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 – 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.
Del City, OK – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has released the next installment of his ongoing Waste Watch series. The Christmas Edition for 2016 highlights 10 items of government waste, totaling almost $140 billion dollars in taxpayer funds.
Del City, OK – Congressman Steve Russell’s (OK-5) bill, H.R. 5785 – a measure that eliminated the annuity cap for retired Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) who work as ATC instructors, was signed into law by President Barack Obama. U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla) championed this bill through the Senate and Congressman Tom Cole (OK-4) co-sponsored the bill in the House. This annuity income cap disincentivized retired air traffic controllers from working full-time as instructors and thus created the need for several part-time instructors to fill the void.
Washington DC, - Congressman Steve Russell’s (OK-5) H.R. 5384 The Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2016, passed the House without objection Wednesday. Congressman Russell, author of Waste Watch, wrote this legislation to save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year by prohibiting the mandatory printing and distribution of the Federal Register. The Federal Register is available online and is searchable in this format.
Washington, DC – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla) and Congressmen Steve Russell (R-Okla.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.), today praised the passage of H.R. 5785, a bill which would ensure the continued safety of our nation’s airways by eliminating an unintended barrier to the hiring and retention of full-time Air Traffic Controller (ATC) Instructors. The bill removes a financial penalty for instructors willing to work full time in training our next generation of air traffic controllers.