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March, 2016

  • 14 March

    Why We Can’t Ignore Russia’s Expanded Role on the World Stage

    When the Syrian people began protesting the injustices of Bashar Assad’s regime back in 2011, President Obama talked strongly about standing hand-in-hand with them. When the Assad regime turned to violence to quell the protests and the conflict began in earnest, the President stepped up diplomatic pressure on Assad. When the Assad regime began using chemical weapons and a campaign ...

  • 14 March

    Cotton Column on SCOTUS Vacancy

    Senator Cotton’s column for this week is below. Please find a high-resolution photo attached or for download here. After the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court and the American people must fully understand what is at stake in choosing the person to fill that vacancy. If President Obama has his way, Justice ...

  • 11 March

    Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces $10 Million Upgrade for Statewide Public Safety Communications System

    LITTLE ROCK—Governor Asa Hutchinson announced today that he will request the legislature to release $10 million from his Rainy Day Fund for significant and much needed upgrades to the statewide interoperable communications system for emergency and public safety services, also known as the Arkansas Wireless Information Network (AWIN). This funding will go towards replacing aging radio equipment at 20 AWIN sites, ...

  • 11 March

    ICYMI: Cotton Questions SOUTHCOM Commander on Democratic Presidential Candidates’ Remarks & the Migration of Unaccompanied Minors

    Click Here To Watch The Video In Full In Case You Missed It— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) during a Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing today questioned Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, USN about the 2014 migration crisis involving unaccompanied minors and the potential for a similar crisis to arise should American leaders send the wrong message to the families of these children.  Excerpts from his questions ...

  • 11 March

    Boozman Praises Senate Passage of Bill to Fight Opioid Abuse

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) issued the following statement on Senate passage of theComprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act: “Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the country and unfortunately Arkansas is not immune to this problem. Arkansas has implemented measures to combat this problem by decreasing the availability of prescription drugs and properly disposing of expired ...

  • 11 March

    Boozman to Attend I-555 Unveiling Friday

    WASHINGTON– U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) will join Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, U.S. Representative Rick Crawford and other state and local leaders tomorrow to celebrate the designation of Highway 63 as Interstate 555. The corridor connects Jonesboro to I-55 near Marion and includes the counties of Craighead, Poinsett and Crittenden. Senator Boozman and Congressman Crawford included language in the 2015 Highway Bill, ...

  • 11 March

    Boozman Leads Efforts to Fix Veterans Choice Program

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) this week helped introduce legislation to fix problems Arkansas veterans have with the Veterans Choice Program. The Veterans Choice Improvement Act of 2016 (S. 2646) makes it easier for health care providers to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that veterans have access to the quality health care they earned. “I have heard from ...

  • 11 March

    Boozman, Cotton: Detain ISIL Fighters in Gitmo

    WASHINGTON—Arkansas’s U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton today helped introduce a resolution calling for fighters involved with Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to be detained at Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) if they are captured by the United States. Boozman and Cotton are among 14 original cosponsors of the resolution, authored by U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), which ...

  • 9 March

    Boozman & EPW Committee Members Hear Testimony from ADEQ Director

    WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) and members of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee heard testimony from state regulators, including Arkansas Department of Environment Quality (ADEQ) Director Becky Keogh, on cooperative federalism between states and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and whether the system is working. In her testimony, Keogh said Arkansas’s cooperation with EPA has become “a ...

  • 9 March

    ICYMI: Senator Cotton Speaks on the Senate Floor About the Supreme Court Vacancy

    “In 2014, the voters overwhelmingly chose to send Republicans to the Senate, making clear their dissatisfaction with this president’s cavalier attitude toward the Constitution and his duty to execute the laws as written.  If the 2014 election meant anything, it meant that Americans do not want this president to determine alone the course of American law for a generation in ...