Monday, December 1, 2014

Mullin Appointed to Energy, Commerce Committee

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) has been selected to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee during the 114th Congress. The Energy and Commerce Committee is the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. The committee has jurisdiction over issues important to Oklahoma and the Second Congressional District. The committee deals with issues such as health care, energy, telecommunications, and commerce. It oversees numerous federal entities, such as the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Communications Commission.

"It's an honor to be selected to serve on such an influential committee, especially during this critical time in our country's history," said Mullin. "I'm looking forward to providing an Oklahoma business owner perspective as the committee works to address issues like regulatory reform and continuing health care problems. Additionally, I will be able to make sure that the challenges we face with rural health care is part of the discussion.

"With Oklahoma's top two employers being the energy and health sectors, our state has a vested interest in any actions affecting those businesses. So when burdensome regulations come down from Washington, we truly feel the impact. As a business owner, I have had to comply with these regulations and I know how they can impede business growth. I'm excited to bring that perspective to the committee as we fight to reform our regulatory system."

Oklahoma is home to four energy companies on the Fortune 500 list. The state's largest employer is the energy sector, with one in five jobs supported by oil and gas. Second to the energy industry in employment of Oklahomans is the health care industry.

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