Mullin calls for Indian Health Service funds; wants Planned Parenthood defunded

Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2) is pressing leadership to consider Bill to fund the Indian Health Service. Also - today he expressed his full support of 'protecting the lives of the unborn', calling for an end to Planned Parenthood receiving federal government funds. Mullin is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and vice-chair of the Native American Caucus. Photo courtesy:

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Mullin appeals for consideration of Pay Our Doctors Act; ending 'merciless' Planned Parenthood receiving federal funds

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Office of Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2)

Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2) sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her to bring H.R. 195, the Pay Our Doctors Act, to the House floor for consideration.  The letter to Speaker Pelosi can be found HERE.


“The federal government is currently in violation of hundreds of treaties, trusts, and contracts made with Tribal Nations for failing to provide health care to American Indian and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN).”

“Without those funds, tribally-operated hospitals, and Urban Indian Health Programs are forced to make ends meet by using any remaining rollover funds from the previous year.  If no funds are available, hospitals, and clinics are forced to furlough or lay-off staff.”

“While Congress and the President remain at an impasse over funding the government and securing our border, I encourage you to bring the Pay Our Doctors Act to the floor to remove Native American health care from the crosshairs of this political fight…The federal obligation to Native Americans is clear.  The federal government must fulfill its obligation by providing health care to Indian Country.  Anything other than a full execution of those responsibilities is unacceptable.”

Mullin reintroduced the Pay Our Doctors Act (H.R. 195) in the 116th Congress.  The Pay Our Doctors Act has 13 bipartisan cosponsors:

  • Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN-4)
  • Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK-4)
  • Rep. Michael Simpson (R-ID-2)
  • Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA-36)
  • Rep. Yvette Clark (D-NY-9)
  • Rep. Kendra Horn (D-OK-5)
  • Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-1)
  • Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT-At Large)
  • Rep. Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ-1)
  • Rep. Don Young (R-AK-At Large)
  • Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA-35)
  • Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI-4)
  • Rep. John R. Curtis (R-UT-3)

Congressman Mullin also expressed his full support of protecting the lives of the unborn and called for an end to Planned Parenthood receiving federal government funds.

“Every human life is precious,” said Mullin.  “As a father of five, I cannot express enough how precious the lives of innocent children are.  From the moment of conception, each child is worthy of life and protection from harm.  In the 116th Congress, I will continue in my work to safeguard the rights of the unborn, starting with supporting legislation to defund the merciless Planned Parenthood.  We, as Americans, have the moral, ethical, and personal responsibility to be the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

At the beginning of the 116th Congress, Mullin signed a letter asking President Trump to publicly commit to veto any bill that weakens current federal policy on abortion. View the letter HERE.

Mullin is a cosponsor of several bills that reaffirm his commitment to pro-life policies including:

  • The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would make the Hyde Amendment and other current abortion funding prohibitions permanent and government-wide, and it would ensure that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) faithfully conforms to the Hyde Amendment. 
  • The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (H.R. 296) amends the Public Health Service Act to prohibit the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) from providing federal family planning grants to entities that perform abortions or provide funds to entities that perform abortions.
  • The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) prohibits sex-selected abortions and aborting a child on the basis of the child’s gender.
  • The Defund Planned Parenthood Act prohibits Planned Parenthood from accessing any federal mandatory or discretionary funds for a one-year period. Neither the parent company, its affiliates, nor associated clinics will be able to apply for or be reimbursed federal dollars unless they certify that they will not perform (or support other entities that perform) an abortion. The legislation authorizes $235 million to be reallocated to the thousands of comprehensive community health centers which do not perform abortions.

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