By Congressman MARKWAYNE MULLIN
In business and in life, it is good to reflect on the past and plan for the future. And because Oklahomans like you spoke up in 105 constituent meetings and shared your views through roughly 11,500 letters or emails, the first quarter of the 114th Congress involved many conservative wins for our families.
Having conservative majorities in both chambers of Congress presents a unique opportunity to advance our principles of individual liberty and personal responsibility. Already this year, I have voted for good government bills that promote fairness and give Oklahomans more opportunities, like more energy jobs and better health care.
Sending the Keystone XL pipeline to the president’s desk was the right thing to do. This project would lead to a reduced dependency on foreign oil. And since completing the pipeline would mean shovel-ready jobs, I was disappointed when the president rejected our bill to help hardworking Oklahomans.
I have also voted to end Obamacare. It is time for Washington to let Oklahomans take charge of their health care. This is exactly why a trio of congressional Republicans have offered a blueprint of patient-focused reforms to contrast the president’s government-centered law.
And one of our best victories of the year was passing a conservative budget that balances in less than ten years and calls for a simpler, fairer tax system – all without raising taxes. Our families have to balance our budgets to know how much we can spend on groceries or give back to our churches. But the president clearly does not get this, offering a budget that never balances and raises $1 trillion in new taxes.
We also heard from one of America’s greatest allies, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a joint address to Congress. The threat from Iran to Israel and the world is real. We must continue to stand strong with our longtime friend and ally, Israel.
So we have had a great start. But this is just the beginning.
As a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, I will continue to build on our record of bipartisan success. To date, my three subcommittees and the full committee have held a combined 16 hearings or legislative markups. Issues important to Oklahoma’s families – like energy abundance and health care innovation – will remain our focus.
Conservatives have a responsibility to govern. Our historic majority has a duty to lead. This is the message I have heard time and again at the 11 town halls across Oklahoma’s Second Congressional District over the last three months.
Over the next three months, we will continue to govern and lead by voting on bills that unleash America’s potential, secure our borders, and empower students.
When I took the Oath of Office January 6, 2015, I pledged to hold the president accountable, fight for Oklahoma’s conservative values, and make the White House choose. I have done this. And with your input through meetings, calls, and letters, we will continue to work to reverse the failed policies of the Obama administration.