WASHINGTON — Gov. Mary Fallin and other governors met Tuesday with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to discuss ways to work together on some of the nation's challenges.
“Governors do have good ideas, and we want a seat at the table to be able to help solve our nation's problems, whether it's Medicaid, whether it's transportation and infrastructure issues,” Fallin said after the White House meeting.
Fallin, the chairman of the National Governors Association, said she and other members of the group's executive committee also talked about education, energy, job creation and the importance of maintaining the strength of the National Guard. The Guard, she said, was critical to rescue and recovery efforts after the tornadoes last year.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat and vice chairman of the governors association, told reporters after the meeting that the governors also discussed domestic energy production and the need for a regulatory framework that environmental groups and the oil and gas industry could accept.