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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Arkansas Newsletter for Sunday September 29, 2019 ( 23 items )  

Boozman Urges Action to Help Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange During Service in Thailand
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs (VA) Committee, urged his colleagues to pass legislation he introduced to eliminate barriers to benefits for veterans who served in Thailand during Vietnam and were exposed to toxic chemicals. "I believe veterans have been left behind by the current limitations on the presumption of toxic exposure to Agent Orange," Boozman said.   more

Boozman, Cotton Push to Lower Indian Pecan Tariffs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Arkansas's U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton joined with colleagues to urge U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to prioritize a reduction in pecan tariffs as the Trump Administration continues trade negotiations with India. Boozman and Cotton joined ten of their colleagues on a letter authored by Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) to urge action to provide relief from the negative impact India's cur  more

Budget Buster: Debt Forgiveness
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, ranking Republican member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following budget buster: Several Democratic proposals have been introduced this Congress that would forgive all outstanding debt for student loans and past-due medical bills./1 These proposals would not only eliminate all unpaid debt, but would also fail to make significant reforms to the education finance and health care systems that contribute to Americans incurring debt   more

Budget Digest: Highway Trust Fund 101
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, ranking Republican member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following budget digest: In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Highway Revenue Act to build the Interstate Highway System and establish the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) as its financing arm. The HTF is composed of two trust tunds: the original Highway Account and the Mass Transit Account, which was added to the HTF in 1983. The Highway Account funds interstate proj  more

Cotton Discusses Ukraine, Joe Biden, and Democratic Attempts to Impeach the President on Hugh Hewitt and CNBC
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: This morning, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) joined CNBC's Squawk Box and the Hugh Hewitt Radio show to discuss Ukraine, Joe Biden, and democratic attempts to impeach the President. Click here to listen to his Hugh Hewitt interview and click here to watch his CNBC interview. Excerpts of his comments can be found below. On Hugh Hewitt "...Let's take stock about the situation with Hunter Biden and Joe Biden  more

Cotton, Boozman Push to Lower Indian Pecan Tariffs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Arkansas's U.S. Senators Tom Cotton and John Boozman joined with colleagues to urge U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to prioritize a reduction in pecan tariffs as the Trump Administration continues trade negotiations with India. Cotton and Boozman joined ten of their colleagues on a letter authored by Sen. David Perdue (R-Georgia) to urge action to provide relief from the negative impact India's   more

Rep. Hill Issues Statement on Announcement to Open Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. French Hill, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to open an impeachment inquiry into President Trump: "Impeachment has consumed Congressional Democrats since the president's first day in office. "The Mueller report did not deliver the impeachment verdict they were hoping for, so now they are trying again with an anonymous whistleblower complaint based off, reportedly, zero firsthand information. "Speaker Pelosi's decision   more

Rep. Womack Issues Statement on Confirmation of McCarthy as Army Secretary
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement on the confirmation of Ryan McCarthy as Army Secretary: "Our military's strength is based on the men and women who are steadfast in their commitment to the cause of freedom "Cultivating a lethal and agile force requires impeccable skill and leadership at the top - and Ryan McCarthy is equipped to guide the Army with precision. "His background as a decorated Army Ranger and leader at the Pentagon will provide  more

Rep. Womack Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement regarding Speaker Nancy Pelosi's impeachment inquiry announcement: "This announcement is unsurprising. "Instead of governing, House Democrats have been obsessed with impeachment - it's been their entire agenda. "Now, they are moving forward with an inquiry without all the facts. Fueling hysteria and spreading unsubstantiated narratives is dangerous. "Congress should be focused on the real challenges facing  more

Rep. Womack Issues Statement on Release of Ukraine Call Transcript
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement after the White House released the full transcript of President Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: "The transcript reveals that Democrats have, once again, rushed to judgment without the facts. "There was no quid pro quo, no mention of withholding military aid, and no impeachable offense. The other side of the aisle is so blinded by their hatred for the President that they can't accept   more

Rep. Womack Issues Statement on U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement after the U.S. and Japan signed a trade agreement at the U.N. General Assembly to expand market access for exporters: "Today's deal between the United States and Japan will benefit Arkansas's farmers, ranchers, and producers. "Increased market access for U.S. agricultural products, including beef, pork, and dairy, will support our economy and businesses. "It's another step forward in modernizing our trade po  more

Reps. Bishop, Westerman Issue Statements on Earthjustice Registration Under Foreign Agent Registration Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Reps. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, ranking Republican member of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, issued the following statements regarding Earthjustice formally filing with the Justice Department as a foreign agent:" * * * - Earthjustice Registers Under FARA Nearly a Year After Republican Inquiries * * * Last year, Committee Republicans began its oversight of the potential manipulation of U.S.-based 501(c) organizations by foreign entitie  more

Sen. Boozman Issues Column: Improving the Coordination of Suicide Prevention Efforts
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, issued the following weekly column: September is National Suicide Prevention Month. I've made reducing the rate of suicide, particularly among veterans in Arkansas and around the country, one of my top priorities. Our men and women who are serving or have served in uniform suffer a disproportionately higher rate of suicide compared to the general population. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that more than 20 veterans die by  more

Sen. Boozman Recognizes Service of Tuskegee Airman
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) recognized the service of Thomas Franklin Vaughns, a veteran of WWII and the Korean War, in 'Salute to Veterans,' a series recognizing the military service of Arkansans. Vaughns grew up on his family's 50-acre farm in Felton, a community in rural Lee County. "Marianna was our closest town, so when we'd go out and talk with kids we'd say we're from Marianna," Vaughns said.  more

Sen. Cotton Introduces Tariff Rebate Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today introduced the Tariff Rebate Act, legislation that would return tariff revenue collected by the Department of Treasury to American families in the form of a rebate check. "Tariffs are an effective way to apply pressure to China and other nations in trade negotiations, but there's no reason that tariff revenue can't help working Americans in the process," said Cotton.   more

Sen. Cotton Issues Statement on Confirmation of Gen. Hyten
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 26, on confirmation of Gen. John E. Hyten as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Earlier today, this body confirmed Gen. John Hyten as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The vote was 75 to 22. It should have been 100 to 0. General Hyten has weathered a storm of malicious attacks on his character - attacks that have been elevated by credu  more

Sen. Cotton Issues Statement on Confirmation of Gen. Hyten as Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Gen. John Hyten to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: "Earlier today, this body confirmed General John Hyten as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The vote was 75 to 22. It should've been 100 to zero. "General Hyten has weathered a storm of malicious attacks on his character-attacks that've been elevated by credulous pundits and politicians, even as they've been d  more

Sen. Cotton Issues Statement on Iran's Nuclear Agreement Violations
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement on reports that Iran has violated the Iran nuclear deal by increasing uranium production: "While President Rouhani glad-handed world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, his nuclear scientists were ramping up the regime's uranium enrichment using advanced centrifuges. "I urge our European allies to recognize the ayatollahs' deceit and join us in snapping back sanctions on this murderous regime."  more

Sen. Cotton Issues Statement on Prison Cellphone Jamming Report
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement after the Justice Department announced the release of a report detailing the promising results and potential of contraband cellphone jamming technology in prisons: "This report proves that cellphone jamming devices can prevent prisoners from using contraband cellphones without disrupting legitimate cellphone use nearby. "Congress should take up and pass my bill, The Cellphone Jamming Reform Act, so that state   more

Sen. Cotton Issues Statement on Speaker Pelosi Impeachment Inquiry Announcement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement that the House will open impeachment hearings against the president: "Despite an unprecedented act of transparency by the president in releasing the transcript of his call with a foreign leader, the Democrats nevertheless plunged headlong into their nonstop obsession with impeachment. "I only wish they'd get the facts before jumping to a conclusion, while dedicating a frac  more

Sen. Cotton, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Improve Corporate Transparency, Combat Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senate Banking Committee members, U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Mark R. Warner (D-Virginia), Doug Jones (D-Alabama), Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota), Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), and John Kennedy (R-Louisiana), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada), and Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve corporate transparency, strengthen national security, and help law enforcement co  more

Sen. Cotton: Arkansas Lawmakers Announce DOT Grant for Russellville Regional Airport
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and John Boozman (R-Arkansas) and Congressman Steve Womack 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  more

Sens. Cotton, Schumer Issue Statement on Motion to Strengthen Provision to Keep Huawei on Entity List
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, and Chuck Schumer, D-New York, issued the following joint statement after the Senate passed a motion to instruct the National Defense Authorization Act Conference Committee to retain and strengthen an amendment from Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, to the NDAA prohibiting the removal of Huawei from the entity list without the consent of Congress: "Huawei is the eyes and ears of the Chinese Communist Party overseas and a menace to our econom  more