Mullin votes to stop pay increases

Friday the House of Representatives passed H.R. 273, a bill to eliminate the 2013 statutory pay increase for Congress, the Executive Branch and other federal employees. The bill passed with a vote of 261 – 154.

H.R. 273 is a direct response to an Executive Order issued by President Obama on December 27th, 2012 that provided automatic across-the-board pay raises for federal civilian employees. The order would  raise the salaries of the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other federal employees by 0.5%.

“The President’s action from late last year is an example of how out of touch he is with reality and how he has lost sight of the big picture,” Mullin said. “With $16 trillion of debt we need to be looking for ways to cut government spending, not increase it.”

H.R. 273 was sponsored by Congressman Ron DeSantis (FL-06) and was cosponsored by Congressman Markwayne Mullin and other legislators. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) preliminary report estimated that the bill’s effect would decrease spending by $11.9 billion over ten years.

“The federal government spends $1 trillion more than it takes in each year, the President has failed to submit his budget on time for the fourth time in the last five years and we recently learned that the economy shrank for the first time in more than three years.” Mullin added. “It is frustrating for Oklahomans who have to make sacrifices and live within a budget to watch their federal government spend money as if it is an unlimited resource.”

Congressman Markwayne Mullin Town Halls February 18th – 20th 2013

This tour comes just weeks after a Town Hall tour that brought Congressman Mullin to 16 Counties in four days at the end of January.  “I want to be accessible and constantly seeking input from the Oklahomans I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to represent. I want to encourage active participation in these town hall meetings,” said Mullin. “I represent the people in the People’s House. That means it’s also the people’s responsibility to stay in contact and stay engaged.”

All events are free and open to the public.

Monday February 18th 2013

1st United Bank
102 East Main
Holdenville, OK

10:30 – 11:30 AM
Brandin’ Iron Café
8 S Main St.
Coalgate, OK

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Murray State College Ballroom
1 Murray Campus Dr.
Tishomingo, OK

3:00 – 4:00 PM
Madill Public Library
500 Overton st,
Madill, OK

Tuesday February 19th 2013


Kiamichi Technology Center
1410 Old Military Road
Stigler, OK

Eastern Oklahoma State College- Student Union Ball Room
1301 W. Main
Wilburton, Ok

Dutch Treat
2201 N. Broadway
Poteau, OK

Broken Bow
3:00 – 4:00
Pappa Poblano’s Mexican Cafe
1912 Park Dr.
Broken Bow, OK

5:00 – 6:00
Kiamichi Tech Center
3205 NE Lincoln Rd.
Idabel, OK 74745

Wednesday 20th 2013

Historic Center
407 W. Broadway
Okemah, OK

Community Center
7th and Kern
Okmulgee, OK