PRYOR, OK —
WASHINGTON – Rep. Markwayne Mullin made the following statement after the House approved an omnibus spending package, H.R. 3547, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014.
“In reviewing the omnibus spending bill, I took the same approach I do in business negotiations. When negotiating, you have to know what you want and what you will accept. While merits did exist in the bill, I could not support the measure due to various issues that were of concern to me and fell below what I could accept. Those issues included the creation of new government programs, an increase in spending, and mandates on business.
“Additionally under the bill, there is a decrease for military retirees’ Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). Our veterans sacrificed much for the country they love, so I could not support this bill knowing we were retracting our commitment already negotiated with them.
“Another specific issue that contributed to my “no” vote was the loss of jobs that will result from the lack of funding for federal inspectors in the horse processing industry. Without federal inspectors this industry cannot exist.
“America is a country of entrepreneurs. I ran for Congress because my biggest threat was no longer my competitor, but the federal government. This attack on the horse processing industry is an attack on the entrepreneurial spirit and a prime example of the federal government effectively putting an entire industry out of business.
“In our current economy, we have to be focused on creating jobs and not picking winners and losers. We have to look for ways to eliminate waste and remain good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Unfortunately, this omnibus spending bill did not achieve that goal.”