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May, 2016

  • 6 May

    State Capitol Week in Review

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague May 6, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – With the successful completion of the fiscal session, Arkansas will fulfill its obligation to provide matching funds to go along with federal funding of Medicaid and other services. Now, attention at the state Capitol will focus on a special session the governor wants to call ...

  • 5 May

    Westerman Announces Art Competition Winner

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) announced Maurice Bradford of Hot Springs’ Lakeside High School as winner of the Fourth District Congressional Art Competition. Bradford’s submission, entitled “Discovery,” placed first in a field of 105 entries. “I congratulate Maurice for this achievement,” Westerman said. “His talent is impressive and he is a wonderful representative of the Fourth Congressional District. I look ...

  • 5 May

    Cotton Introduces Legislation to Hold EPA Accountable for its Negligence in Flint, Michigan

    Cotton Introduces Legislation to Hold EPA Accountable for its Negligence in Flint, Michigan   Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) last week introduced the EPA Accountability in Flint Act, legislation that would hold the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accountable for its negligence in Flint, Michigan.  Specifically, the bill would remove an exemption that could allow the EPA to avoid liability from private lawsuits. Senator Cotton’s bill ...

  • 4 May

    Raymond Leonard “Bob” Tipton

    Raymond Leonard “Bob” Tipton, age 76, of Cove, Arkansas, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 2, 2016, at his home. He was born Sept.17, 1939, at Plunkettville, OK to the late William Odell Tipton and the late Ilene Mazure Perry Tipton Bissell. He was married to Joyce Hunter Tipton on May 24, 1958 at Hugo, OK. He was a truck driver ...

  • 4 May

    Westerman Votes to Strengthen Flood Insurance

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement upon passage of H.R. 2901, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act: “As residents of the Fourth District found out last year, floods can wreak devastation in a short amount of time and leave lasting damage,” Westerman said. “The Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act would put the tools in place for better flood ...

  • 4 May

    Cotton Statement on the Revised Version of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

    Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the revised version of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act: “Instead of responding to the honest concerns of law-abiding Americans and law enforcement officers, this revised bill only raises more serious questions.  Why does the bill still allow violent criminals out of prison early?  Why does it introduce new leniency ...

  • 4 May

    Cotton Statement Democrats’ Continued Obstruction of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

    Cotton Statement Democrats’ Continued Obstruction of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked Cloture on the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill: “It’s disappointing that Senate Democrats once again blocked the Energy and Water Appropriations bill from moving forward. I support this bill; it’s critical to our water and energy ...

  • 4 May

    Lawmakers Set to Task to Budget for State’s Largest Agency, DHS

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague April 22, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – During the fiscal session of the legislature the focus of media attention has been on the budget of the state Human Services Department (DHS), which is the single largest state agency. Public attention focused specifically on the Medicaid program, which is administered by the Human ...

  • 4 May

    Honor Flight: A Tribute to our Veterans

    Honor Flight: A Tribute to our Veterans Airports are often the scene of teary sendoffs as loved ones say goodbye, but one recent morning at Ronald Reagan Washington-National Airport a plane full of Arkansas and Oklahoma veterans were moved by their welcome to Washington, D.C. “It was almost an overwhelming tribute,” Korean War veteran Larry Burris said. “It makes you ...

  • 4 May

    Cotton Recognizes the Buffalo National River as Part of National Park Initiative

    Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) recently recognized the Buffalo National River in the Congressional Record as part of his initiative to highlight Arkansas’s National Parks in celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.  You can find the full text of Senator Cotton’s recognition in the Congressional Record below, or here. In honor of the National Parks Service’s 100th birthday year, I want to recognize the Buffalo National ...