A Congressman from Oklahoma is dealing with the fallout after telling an audience at a town hall meeting that it is “bullcrap” that they pay his salary. Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin insisted that he, and not his constituents, paid his salary and that his work in Congress was a service and not a career.
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As reported by the Daily Mail, the town hall meetings covered a range of issues including healthcare and taxes. The crowd began interjecting with statements that they are the ones paying him for his work.
Mullin quickly refutes the idea stating, “Bullcrap. I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I ever got there and continued to through my own company to pay my own salary.” He continued, “This is a service. No one here pays me to go.”
The crowd responded to the comments by yelling objections. The Congressman then said, “I’m just saying this is a service for me, not a career, and I thank God this is not how I make my living.”
A spokesperson later provided clarification regarding the Congressman’s statements, explaining that the reference was based on the amount of taxes his company, Mullin Plumbing, had paid over time, he had contributed more than he was drawing as a salary.
The spokesperson, Amy Lawrence, stated, “Like all business owners, Congressman Mullin pays his taxes, which contribute to congressional salaries.”
In another town hall meeting, Mullin told the crowd, “I’m paying more taxes inside my company and personally than I’ll ever receive from Congress.”
Attendees of the meeting did not appreciate the statement, interpreting it as a sign the Congressman thinks he is paying his own salary alone, or that his service was a favor to his constituents.
The base salary of US Congressional representative is $174,000, and Mullin has held office since 2013. The amount that Mullin Plumbing has paid in federal taxes has not been disclosed.
On April 11, Mullin canceled an additional town hall meeting, scheduled to take place in Tahlequah, stating “safety concerns” and a “disagreement with the venue” were what led to the change. The event was scheduled to take place at Sequoyah High School.
As reported by Fox News 23, the Congressman stated he intended to reschedule the town hall after selecting a new venue.