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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Arkansas Newsletter for Sunday January 12, 2020 ( 17 items )  

Budget Digest: What is Budget Season?
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, ranking Republican member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following budget digest: The congressional "budget season" typically refers to the critical months between February and April when key events occur that contribute to the construction and congressional approval of the annual budget resolution. The timetable for these key dates and deadlines are defined in the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (Budget Ac  more

House Budget Committee Sets Hearing on Stability From Congress to State Capitals
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- The House Budget Committee issued the following hearing information: "Why Federal Investments Matter: Stability from Congress to State Capitals" at 210 Cannon House Office Building at 10 a.m. on Jan. 15: Witnesses: * Tracy Gordon, Senior Fellow, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center * Jeanne Lambrew, Commissioner, Department of Health and Human Services, State of Maine * Mark Poloncarz, County Executive, Erie County, New York * Larry Walther, Chief Fiscal Officer; and Dire  more

Rep. Hill Issues Statement on Speaker Pelosi War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. French Hill, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement opposing Speaker Pelosi's War Powers Resolution (H.Con.Res.83): "There is a long-standing tradition in American politics that partisan fighting ends at the water's edge. Instead of uniting behind the successful strike to take out the mastermind of the world's leading state-sponsor of terror, Democrat leaders are attacking the president in their continued effort to undermine him at every turn. "Speaker Pelosi k  more

Rep. Westerman Issues Statement on President Trump Update on Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement after President Trump's update on Iran: "President Trump's decisive actions show that adversaries seeking to harm U.S. lives will pay a high price. After multiple attempts to avoid escalating the situation, President Trump drew a red line and made it clear that if the Iranian regime harmed American citizens, the United States would act. When Iranian proxies killed an American contractor, harmed multiple Ame  more

Rep. Womack Issues Statement on President Trump Remarks on Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement on President Trump's remarks on Iran and recent provocations from this state sponsor of terrorism: "President Trump has put this issue back in the hands of Iran: embrace peace or realize the consequences of being a rogue regime. While past administrations have shied away from confronting threats, the President has used a strategy of maximum pressure to address destabilizing behavior. Bad actors will be held ac  more

Rep. Womack Issues Statement on War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement: Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3), a 30-year veteran of the United States Army National Guard, released the below statement after voting against H.Con.Res. 83, a partisan resolution that seeks to undermine the ability of our Commander-in-Chief and military to defend America against Iran, a known state sponsor of terrorism. This politically-motivated legislation was brought to the floor by Speaker Pelosi followi  more

Reps. Westerman, Gallagher, Burchett, Braun Introduce Bicameral Prescription Drug Legislation
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: U.S. Reps. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) and Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Sen .Mike Braun (R-Ind.) introduced the bicameral Conditional Approval Act, which would establish a pathway in the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase access and lower costs of prescription drugs. "Americans face the highest prescription drug costs of any modernized country," Westerm  more

Sen. Boozman Issues Statement Regarding President Trump Remarks on Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement regarding President Trump's remarks on Iran: "President Trump's measured response to the dangerous escalations by Iran should send a clear message to the regime that its continued hostile actions will no longer be tolerated. "With the support of our allies, we must reject Iran's aggressive conduct and continue to oppose its grip on the Middle East. "By imposing additional economic sanctions, the president ha  more

Sen. Boozman Joins Colleagues to Introduce Legislation Aimed at Improving Broadband Access for Rural Students
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) joined Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) to introduce the Connected Rural Schools Act in an effort to close the digital disconnect for rural students. The legislation adds broadband and other internet accessibility technologies to the list of eligible items on which Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program dollars can be spent.The SRS p  more

Sen. Boozman: Helping More Arkansans Access Higher Learning
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, issued the following weekly column: Late last year, Congress took a historic, critical step toward expanding access to higher education and supporting the nation's historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). In December, bipartisan legislation was approved and signed into law by President Trump that provides permanent funding for HBCUs while also reforming federal financial aid to make it eas  more

Sen. Cotton Introduces Bill Banning Intelligence Sharing With Countries Using Huawei
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) introduced a bill that would prohibit the United States from sharing intelligence with countries that allow Huawei to operate their 5G networks: "The United States shouldn't be sharing valuable intelligence information with countries that allow an intelligence-gathering arm of the Chinese Communist Party to operate freely within their borders. I urge our allies around the world  more

Sen. Cotton Issues Statement on Death of Sultan of Oman Qaboos Bin Said Al Said
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement on the death of the Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said al Said: "Sultan Qaboos was a valuable partner of the United States for decades, building on a relationship our nations set forth in the 1833 Treaty of Amity and Commerce. "I am confident his successor will continue to advance the shared interests of our two countries."  more

Sen. Cotton Issues Statement on Iranian Strikes Against Iraqi Bases
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following statement on Iranian strikes against two Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces and President Trump's remarks: "As I've said all along, if Iran wants to start a fight, the United States will end it. I suspect that Iran's weak attacks on sand dunes at two of our bases in Iraq are a signal that the fight ended when we killed Qassem Soleimani, and that the mullahs are running scared. A leopard can't change its spots, and Tehran won't  more

Sen. Cotton Submits Op-Ed on Death of Iranian Gen. Suleimani
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following op-ed on the case for killing of Iranian Gen. Qassim Suleimani, published in the New York Times: Last week, our military and intelligence services brought justice to Qassim Suleimani, Iran's terror mastermind. President Trump ordered General Suleimani's killing after months of attacks on Americans by Iran's proxy forces in Iraq. These attacks culminated in a rocket strike that killed an American and wounded others, then th  more

Sens. Boozman, Cotton Sponsor Resolution Praising Successful Mission to Eliminate Qasem Soleimani
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: * * * - Join dozens of senators to honor members of military and intelligence community * * * U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) joined Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to introduce a resolution honoring the members of the military and intelligence community who carried out the successful mission that killed Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF)   more

Sens. Cotton, Hawley, Colleagues Introduce Resolution to Allow Dismissal of 'Bogus Impeachment' Against
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: In response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's unprecedented attempt to prevent an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) introduced a resolution to update Senate rules to allow a motion to dismiss articles of impeachment for lack of prosecution. Senators Rick Scott (R-Florida), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), Ted Cruz (R-Texas),  more

Womack Announces New Budget Committee Republican Staff Director
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, ranking Republican member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Steve Womack (R-AR), Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, named Becky Relic the Committee's Republican Staff Director. Relic currently serves as the Committee's Republican Deputy Staff Director. Before joining the Committee, she gained experience at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and in the private sector. Relic will  more