Markwayne Mullin

U.S. Sen. James Lankford  says the budget proposal President Obama unveiled Monday doesn't address the drivers of the country's debt or encourage private sector growth.

Lankford said in a statement Monday the executive budget doesn't respect discretionary sequestration caps, and called the 7 percent increase in federal spending "reckless."

"That would be the equivalent to someone who's having a tough time making their credit car payments, but when they get a job, or when they get a raise, they say, 'Great. I got a raise. I'm going to buy a brand-new TV for the Super Bowl tonight, and put even more on my credit card,' instead of paying down debt," Lankford told Fox News' Shannon Bream during a wide-ranging interview that also focused on the U.S. response to self-proclaimed Islamic State militants. "If the economy’s doing better, terrific. Let’s start paying down debt. Let’s get us back into balance, not just accelerate and keep spending more.”

President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress.
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Most of Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation and executive leadership criticized President Obama’s annual State of the Union address Tuesday night – some even before the speech took place.

Gov. Mary Fallin says Obama can achieve his goal of improving the economic conditions of the middle class by relying on the energy sector to grow the economy and raise per-capita income.

Congressman Markwayne Mullin
U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma has been named to three House Energy and Commerce subcommittees.

Mullin will serve on subcommittees for Energy and Power; Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade; and on Oversight and Investigations.

The Energy and Power Subcommittee deals with laws, programs, and government activities affecting energy.

The Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee focuses on regulation of commerce plus consumer affairs and consumer protection.

Congressman Markwayne Mullin
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Oklahoma Democratic Party leaders say they will not file a lawsuit over Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin's victory over the Democratic nominee who died two days before the general election. 

Party Chairman Wallace Collins said party officers met Monday and a majority voted not to challenge Mullin's victory.

Collins maintains state law calls for a special election to be held in the event of a candidate's death before the election, but he acknowledged the cost of a lawsuit was a factor in the officers' decision.

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Oklahoma Democratic Party leaders say they're still undecided over whether to mount a legal challenge over Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin's victory in this month's general election over the 81-year-old Democratic nominee who died two days before the general election.

Party Chairman Wallace Collins says no decision was made after a teleconference Thursday with party leaders about whether to proceed with a lawsuit. Collins says he plans to meet again with their attorney.

State Election Board Certifies Congressional District 2 Results

Nov 12, 2014
Congressman Markwayne Mullin
U.S. House of Representatives

The State Election Board voted unanimously Wednesday to certify the results of the Congressional District 2 race, and all but one other general election contest, despite the fact the Democratic candidate in the contest died just days before the election. 

Congressman Markwayne Mullin captured 70.0 percent of the ballots cast in the Nov. 4 general election. Democratic candidate Earl Everett, who passed away Nov. 2, received 24.6 percent of the ballots. 

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The decision on whether to hold a special election in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District is expected to be made during a meeting of the state Election Board.

The three-member board is scheduled to meet Wednesday in a closed-door session with its attorney to discuss whether to hold a special election because the Democratic nominee died two days before Election Day.

First-term Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin coasted to victory in last week's election with 70 percent of the vote over Democratic nominee Earl Everett and independent John Douthitt.

U.S. Representative Bill Shuster
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Congressman Markwayne Mullin is scheduled to host U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster in Oklahoma next week.

Shuster and Mullin's Tuesday meeting will involve a tour of port infrastructure located in the congressional district and meetings with regional transportation leaders. Shuster, from central Pennsylvania, has been in Congress since 2001.

Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation.
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U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine was the only member of Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation to vote against President Obama's request to train and arm rebels fighting Islamic State militants in Syria.

Bridenstine says that if the Islamic State is deemed a threat, the United States should "eliminate it," not train and arm rebels.

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Congressman Markwayne Mullin says he is pleased that the U.S. House has passed a bill intended to expand energy production in the United States.

The House on Thursday passed a bill that its sponsors say is aimed at reducing gasoline prices nationwide. Mullin is a co-sponsor. He says the bill is important for oil- and gas-rich states like Oklahoma.

The vote Thursday was 229-185.

A provision of the bill would also restructure the leasing process for federal lands.

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