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February, 2019

  • 13 February

    Largest Highway Spending Plan in State’s History Announced by Governor and Legislature

    Governor Asa Hutchinson joined legislative leadership this morning to announce details of a proposed $300 million, long-term highway plan. At $300 million in increased annual revenue to State Highways, this plan would be the largest in Arkansas’s history. The plan is broken down into two parts, the first of which is an extension of the half-cent sales tax of 2012 ...

  • 6 February

    Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Weekly Address

    The 5.9 Tax Cut Plan I announced the details of my 5.9 Tax Cut at a news conference this week, and a few hours later, Senator Jonathan Dismang filed Senate Bill 211, the first step in making the tax cut law. Representative Joe Jett is the lead sponsor on the House side. This is the third phase of my three-part ...

January, 2019

  • 23 January

    Cotton, Boozman, and Blunt Introduce the Estate Tax Rate Reduction Act

    Washington, D.C.—Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) along with Senators John Boozman (R-Arkansas), and Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) today introduced the Estate Tax Rate Reduction Act, which would reduce the estate tax to 20 percent, the same as the current capital gains tax rate. “Families shouldn’t have to sell major portions of their businesses or farms after the death of a parent just to afford the 40% estate ...

June, 2016

  • 27 June

    Westerman, Bishop Praise Senator Roberts’ Wildfire Legislation

    WASHINGTON – On June 23, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, introduced S. 3085, the Emergency Wildfire and Forest Management Act of 2016. The legislation pares a responsible solution to “fire-borrowing” with much needed reforms to improve forest heath on federal lands. This bill is similar to H.R. 2647(Rep. Bruce Westerman, AR-04), the Resilient Federal Forests Act ...

  • 27 June

    Cotton Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

    Cotton Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt to invalidate a Texas law aimed at protecting women from unsafe abortion providers: “By caving to the demands of abortion extremists who seek to normalize the ending of an innocent human ...

  • 27 June

    Cotton Statement on the Financial Action Task Force’s Announcement on Iranian Restrictions

    Cotton Statement on the Financial Action Task Force’s Announcement on Iranian Restrictions Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the Obama administration’s efforts to encourage trade and investment in Iran and the Financial Action Task Force’s announcement that it would suspend some of its restrictions against Iran: “While President Obama is pulling out all the stops to revive ...

  • 27 June

    Fighting for Accountability at VA

    Fighting for Accountability at VA For all the talk of division in Washington, our nation’s commitment to our veterans usually bring us together in unity. A perfect example of this was the passage of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability (CHOICE) Act, the comprehensive response to the manipulation and mismanagement failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) medical centers. The CHOICE Act ...

  • 27 June

    “We Must Have a Tax Code Built For Growth,” Westerman says

    WASHINGTON – Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (WI-01) released the Republican Party’s final of six platforms in a vision for a confident American on Friday (June 24). The policy position, entitled “A Better Way to do Tax Reform,” (.pdf) tackles America’s complex tax system in a way that simplifies the tax code and responsibly funds government while paying down the national debt, ...

  • 27 June

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague June 24, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – The legislature enacted an evaluation method for teachers and principals with passage of Act 1209 of 2011. A pilot project was used in 11 school districts in 2013 and put in place in all Arkansas schools in the 2014-2015 school year. To follow through, legislators ...

  • 27 June

    Cotton Statement on the Results of the United Kingdom’s European Union Referendum

    Cotton Statement on the Results of the United Kingdom’s European Union Referendum Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the results of the United Kingdom’s referendum on its membership in the European Union: “The British people exercised their sovereign right of self-government, decisively choosing to leave the European Union.  We respect their decision and celebrate their ...