Markwayne Mullin

EPA Continues to Get a GOP Beating in Interior-Environment Bill
Calls for massive reductions rebuffed, but criticism continues

Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., has had some harsh words for the EPA amid the debate over appropriations for the agency. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Although Republicans appeared to have rejected the White House’s call for sharp cuts to the EPA, their disdain for the agency has reappeared as the House debated amendments to the often contentious Interior-Environment spending bill on the House floor last week.

The 80 amendments House lawmakers sifted through consisted of Democrats’ attempts to remove what they described as harmful environmental riders from the measure, and Republicans’ measures to further reduce spending on environmental programs and give the Trump administration more authority to advance its deregulatory agenda. The Democratic amendments were mostly thwarted by the GOP majority.

Man Charged With Breaking Into Congressman’s Office, Stealing Items From Desk
Markwayne Mullin’s Longworth office subject of allegations

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., leaves the House GOP caucus meeting at the Capitol Hill Club on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Edgardo Javier Ramon has been charged with breaking into Rep. Markwayne Mullin’s Longworth office and stealing items from his desk.

The items stolen were decorative coins known as “challenge coins” that were given to Mullin and a “decorative container”. Ramon’s lawyers have not responded to the charges of unlawful entry and theft, though Ramon pleaded not guilty to the theft charges.

Mullin Not Getting Much Heat Over Breaking Three-Term Pledge
Callers to telephone town hall mention plenty of things, but promise isn't one of them

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., recently announced that he would seek a fourth term in the House despite an earlier pledge that he would serve only three. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Markwayne Mullin might have expected some negative attention on his decision to seek re-election in spite of a 2011 promise to serve only three terms. But in a telephone town hall, he found his constituents had other concerns, like the Veterans Administration, insufficient support for Russia, and privatization of air traffic controllers. 

Earlier in July, the Oklahoma Republican released a video explaining his decision to run for a fourth term, saying he understands people will be upset that he went back on his promise. 

Word on the Hill: ADA Anniversary
Little Lobbyists and staffer shuffle

Rhode Island Rep. Jim Langevin speaks during a news conference as part of a series of events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2010. (Tom Williams/Roll Call via Getty Images file photo)

Today marks the 27th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Office of Compliance is commemorating the occasion with online training for Capitol Hill staffers.

Training videos entitled “Preventing Disability Discrimination in the Congressional Workplace” are available on the agency’s website, featuring introductions from Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., for Senate staffers, and from Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., for House staffers.

Photos of the Week: A Health Care Bill Stalemate Hits D.C. Amid Heat Wave
The week of July 17 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

On Monday, U.S. Capitol Police officers prepare to arrest several demonstrators protesting the GOP health care legislation in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. Dozens of protesters chanted during the demonstration before police cleared the atrium. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

By BILL CLARK and TOM WILLIAMS

The week of July 17 began with health care negotiations in the Senate, amid protests in the hallways of the Senate office buildings, and is coming to an end with an essentially stalled process on a new health care bill in the chamber. The Republican effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature law continued to be the focus of Congress watchers on the Hill this week.

Energy Pipeline Permitting Bills Passed by House

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., authored a bill that would transfer pipeline permit authority from states to the federal government. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As Republicans rush to join the Trump administration’s efforts to boost oil and gas production, the House pushed two measures on Wednesday aimed at easing the permitting process for pipelines that cross state and international lines.

Lawmakers voted, 254-175, to pass a bill by Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., which would transfer authority to issue permits for pipelines and power transmission lines that cross international borders from the State Department to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Mullin and other Republicans argued the measure is necessary to keep politics out of the pipeline permitting process.

Mullin Seeks Re-Election After Promising Only Three Terms
Explains in video that he thinks he can have a bigger impact with Donald Trump in the White House

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., leaves a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol last year after then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence spoke to the group. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Lawmakers Want Trump’s Tax Returns, but Won’t Release Their Own
Only a handful willing to release documents to Roll Call

New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján has called on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Ben Ray Luján — like many in Congress — wants President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

Transparency, the New Mexico Democrat said recently in a Facebook post, “is a cornerstone of democracy.”

Rep. Moulton Proposes on Speaker’s Balcony
Liz Boardman said yes

Liz Boardman, left, and Rep. Seth Moulton are getting married. (Photo courtesy of Moulton's twitter)

Rep. Seth Moulton asked Liz Boardman to marry him on Friday.

The Massachusetts Democrat brought Boardman up to the iconic Speaker’s balcony to pop the question. The couple has been together for over two years.

Mullin Plays Fitness Instructor for No-Politics, Bipartisan Workout
Men's Health Month hourlong workout kicked off Friday on Capitol Hill

Members prepare before the Friday morning workout, lead by Rep. Markwayne Mullin, pointing at right. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

Because bipartisan athletic competitions are the theme of this summer, the annual Men’s Health Month congressional workout attracted a very diverse crowd of fit members.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin played fitness instructor and led the workout on Friday morning, which was attended by more than 60 people at the park behind the Longworth House Office building.