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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Arkansas Newsletter for Sunday September 22, 2019 ( 18 items )  

Arkansas Lawmakers Announce DOT Grant for Russellville Regional Airport
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Congressman Steve Womack, U.S. Senator John Boozman, and U.S. Senator Tom Cotton today announced that Russellville Regional Airport will receive $1,575,212 in federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The investment will be used for infrastructure and safety improvement projects, including a runway overlay, which will improve the runway pavement strength, and upgraded runway l  more

Budget Digest: Census Report on Income, Poverty in the U.S.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, ranking Republican member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following budget digest: Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released its 2018 annual report on the income and poverty status of the United States. The report's findings indicate that the American economy is continuing to provide higher earnings for workers, an increase in the number of full-time workers, and lower poverty rates. The report highlighted a number of key findin  more

Cotton, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Prohibit U.S. Government From Purchasing Drones From Adversaries
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) along with Senators Rick Scott (R-Florida), Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) introduced the American Security Drone Act of 2019, which prohibits the U.S. government from purchasing drones manufactured in countries identified as national security threats like Iran and China. "China ha  more

Cotton, Duckworth Bill to Help More Families of Fallen Service Members Travel to Dover Air Force Base
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) today introduced the Fallen Heroes Family Travel Act, which would allow the Department of Defense to pay for family travel to Dover Air Force Base for any service member who dies outside the United States. Under current law, the Department of Defense can only pay for travel to Dover Air Force Base for family members of service members   more

House Infrastructure Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Arkansas Department of Energy & Environment
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- The House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment issued the following testimony by Becky Keogh, secretary of Arkansas's Department of Energy and Environment, at a hearing entitled "Administration's Priorities and Policy Initiatives Under the Clean Water Act": "I am Becky Keogh, Secretary of Arkansas's Department of Energy and Environment. I bring greetings from the Natural State and from my Governor (your former colleague) the H  more

House Infrastructure Subcommittee Sets Hearing on Clean Water Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 -- The House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment issued the following hearing information: Trump administration's priorities and policy initiatives under the Clean Water Act at 2167 Rayburn House Office Building at 10 a.m. on Sept. 18: WITNESSES Panel 1 * Dave Ross, Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Panel 2 * Maia Bellon, Director, Department of Ecology, State of Washington * Bec  more

Rep. Westerman Issues Statement at Subcommittee on Water Resources, Environment Hearing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement at a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment hearing, titled, "The Administration's Priorities and Policy Initiatives Under the Clean Water Act": "Thank you, Chairwoman Napolitano, for holding this hearing, and thank you to our witnesses for being here to discuss EPA's initiatives under the Clean Water Act. In particular, I'd like to acknowledge Assistant Admi  more

Rep. Westerman Issues Testimony Before Natural Resources Committee in Favor of Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, issued the following testimony before the House Natural Resources Committee in favor of the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act (H.R. 2485): "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I'd like to first thank my colleague from Wisconsin, Mr. Kind, for introducing this sound, bipartisan legislation. I'd also like to recognize my former colleague, Senator Cramer, for continuing the fight for smart governmental reform in the upper chamber. "Mr. Chairman  more

Rep. Womack Testifies Before The House Select Committee on The Modernization of Congress
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: * * * - Rep. Womack testifies at hearing entitled: "Recommendations for Improving the Budget and Appropriations Process: A Look at the Work of the Joint Select Committee * * * Congressman Steve Womack, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, today testified before the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. He shared perspectives on the work of the Joint Select Committee on Budget  more

Rep. Womack: Democrats' Plan for America-Raise Taxes and Hand Out Cash
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, ranking Republican member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following news release: The Democrats' propensity for budget-busting spending proposals came to light once again last night in the third Democratic presidential debate. Within minutes of walking on stage, the candidates detailed proposals with price tags so large that no government has ever collected enough revenue to fund them. Among these proposals was Universal Basic Inc  more

Reps. French Hill, Andy Kim Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Veterans From VA Errors
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. French Hill, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: This week, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) and Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) introduced H.R. 4360, the VA Overpayment Accountability Act, bipartisan legislation that would help veterans who have been unfairly targeted by debt collection agencies due to errors by the Department of Veterans Affairs. "Too many veterans in my home state of Arkansas have suffered financially because of payment mistakes made by t  more

Reps. Westerman, Finkenauer Introduce Bipartisan Rural Road Safety Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) introduced the Rural Road Safety Act, which would provide federal funding for communities to make critical safety improvements to their rural roads. "Whenever I'm driving back in my district, I see the dangers of traveling on rural roads," Westerman said. "This bipartisan bill will re-implement investments that worked in t  more

Sen. Boozman: Arkansas Lawmakers Announce DOT Grant for Russellville Regional Airport
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Congressman Steve Womack announced the Russellville Regional Airport is the recipient of $1,575,212 in federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The investment will be used for infrastructure and safety improvement projects, including a runway overlay, which will improve the runway pavement strength and upgraded runway lighting.   more

Sen. Boozman: Creating a Talent Pipeline for Arkansas's Workforce
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, issued the following weekly column: The effort to develop a skilled workforce continues to build momentum in all corners of Arkansas. This statewide endeavor to promote workforce development and career and technical training programs is a priority. It is part of the key to a prosperous future for the Natural State. Close to a quarter of our skilled professionals are at or near retirement age. Arkansas's employers need talented workers who  more

Sen. Cotton Issues Statement on Allegations Against Justice Kavanaugh
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement after the New York Times publication and subsequent correction of allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh: "Democrats and their allies in the media are again launching baseless attacks on Justice Kavanaugh, with no evidence and no regard for due process and basic fairness. "Yet even The New York Times had to issue a 'correction' that should've been called a 'retraction.' "This is what happens when partis  more

Sen. Cotton Issues Statement on Appointment of O'Brien as National Security Adviser
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement on the appointment of Robert O'Brien as national security adviser: "I commend President Trump for selecting Robert O'Brien as his national security adviser. "I've known Robert for years in his past roles, and am confident he understands the urgent threats our nation faces, from China to Iran."  more

Sen. Cotton Issues Statement on Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement after reports of attacks against key Saudi Arabian oil facilities: "The United States stands with our Saudi partners in confronting Iran's campaign of terror across the Middle East. "The ayatollahs' desperate efforts to cripple global energy markets will only renew our commitment to maximum pressure. "The Iranian regime and its proxies ought to face consequences for these attacks."  more

Sen. Cotton, Arkansas A.G. Rutledge Submit Op-Ed on Return of Federal Death Penalty
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, issued the following op-ed, which was provided to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette: This summer, President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr resumed the federal death penalty for five brutal murderers, including a white supremacist who murdered a family of three right here in Arkansas. The federal death penalty has been in a de facto moratorium since 2003. Attorney General Barr's announcement wi  more