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December, 2016

  • 7 December

    Cotton Introduces Legislation to Protect Arkansas Catfish Farmers

    Washington, D.C. – Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) yesterday [December 5, 2016] introduced the Safeguard Aquaculture Farmers Act, legislation that would restore the ability of Arkansas catfish farmers, as well as other aquaculture producers, to kill double-crested cormorants that attack their catfish crops during the winter months. “There are few crops more closely associated with Arkansas than catfish. Arkansas catfish farmers ...

  • 7 December

    Air Force Honors Boozman with Distinguished Public Service Award

    WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presented U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) with the Secretary of the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award, the Air Force’s highest public service award bestowed to private citizens. “I am honored to receive this award,” Boozman said. “My dad was a Master Sergeant in the Air Force, so this branch ...

  • 7 December

    Boozman Commends House Passage of Bill to End Taxation of Combat-Injured Veterans’ Severance Payments; Continues Push for Senate Passage

    WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that mirrors a bill introduced by U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Mark Warner (D-VA) to ensure that veterans who suffer service-ending combat-related injuries are not taxed on the severance payment they receive from the Department of Defense (DOD). The House bill, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 introduced by ...

  • 7 December

    Arkansas Cheese Dip Wins in Blind Taste-Test with Texas Queso

    Washington, D.C. –  Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and John Boozman (R-Arkansas) released the following statement after Arkansas cheese dip won out over Texas queso during a blind “Taste Test” among Republican Senators this afternoon [Wednesday, December 7, 2016]: “We’re happy our colleagues validated what we’ve known all along: Arkansas cheese dip is the best in the United States, and the world. Thank you to Heights ...

  • 7 December

    Gov. Hutchinson Joins House and Senate Leadership to Announce Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission Appointments

    LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today [Wednesday, December 7, 2016], joined with Senator Jonathan Dismang, President Pro Tempore, and Representative Jeremy Gillam, Speaker of the House, announced five appointments to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission. They are as follows:   Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D., Little Rock, to the Medical Marijuana Commission. (Hutchinson Appointment) Dr. Stephen J. Carroll, PharmD, Benton, ...

  • 5 December

    Cotton, Colleagues Request President Obama Stop Issuing New Regulations

    December 5, 2016 Washington, D.C. – Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) joined Senator Cory Gardner and 21 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama requesting his Administration stop issuing non-emergency rules and regulations in the final weeks of his term. Gardner and his colleagues stressed to the President that the American people made it clear on November ...

  • 2 December

    Foundation for the Future – Computer Science

    Preparing students for 21st century careers starts with providing them with the tools and resources to learn skills needed in the modern workforce. In this interconnected digital age, computer science plays an important role. Computer science is experiencing record growth. Students rank computer science among their favorite classes and advanced placement (AP) computer science is the fastest growing course in ...

  • 2 December

    Westerman Votes for Military Pay Raises

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement upon passage of the Conference Report to accompany S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act: “I was proud to vote for the NDAA conference report,” Westerman said. “In addition to supporting the military installations in Arkansas, this bill also provides our troops with a long overdue pay increase they have ...

  • 2 December

    Arkansas has Vital Role in Export Business

    December 2, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – Businessmen and state economic development officials understand that Arkansas is part of a global market place, and that many of their customers and much of their competition is overseas. Last year Arkansas companies exported $5.9 billion worth of products and services. Since 2010 the value of Arkansas exports has risen 12.5 percent. Over a ...

  • 2 December

    Boozman Votes to Preserve Sanctions on Iran

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) voted today to ensure that Iran would remain subject to sanctions if it continues its belligerent actions, supports terrorism or violates terms of the nuclear agreement it made with the Obama administration. “President Obama acquiesced to each and every demand from Tehran during the nuclear agreement negotiations and Iran has repaid the administration ...