Gov. Mary Fallin meets with President Barack Obama on Tuesday at the White House

Gov. Fallin, the chairman of the National Governors Association, and some of her fellow governors talked about a wide range of issues with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
by Chris Casteel Published: January 15, 2014

— 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.

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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