During a Wednesday night town in hall, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma) scoffed at the idea that his constituents’ tax dollars paid his salary.
While responding to a constituent’s question, in which the questioner remarked that his tax dollars pay the salaries of members of Congress like Mullin, the Congressman balked at the claim.
“You say you pay for me to do this. Bullcrap. I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got there and continue to through my company to pay my own salary,” Mullin said. “This is a service. No one here pays me to go.”
In a comment to the Tulsa World, Rep. Mullin’s spokesman defended the Congressman’s claims, saying that because Mullin owned several plumbing companies, he paid enough taxes to cover his own salary.
“Like all business owners, Congressman Mullin pays his taxes, which contribute to congressional salaries,” the spokesman said.
Rep. Mullin is currently serving his third term in Congress, having been easily reelected to represent Oklahoma’s second Congressional District with more than 70 percent of the vote. According to reporting from the Houston Chronicle, a new member of Congress with no leadership positions makes a base salary of $174,000, which is supplied by U.S. taxpayers. Mullin’s financial disclosure form shows that in 2015, the Congressman made more than $600,000.
Watch the video of Rep. Mullin’s confrontation with the constituent at the Jay, Oklahoma town hall on Wednesday night:
Markwayne Mullin responds to someone at his town hall meeting.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.