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May, 2016

  • 13 May

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague May 13, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – In a decision that has financial implications for schools across Arkansas, a Pulaski County judge has ruled in favor of the state and against a small, isolated district in the Ozark Mountains. The Deer/Mount Judea School District filed a lawsuit claiming that the state failed ...

  • 13 May

    Westerman Votes For Comprehensive Opioid Reduction Act of 2016

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) joined his House colleagues Thursday (May 12) in voting for H.R. 5046, the Comprehensive Opioid Reduction Act of 2016. Before the vote, Westerman delivered the following statement on the House floor. (Statement as prepared.) “Thank you, Mr. Speaker. “I rise today in support of H.R. 5046. I thank the gentleman from Wisconsin for his work to combat the ...

  • 13 May

    Cotton Statement on the House v. Burwell Obamacare Decision

    Cotton Statement on the House v. Burwell Obamacare Decision  Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the Federal Court ruling that the Obama administration has been improperly funding an Obamacare subsidy program: “It’s little surprising that President Obama once again broke the law to force his will on the American people. Time and time again he’s circumvented Congress ...

  • 12 May

    Cotton and Warren Raise Bipartisan Concerns About Financial Adviser Misconduct, Ask FINRA to Protect Investors

    Cotton and Warren Raise Bipartisan Concerns About Financial Adviser Misconduct, Ask FINRA to Protect Investors Washington, D.C.— In a bipartisan letter sent to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today, United States Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked about steps the independent regulator is taking to address misconduct among financial advisers and to protect investors. The letter comes ...

  • 11 May

    Cotton Votes to Block American Taxpayer Dollars from Going to Iran

    Cotton Votes to Block American Taxpayer Dollars from Going to Iran Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the Cloture vote for his amendment blocking the United States from making future purchases of Iran’s heavy water: “Today Senate Democrats once again put political gamesmanship over the safety and security of the American people by voting to ...

  • 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 ...