Oversight and Government Reform
In the 114th Congress, I serve on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where I help identify prevalent waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government. I also look for creative solutions by reforming specific operations of government. Within this committee, I serve as vice-chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security. This seat, combined with my unique military background, allows me to oversee programs, expenditures, and general efficiency of the Department of Defense.
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More on Oversight and Government Reform
Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2017 (H.R. 194), introduced by Rep. Steve Russell (OK-5) earlier this Congress, passed the Senate. It now awaits the President’s signature to become law. This bill corrects an error Congress made in recent years that put federal mail processing guidance under the authority of the National Archives and Records Administration.
Washington, DC – Yesterday, H.R. 2196, which Rep. Steve Russell (OK-5) introduced this Congress, passed the House by a voice vote. This bill amends the Whistleblower Protection Act to extend protections to disclosures of classified information to any supervisor in an employee's chain of command. Under current law, only disclosures to a direct supervisor are protected.
Washington, DC – Today, the House Republican Steering Committee recommended that Congressman Trey Gowdy (SC-4) be named chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to succeed Chairman Jason Chaffetz (UT-3).
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) voted in favor of H.R. 7, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which passed the House by a vote of 238-183. H.R. 7 would make the Hyde Amendment permanent law. The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer dollars from funding abortions, and has been routinely passed each year by both Republican and Democrat controlled Congresses since 1976.
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a retired Lt. Col who served 21 years in the Army, issued the following statement condemning the latest release of four detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay by an executive order:
Del City, OK – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) spoke with C-SPAN’s Bill Scanlan to talk about the importance of checks and balances, bipartisanship in Congress, and his biggest accomplishments in his first term in office.
On Checks and Balances in Government:
(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Steve Russell (R- Okla.) released the sixth installment of his ongoing Waste Watch series on Monday, showing 10 instances of government waste totaling around $139 billion in taxpayer money.