Congressman Markwayne Mullin Statement on House Committee on Ethics Decision
WASHINGTON - Congressman Markwayne Mullin made the following statement after the U.S. House Committee on Ethics decided to extend its review of the Congressman and his business.
"This review - based on an anonymous complaint - is referring to whether we want citizen legislators or just professional politicians making laws that impact our jobs, our families and our communities.
"The politicians said Dr. Tom Coburn couldn't deliver babies when he got elected to the U.S. Senate. Now they are trying to say that I shouldn't be involved in the family plumbing business that my wife and I have spent the last 17 years building. Apparently it's acceptable for Members of Congress to own stock in companies we regulate in Congress, but somehow our plumbing company crosses some line. This is more of the kind of thing that leaves people scratching their heads and saying 'only in the government.'
"After first getting elected we set up a meeting with the House Ethics Committee to determine what we needed to do to comply with all House ethics rules regarding our businesses. We have followed those recommendations to the letter, even at significant expense to our company.
"Many of the problems facing our nation today require the kind of commonsense, practical business approach that citizen legislators can provide. The politicians believe Congress is a place for other professional politicians and now the bureaucrats are trying to say I shouldn't be allowed to work in the company I have spent the last 17 years of my life building.
"I will continue to fight for the right to stay involved in my business. The stakes in this fight are not just my rights as a business owner. We are talking about the very nature of our government. Will we continue to allow real citizen legislators to serve in Congress as our Founding Fathers envisioned? Or do the bureaucrats have the power to say that only career politicians are allowed?"