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June, 2016

  • 10 June

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague June 10, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – The new director of the state Human Services Department presented to legislators the details of a restructuring plan that is designed to make business operations more efficient. The expectation is that the changes will save money and allow caseworkers more time to perform their duties ...

  • 10 June

    PROMESA “A Compromise Bill Designed to Save Puerto Rico from Economic Calamity,” Westerman says

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) voted Thursday (June 9) for H.R. 5278, a bill to establish an oversight board to assist the government of Puerto Rico, including instrumentalities, in managing its public finances, and for other purposes. Prior to Thursday’s vote, Westerman spoke in favor of the bill. The following are his remarks (as delivered) on the House floor: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today ...

  • 10 June

    Cotton Applauds Senate Agricultural Committee’s Efforts to Address Problems Created by Vermont’s GMO Law

    Cotton Applauds Senate Agricultural Committee’s Efforts to Address Problems Created by Vermont’s GMO Law Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement applauding the Senate Agricultural Committee’s efforts to address the problems created by Vermont’s Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) law: “I’m encouraged that my colleagues on the Senate Agricultural Committee are coming together in a bipartisan fashion to ...

  • 9 June

    Cotton Statement on Reports that 12 Detainees Released from Guantanamo Bay have Launched Attacks Against the United States

    Cotton Statement on Reports that 12 Detainees Released from Guantanamo Bay have Launched Attacks Against the United States Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on reports that 12 detainees released from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have launched attacks against the United States or allied forces in Afghanistan: “The detainees at Guantanamo Bay are hardened terrorists ...

  • 8 June

    CORRECTED: Speaker’s Anti-Poverty Initiative “The Best Way to Solve Systemic Poverty”

    WASHINGTON – Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (WI-01) released the Republican Party’s first of six platforms in a vision for a confident America on Tuesday (June 8). The policy position, entitled “A Better Way to Fight Poverty,” (.pdf) tackles America’s poverty epidemic in a compassionate, policy-driven manner, according to Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04). “The best way to solve systemic poverty is by putting Americans back to ...

  • 8 June

    Boozman Applauds Final Passage of Bill to Reform Chemical Safety Standards

    Boozman Applauds Final Passage of Bill to Reform Chemical Safety Standards WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman issued the following statement on Senate passage of The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, legislation to modernize our nation’s outdated chemical safety law. “This legislation will improve public confidence in the safety of chemicals, create regulatory certainty for business and more uniform ...

  • 8 June

    Cotton, Lee Introduce Legislation to Strengthen and Save Social Security Disability Insurance

    Cotton, Lee Introduce Legislation to Strengthen and Save Social Security Disability Insurance Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) today introduced the Return to Work Act of 2016, legislation that will save Social Security Disability Insurance from bankruptcy. This bill would help Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries who can recover return to work, while also preserving the ...

  • 7 June

    Cotton Recognizes Fort Smith National Historic Site as Part of National Park Initiative

    Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) recently recognized the Fort Smith National Historic Site in the Congressional Record as part of his initiative to highlight Arkansas’s National Parks and Historic Sites 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 ...

  • 6 June

    Combating Summer Hunger

    Combating Summer Hunger For many students in Arkansas, summertime represents the end of another exciting school year and signals the start of summer vacations and trips to the lake with family and friends. However, what is meant to be an exciting time for all children brings challenges to Arkansas youth who rely on meals provided at school. About 280,000 Arkansas ...

  • 3 June

    Cotton Column: Iran Nuclear Deal

    Cotton Column: Iran Nuclear Deal Note: In an effort to ensure you all are receiving our columns in a timely manner, please reply and let me know if you plan to run Sen. Cotton’s column in your paper. You will find a high-resolution photo attached or for download here. Last year, the Obama administration reached a deal with Iran over their nuclear program. ...