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October, 2016

  • 31 October

    Gov. Hutchinson Announces $10 Million in Additional Funding for Higher Education Conditioned on Passage of Reform

    LITTLE ROCK – Today Governor Asa Hutchinson was joined by the Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Dr. Maria Markham, and several Arkansas university presidents, to announce his support for the Higher Education Productivity Funding Model. This funding model places the priority on accountability, student success and program completion as opposed to the previous formula, which places priority ...

  • 31 October

    Obamacare’s Looming Premium Hikes

    BY U.S. SENATOR DR. JOHN BOOZMAN –  When I ask Arkansans what frustrates them about the direction of our country, the most common response I hear is that “Washington does not listen to us.” Obamacare is a perfect example of how Congressional Democrats and officials in the White House, who claim they know what’s best for hardworking Americans, refuse to ...

  • 28 October

    Governor Responds to Issue 7 Removal

    BY ARKANSAS GOVERNOR ASA HUTCHINSON – LITTLE ROCK – Imagine my surprise when I heard the news about issue seven only minutes after going to the polls myself for early voting. I just cast my vote in Rogers when I found out the Arkansas Supreme Court had disqualified one of the marijuana measures. It is unfortunate and ill-timed that the challenge ...

  • 27 October

    Obamacare Reality Check: Obamacare’s Premiums and Deductibles Are Unaffordable

    Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the skyrocketing costs of health insurance under Obamacare: “This week, the Obama administration confirmed that monthly health insurance premiums will increase on average by a staggering twenty-five percent.  And in some states, premiums will increase by more than 100 percent. For Arkansans, these increases are unaffordable, especially when ...

  • 27 October

    Cotton Statement on U.S. Abstention from UN Vote Condemning Cuba Embargo

    Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today [Thursday, October 27, 2016] released the following statement after the United States abstained from a United Nations vote condemning the trade embargo on Cuba: “Instead of enabling a vote against the U.S. embargo on Cuba, why didn’t the Obama Administration offer its own UN resolution condemning the brutal kleptocracy of the Castro regime ...

  • 26 October

    Boozman: Defense Secretary Made Right Call to End Effort to Penalize Service Members for Recruiter Actions

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today said Secretary Ash Carter “made the right call” after he announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) would suspend “all efforts to collect reimbursement” from improperly awarded enlistment bonuses given to some members of the California National Guard. “Secretary Carter made the right call to end the effort to penalize service members ...

  • 26 October

    Cotton Statement on Obamacare Premium Increase

    Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement after the Obama administration announced that premiums for Obamacare will increase by twenty-five percent next year: “Yesterday [October 24,2016], the administration confirmed another Obamacare broken promise. Despite the President’s claims that Obamacare would lower the cost of premiums, Americans will pay on average 25 percent more than last year. ...

  • 26 October

    Boozman Named Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police Legislator of the Year

    BENTON – The Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP) honored U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) for his support of the law enforcement community with its ‘Legislator of the Year’ award during a stop on the #EverySecondCounts tour. “I am honored to received this recognition from the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police. This organization is crucial to Arkansas law ...

  • 24 October

    We Must Combat Human Trafficking

    BY U.S. SENATOR DR. JOHN BOOZMAN – Human trafficking, the multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise of smuggling people for forced labor and sex slavery, continues to be a growing problem. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center data shows that in the first six months of 2016, 26 human trafficking cases were reported in Arkansas. An investigation into human trafficking by an ...

  • 21 October

    Issues 4 & 5 Stricken; So Far, Others Remain

    LITTLE ROCK – The state Supreme Court has stricken Issues Four and Five because of legal questions about their ballot titles, so any votes cast for them on November 8 will not be counted. Issue Four would have limited the amount of damages that could be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits. Issue Five would have authorized private companies to open casinos in ...