As a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, I am particularly sensitive to the needs of those who have worn the uniform of our nation. Too many Oklahoman veterans are awaiting old claims, denied their right to carry firearms, and are stuck in the Department of Veteran Affair’s endless bureaucracy. I believe that this treatment is insulting and inexcusable. Congress must care for the troops when they are serving, by providing cutting-edge equipment and respectable pay, and then care for their post-military needs upon their return. I will continue to advocate for Oklahoma veterans in Congress and seek out legislation which honors their courageous service.
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Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) introduced H.R. 1582, the Duty First Act, to honor the First Infantry Division of the U.S. Army ahead of its centennial on May 24, 2017. The Duty First Act would give recognition to the Army’s oldest continuously serving division in the form of commemorative coins issued by the Secretary of the Treasury.
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:
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) voted against the Continuing Resolution (CR) today, stating that Congress should get its work done and stop creating hardship for those that defend our nation. The CR passed the House by a vote of 342-85, and will continue to fund the federal government on last year’s spending levels until Dec. 9, 2016. Congressman Russell was among a minority in the House of Representatives that was pushing for Congress to continue to work to pass each of the required 12 appropriation bills, and the National Defense Authorization.
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has released Waste Watch No. 5. Waste Watch is Congressman Russell’s ongoing investigation and periodic publication that highlights agencies, programs, and cost overruns that are a drain on the American taxpayer.
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) offered the following statement to reflect upon the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001:
Del City, OK - Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) is inviting veterans to come to his Del City office between 9 am and 5 pm on Thursday August 11 and Friday August 12 to share their stories for The Veterans History Project. The Veterans History Project was started in 2000 by the United States Congress to save firsthand accounts of America’s wartime veterans. Along with the Library of Congress, Congressman Russell is seeking to preserve these stories and legacies for generations to come.
Washington, DC – Thursday morning, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) met again with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Robert A. McDonald, to discuss the VA’s progress in increasing access to health care for veterans, as well as other notable highlights in the past year.
Washington, DC - Early Thursday morning, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) completed its mark-up of H.R. 4909 - the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) offered 11 amendments to the legislation, which were all adopted. These amendments ranged from preventing further cuts to our military, to providing retired service members a more equitable distribution of retirement benefits upon dissolution of marriage, to making sure religious service providers and contractors are not unfairly discriminated against.