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June, 2016

  • 2 June

    Cotton Demands Accountability at State Department for Iran Video Edits

    Cotton Demands Accountability at State Department for Iran Video Edits   Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the State Department’s edits to a 2013 video of a press briefing on Iran: “The State Department has peddled three untruths to the American people: the false story that Iran deal talks were sparked by the election of ...

May, 2016

  • 31 May

    House Members Denounce Senate Catfish Vote

    WASHINGTON – Earlier this week, the Senate voted in favor of S.J.Res. 28,  a Congressional Review Act resolution that would remove a catfish inspection program from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) jurisdiction back to the purview of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Today,  Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) joined Representatives Terri Sewell (AL-07), Rick Crawford (Ar-01), Frank Lucas (OK-03), French Hill (AR-02), Ralph Abraham (LA-05), Steve Womack (AR-03), Trent ...

  • 27 May

    Committed to Protecting our Children

    Committed to Protecting our Children As a father to three daughters and grandfather two granddaughters, I believe that protecting our children needs to be a priority. This includes improving laws to bring justice to children victimized by predators and strengthening punishment for offenders. Our children deserve justice. We need to provide law enforcement with the tools they need to solve crimes ...

  • 27 May

    Boozman Introduces Amendments to NDAA

    Boozman Introduces Amendments to NDAA  WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) introduced five amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA) this week that seek to protect a valuable military accession program, ensure combat-injured veterans receive their full severance pay and honor National Guard, Reserve and Desert Storm-Desert Shield veterans. “The number one responsibility of the federal government is to ...

  • 27 May

    Senate Approves Bill Naming Perryville Post Office in Honor of Arkansas Hero

    Senate Approves Bill Naming Perryville Post Office in Honor of Arkansas Hero WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate passed legislation Thursday designating a Perryville, Arkansas Post Office as the “Harold George Bennett Post Office.” Sergeant George Bennett, a native of Thornburg, Arkansas served as a Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) advisor during the war operating out of South Vietnam. On December 29, 1964, during a ...

  • 27 May

    Armed Services Committee Members Press President for Timely Decision on U.S. Troop Levels in Afghanistan

    Armed Services Committee Members Press President for Timely Decision on U.S. Troop Levels in Afghanistan Washington, DC— Yesterday Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and nine members of the Senate Armed Services Committee sent a letter to President Obama regarding U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan. “A timely decision on U.S. force levels is necessary so that our allies and partners can generate forces ...

  • 27 May

    Speaker Appoints Westerman to Represent Natural Resources Committee Jurisdiction in House-Senate Energy Conference

    WASHINGTON – Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (WI-01) appointed Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) on Thursday (May 26) to serve on a conference committee charged with producing final energy and natural resource legislation. H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, was passed in July 2015, by a bipartisan vote. The Senate passed S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, in April 2016. The House Amendment to S. ...

  • 27 May

    Boozman Named ‘Hero of Main Street’ by National Retail Federation

    WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation recognized U.S. Senator John Boozman as a 2016 recipient of its ‘Hero of Main Street’ award for his support of legislation critical to the retail industry. “I am honored to be recognized as a ‘Hero of Main Street.’ The retail industry is important to Arkansas’s economy. I am committed to promoting pro-growth and pro-business policies ...

  • 26 May

    Resilient Federal Forests Act Included in House Amendment to Senate Energy Bill

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday (May 25) approved amendments to S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016. The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2016, a bill introduced by Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) and passed by the House of Representatives on July 9, 2015, was included as an amendment. Upon passage, Westerman issued the following statement: ...

  • 26 May

    State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague May 27, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – Of the 13 items on the governor’s call for a special session, 12 were approved by the legislature. The top priority was legislation to increase state funding of the Highway and Transportation Department by about $50 million a year for five years, which will qualify ...