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Congressman Steve Russell

Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma



The United States has the largest reserves of oil and natural gas of any country in the world.  I believe we should utilize these resources to provide cost-effective energy and move toward North American energy security.  Oil-rich nations often use energy scarcity as a bully tactic, and attempt to politically manipulate the countries they supply.  By removing federal impediments on LNG exporting, hydraulic fracturing, and building the Keystone XL pipeline, North America would offer an alternative to countries relying on Middle Eastern and Russian energy. I will oppose unnecessary, burdensome regulations that drive up the cost of energy and impede foreign markets.

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March 20, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Last Friday, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) introduced H.R. 1623, a bill to repeal the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program (ATVM). The ATVM is a $25 billion loan program, created in 2007 with the Energy Independence and Security Act, to assist car manufacturers in producing more fuel-efficient passenger vehicles. Of the $25 billion appropriated, $16.6 billion is left in the fund, and the last completed loan was issued in March 2011.

February 17, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) issued the following statement congratulating Scott Pruitt on being confirmed as the new Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

December 22, 2016 In The News

( – 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.

September 15, 2016 Press Release

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.

February 5, 2016 In The News

President Obama is opening up about his proposal to add a $10 per barrel oil tax when he presents his budget to congress next week.

"It's right to do it right now when gas prices are low," he said at the White House on Friday. "They'll be low for quite some time to come."

The plan, which would be phased in over a five-year period, would generate $20 billion a year.

December 18, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2016 Omnibus, by a bipartisan vote of 316-113, to fully fund the federal government through the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2016. 


December 8, 2015 In The News

FBI stats show violent crimes down last two years

OKLAHOMA CITY – The terrorist shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., prompted U.S. Rep. Steve Russell to deliver a strong pro-gun message 48 hours before President Barack Obama demanded tougher gun control laws.

During a Friday evening interview, Russell told Red Dirt Report, “Now is not the time to talk about disarming our citizens or the terrorists win.”

October 20, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, continued his tradition of examining questionable spending practices with the third edition of Waste Watch.  Like the previous two publications, the October edition focuses on ten examples of government spending that may have been well-intentioned, but ended up wasting taxpayer funds. 

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October 1, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) offered this statement on the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (270-156):