communities as loyal friends and neighbors. During American Heroes Week, we recognize the heroes we know for the sacrifices they give to make our country a better place. For instance, take Sergeant Matthew Odom from Norman. Stationed as a part of the 1st Batallion, 279th Infantry Regime... Read more

  • Why Made in America Matters
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    The phrase ‘Made in America’ resonates with Americans uniquely and brings a feeling of patriotism unlike any other. Across the country, the label or stamp on a product of ‘Made in America’ is more than just a tagline – it’s a well-known promise of quality, dependable goods made right here at home. In 2012, American manufacturers sold $5.6 trillion in goods and a huge portion of those – almost 80 percent – were made here in the United States. Products made in America undoubtedly benefit our econo... Read more

  • Providing for the Common Defense
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Providing for the common defense is more than just a promise to our nation and military. It is a responsibility Congress has been entrusted with by the U.S. Constitution. Our military represents the nation’s strength around the globe. To continue as the world power and force of good that we are known for, we must do more than simply provide for the common defense: we must provide those who defend our Constitution with the tools they require to succeed. Our last president left our military in dis... Read more

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