Archive for the ‘Mary Fallin’ Category

Six Oklahoma Legislators Receive "Spirit of Enterprise Award"

April 14, 2008

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) last week received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise Award” for his support of pro-growth legislation during the 110th Congress. Accepting the award, Inhofe said:

I am honored to receive the ‘Spirit of Enterprise Award’ from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This organization provides an invaluable service to businesses nationwide. I will continue to fight for legislation that helps grow our nation’s economy, keeping America’s businesses the most competitive in the world.

Dan Boren, the only Democrat in the entire House of Representatives to receive the award, said:

I am honored to receive this award. The small business community, energy industry, and other manufacturers are an integral part of Oklahoma’s economy. I am committed to doing everything I can in Congress to help them grow our economy and create additional jobs in Oklahoma.

Tom Donohue, Chamber president and CEO, stated:

Senator Inhofe has proven to be an effective ally to the business community, supporting legislation that helps grow the economy and creates new jobs for hardworking Americans. The Chamber is grateful for Jim’s commitment to these important issues and is proud to present him with this award.


Representative Boren has proven to be an effective ally to the business community, supporting legislation that helps grow the economy and creates new jobs for hardworking Americans. The Chamber is grateful for Dan’s commitment to these important issues and is proud to present him with this award.

The Oklahomans who were honored were:

  • Sen. James Inhofe
  • Rep. John A. Sullivan (OK-1)
  • Rep. Dan Boren (OK-2)
  • Rep. Frank D. Lucas (OK-3)
  • Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4)
  • Rep. Mary Fallin (OK-5)

The U.S. Chamber is the world’s largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses of every size, sector, and region. A complete list of the 2007 Spirit of Enterprise recipients is here.

Mary Fallin Supporting Federal Legislation to Help Women in the Military

March 10, 2008

U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin (R-OK) chairs the military women’s task force, and according to a report in the Army Times and the Military Timis, supports legislation to:

…make sure sex-related crimes against women are prosecuted aggressively, and that programs are in place to help women suffering from sexual harassment and trauma, and from combat-related stress…[and help with] child care for parents who serve in the military.

According to the report, Fallin, who has some experience in dealing with military issues as Oklahoma’s lieutenant governor says,

Some single mothers in uniform have told her they are reluctant to report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder out of fear that their mental health problems could be used against them in a custody dispute. Others have said it would be helpful if installations maintained lists of people available to provide emergency child care.

Fallin Votes to Regulate Internet; OKPNS Potential Domestic Terrorist?

January 17, 2008


(3) The Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens.

From Irons in the Fire:

Just bloody wonderful. Especially since I found out my Rep. Mary Fallin voted for it. I had to find that out at GovTrack(which I now have bookmarked). I also found this:

Oct 23, 2007: This bill passed in the House of Representatives by roll call vote. The vote was held under a suspension of the rules to cut debate short and pass the bill, needing a two-thirds majority. The totals were 404 Ayes, 6 Nays, 22 Present/Not Voting.

When the congresscritters ‘suspend rules’ to cut debate like this, it’s usually not a good thing for us. And yes, I’m telling her what I think of it. Read more…


Rep. Fallin “never ever wants to fight the war on terror in America.”

Mary Fallin Introduces Legislation To Exempt Overtime Pay From Income Taxes

December 28, 2007

Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, introduced legislation yesterday that would exclude overtime pay from gross income, making it exempt from the federal income tax. The bill immediately attracted several cosponsors and has been endorsed by Americans for Tax Reform.

After the bill’s introduction, Fallin released the following statement:

“This bill would help to ensure that those who work the hardest get taxed the least. Exempting overtime pay from the federal income tax will reward hard work and help families save money. At a time when Americans are struggling to cope with rising gasoline prices and spiraling healthcare costs, the need to reduce their tax burden is obvious.

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It’s Time to Evaluate Rep. Fallin’s Record

December 24, 2007

By Mickey Hepner

(The Edmond Sun)

EDMOND — The U.S. Congress wrapped up its 2007 business this week when members headed home for the holidays. Since this is the end of the year, and the end of Congress’ business for the year, this is a natural time for us to evaluate the work of our member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin.

Fallin is now midway through her first term in office after having won election in 2006 with just more than 60 percent of the vote. Previously, she had served three terms as Oklahoma’s lieutenant governor and two terms as a state representative. However, being a member of Congress has required Fallin to consider different issues than those she confronted in her previous roles. Now, after her first year representing us in Washington, we voters should begin to consider whether she is representing us well.

So, this week, we discuss Fallin’s record on four of the most important issues facing this country — the Iraq War, immigration reform, the number of uninsured children and the national debt. Read more…

Rep. Fallin Speaks on Hate Crimes Bill

Rep. Fallin Supporting Troop Surge

Rites To Mark Pearl Harbor Attack

December 3, 2007

There will be at least three major ceremonies Friday commemorating the 66th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the traditional National Park Service and Navy joint memorial service, which will begin at 7:40 a.m. at Pearl Harbor Naval Station’s Kilo Pier.

At noon the USS Oklahoma Memorial at Pearl Harbor Committee and the Park Service will dedicate a new memorial on Ford Island honoring the 429 sailors and Marines who died while serving on the battleship Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941.

Speakers at the Oklahoma memorial dedication will include Inouye; Adm. Timothy Keating, head of the Pacific Command; Gov. Linda Lingle; Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry; U.S. Reps. Neil Abercrombie, Mary Fallin and Tom Cole; and Assistant Secretary of the Interior Lyle Laverty.

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U.S. Rep. Fallin To Speak To First Responders At Seminar

November 30, 2007

EDMOND, Okla. – Hundreds of Fire, Law Enforcement and Emergency Managers from a three state area are expected to attend the Minnesota Bridge Collapse Seminar, hosted by the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT), to be held November 30 at the Nigh University Center on the University of Central Oklahoma campus from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Oklahoma City), who sits on the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, will open the seminar with remarks to the first responders on infrastructure and preparing for emergencies as part of the day long event.

The seminar is the first of its kind since the eight-lane bridge for I-35W collapsed into the Mississippi River on August 1, 2007.


Rep. Fallin Commemorates Oklahoma’s Centennial

November 16, 2007

New SCHIP Proposal Falls Short of Original Goal

October 25, 2007

By Rep. Mary Fallin

I support SCHIP as it was originally intended, as a government funded healthcare program for low income children. I don’t know of anyone that doesn’t agree with the basic premise that poor children should have access to quality medical care.

In a letter that I and other freshmen members sent to Speaker Pelosi, we made it clear that we are interested in pursuing a bipartisan SCHIP compromise. Republicans and Democrats agree that poor children need government funded health insurance.

The conflict now is whether or not the federal government should expand the program to cover middle class children, millions of adults, and even some illegal aliens, when so many poor children continue to go without healthcare. Read More…

Members Dare To Ride The Metro, But Not Often

October 23, 2007

By Jenny Gross

The Hill

Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.) had finished brunch at Georgetown’s hip Italian restaurant Filomena when she realized she was nowhere near the Metro. Still clad in the chic Sunday church dress that she had worn to a service at the National Cathedral earlier, she hopped on a passing Metrobus and rode to the closest stop on the blue line, which took her home to Crystal City.

People rightly assume that lawmakers, often seen sliding into cabs and sometimes limos after votes, tend to use upscale methods of transportation. But they sometimes use less expensive modes, such as the Metro, to get around D.C. Eighty-four percent of members of Congress who responded to a survey conducted by The Hill said they had ridden the Metro before; 63 percent said they had used it within the past year.

Of the 107 House members who responded, 88 said they had ridden the Metro. Of the 14 senators who responded, all said they had used the Metro, although four had not ridden it in the past year.

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