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February, 2016

  • 25 February

    Cotton Statement on Secretary Carter’s Response to Inquiry

    Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement reacting to Defense Secretary Carter’s response to his November inquiry about the transfer of Shaker Aamer from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay: “Secretary Carter’s response to my inquiry about Shaker Aamer is disappointing, but unsurprising given that President Obama is our commander-in-chief. Aamer is a dangerous man who seeks ...

  • 25 February

    Cotton Introduces Legislation to Help the 188th Fighter Wing and the Fort Smith Airport Maintain Their Important Partnership

    Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) along with Senator Gary Peters (D-Michigan), and Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) today introduced legislation to help the 188th Fighter Wing at Fort Smith and the Fort Smith airport maintain their important partnership. “The 188th Fighter Wing at Fort Smith is critical to Arkansas and America’s safety and security, and supporting their efforts should be a ...

  • 24 February

    Closing Gitmo “An Olive Branch to Terrorists”

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement Tuesday (Feb. 23) in response to President Barack Obama’s announced plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and bring terrorist prisoners to American soil: “The president has put the interests of extremists ahead of Americans,” Westerman said.“His announced plan to shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay is an olive branch to ...

  • 24 February

    2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

    HOT SPRINGS – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement after Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs was named a finalist for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service: “I congratulate Mid-America Science Museum for being named a finalist for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service,” Westerman said. “Mid-America has not only made a difference in the lives of Garland ...

  • 24 February

    Boozman Statement on Obama’s Plan to Close Gitmo

    WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today issued the following statement after President Barack Obama submitted a vague and dangerous plan to Congress to close the detention center at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo). “The detention center at Guantanamo Bay is a state-of-the-art facility that is well-equipped to handle the world’s most dangerous terrorists. Closing Gitmo and transferring ...

  • 24 February

    Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility

    Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on President Obama’s plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility: “President Obama’s plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility is nothing short of a national security disaster. He’s using his last 11 months in office to carry out an ill-advised, ideological campaign promise. Worse, he will just wash his hands of the disastrous implications next ...

  • 19 February

    Reforming Chemical Safety Standards is Good for All

    As parents and grandparents, we want to protect our children from danger. We keep a close eye on what they eat, where they’re playing and who their friends are, but there are hidden hazards that can be harmful that we aren’t protecting against. Kathy in Little Rock spelled out the problem in a letter she sent me last year. “I ...

  • 17 February

    2016 Congressional Art Competition

    HOT SPRINGS – The office of Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) is accepting submissions from Fourth District high school students for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition through Friday, April 15. The Congressional Art Competition, established in 1982, enables high school students to showcase their artistic ability in the Cannon Tunnel that connects the House office building complex to the U.S. Capitol ...

  • 15 February

    Congress Takes on North Korea

    The federal government’s number one responsibility is to protect the American people. As the end of the Obama Administration approaches, the American people still do not feel, with any degree of confidence, that Washington is taking the proper steps to to uphold that responsibility. ISIS has butchered and slaughtered its way to power across large portions of Iraq, Syria and ...

  • 15 February

    A series of 29 mobile offices

    HOT SPRINGS – Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) announced Monday (Feb. 15) a series of 29 mobile offices beginning Wednesday, March 2 at 9 a.m. (all times central). The Fourth District’s mobile offices assist constituents who are with Veterans benefits, Medicare, Social Security and other services involving the federal government. Constituents in need of immediate assistance or those unable to attend ...