Rep. Mullin weighs in on immigration, Oklahoma's historic vote on medical marijuana
WASHINGTON (KTUL) -- Congressman Markwayne Mullin, R-Oklahoma, says he believes the immigration bill failed because Congress was afraid to pass it, despite President Trump's last-minute backing.
Speaking with Tulsa's Channel 8 Wednesday, Mullin says the bill that went before the House wasn't the bill they started with and they didn't have time to properly vet it.
"The biggest reason the bill failed is because it constantly was changing," said Mullin. "It didn't get proper time to get vetted. It wasn't the original bill that came out. Not the original bill that we whipped. It had multiple amendments to it. I think a lot of people were just afraid of what was in it."
Mullin says lawmakers in D.C. are sympathetic to the situation at the border as some families remain separated, but he says the administration can't pick and choose what laws to enforce. He said, in part, the policy was for the children's safety and that some may have been trafficked into the country. Mullin applauded the president's executive order to house children and their parents together if they can prove a relationship.
"We will keep the families together but at the end of the day we're also going to deport them together," said Mullin.
Mullin also had strong words about the historic passage of State Question 788, which legalizes medical marijuana in Oklahoma.
"I think it's horrific," said Mullin. "I totally disagree with the direction it took. When you read the language it is very disheartening. We've already had universities reach out to us and say a lot of our scholarships are based on athletes passing drug tests. I'm an employer. I employ over 200 people-plus in Oklahoma. My employees are required to pass a drug test. We operate heavy equipment. We operate trucks. I think it puts employers and universities at a disadvantage here. There's got to be a lot of clarification put forward."
Fresh off his win Tuesday night in the Republican primary, Mullin also spoke about why he chose to run for another term despite previously saying he wouldn't seek re-election. He secured 54 percent of the votes Tuesday. Come November, he'll face the winner of a runoff between Democrats Jason Nichols and Clay Padgett.
Watch the complete interview in the player above.