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  • Sequestration: Our Country’s Greatest Enemy
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on February 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    “While nothing can compare to the heartache caused by the loss of our troops during these wars, no enemy in the field has done more to harm the combat readiness of our military than sequestration,” said Secretary of Defense General Mattis as he testified in front of the House Armed Services Committee this week. In a hearing about our national defense strategy, Mattis made the case to Congress that funding our government by Continuing Resolution is the military’s greatest enemy. Congress’ choice ... Read more

  • Why We Stand
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on February 1, 2018 | Preview rr

    During his first State of the Union, President Trump recognized one especially patriotic 12-year old. Preston Sharp was visiting his grandfather’s grave on Veterans Day when he noticed there were a number of veteran graves that weren’t being honored. He started the Flag and Flower Challenge to encourage people in all 50 states to place flags and flowers on veterans’ graves to honor their service. President Trump said with accuracy that “Preston’s reverence for those who have served our nation re... Read more

  • Release the Memo
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on January 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security

    Last spring, the Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate claims of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. The FBI had been investigating these claims, but the Justice Department brought in special counsel Mueller to conduct an independent investigation. Meanwhile, the House Intelligence Committee continued its own investigations into the matter. Recently, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes fro... Read more

  • Every Human Deserves the Right to Life
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr

    The United States was built on the right to life. Our founding fathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights: the Right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. Every person, born or unborn, is entitled to these God-given rights. Our government was created to secure these rights—not take them away. It is our job to ensure equal protection of these rights for all persons, without ex... Read more

  • Rural America Could Say Goodbye to Dial-Up Internet
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on January 11, 2018 | Preview rr

    In today’s modern era, technology improves fast, sometimes almost daily. Whether it be our phones, the internet, or our method of transportation, we live in an incredibly technologically advanced world. However, rural America—by no fault of its own—has struggled to stay up-to-date in our quickly evolving world. One technological advancement, broadband internet, started to spread across the country in the early 2000s. Instead of traditional dial-up connection, Americans could take advantage of co... Read more

  • Putting America First
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Recently, President Trump announced he would stop foreign aid to Pakistan. I fully support his initiative because it is as simple as this: countries that do not share our goal of ending global terrorism should never receive funding from the United States government. As a country that has encouraged and cultivated terrorism within its own borders, Pakistan has no place receiving billions of dollars in U.S. aid as we continue to fight the War on Terror in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Simil... Read more

  • Tax Reform: A Christmas Gift to Oklahomans
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on December 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    This week, the House and Senate delivered a gift to the American people—just in time for Christmas. Congress passed a historic overhaul of our nation’s tax code by way of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This Christmas, Oklahomans should be excited that four out of every five taxpayers are going to get a tax cut come the new year, according to the Tax Policy Center. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act roughly doubles the standard deduction and allows individuals to deduct the first $12,000 of their salary from ... Read more

  • The Truth About Congress’ So-Called Settlement ‘Slush Fund’
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on December 14, 2017 | Preview rr

    If you’ve been watching cable news in the past few weeks, it’s likely you have heard about what networks are calling Congress’ settlement ‘slush fund.’ Misleading reports are spreading false information that a taxpayer funded $17.1 million has been paid out to settle cases of sexual harassment against members of Congress and congressional staffers. This is untrue. While some of this was used to settle alleged discrimination, only a very small amount was used to settle cases of sexual harassment.... Read more

  • The Spirit of Giving
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on December 7, 2017 | Preview rr

    As Christians, we are called give back to the less fortunate. The Bible teaches in Matthew 25 to lend a hand to our neighbors as we would Christ: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Jesus explains: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” During the Christmas season, there is a certain sense of Christmas spirit that can’t be replicated a... Read more

  • The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, Explained
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on December 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Millions of Oklahomans work hard day in and day out to bring home a paycheck that fits the needs of their family. I believe they deserve better than a 70,000 page tax code full of loopholes and Washington special interests. That’s why I voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act earlier this month. The House bill simplifies our tax code, reforms the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and delivers bigger paychecks and fairer taxes for all Americans. The new tax plan is fairer and simpler than before. First... Read more

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