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May, 2016

  • 11 May

    Westerman Votes to Protect Veterans from Opioid Abuse

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) released the following statement Tuesday (May 10) upon passage of H.R. 4063, the Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act: “Providing world class care for our veterans is the primary mission of the Veterans Administration’s hospitals and clinics,” Westerman said. “Prescription opioids took the life of Jason Simcakoski. The PROMISE Act will prevent similar tragedies by revamping how VA facilities prescribe ...

  • 10 May

    Cotton Statement on the Scheduled Cloture Vote on his Amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

    Cotton Statement on the Scheduled Cloture Vote on his Amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the scheduled Cloture vote on his amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill: “I’m pleased the Senate will finally have an opportunity to vote on whether American taxpayers should subsidize Iran’s nuclear program and provide more dollars to the world’s leading state ...

  • 6 May

    Turning the Tide of Prescription Drug Abuse

    Turning the Tide of Prescription Drug Abuse More action is needed to fight the abuse of prescription drugs according to the Kaiser Health Foundation poll released in early May. The nationwide survey revealed that two-thirds of Americans believe the federal and state governments should do more to combat the national heroin and prescription drug epidemic. There is momentum in Arkansas ...

  • 6 May

    Cotton Statement on the National Day of Prayer

    Cotton Statement on the National Day of Prayer Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement in recognition of the National Day of Prayer:   “In the Army ‘there are no atheists in foxholes’ is a common saying among soldiers as they reflect on their faith. While that common proverb surely contains some truth for us all, today is ...

  • 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 ...