Arkansas Congressional Delegation

Legislature Will Meet To Discuss 2015 Budget

Jan 13, 2014

The finance department projects a 2% increase of about $95 million  in general revenue, available for state agencies to spend in the upcoming fiscal year. The Legislative Council and Joint Budget Committee begin meetings Tuesday to discuss the current 2014 fiscal session and the 2015 budget which goes into affect July 1st.

Representative Duncan Baird, Joint Budget Committee Co-Chairman, says the Department of Human Services will join them Thursday to discuss Medicaid and the private option.

Delay In Pay For Arkansas National Guard Members

Jan 13, 2014

Members of the Arkansas National Guard aren’t getting paid due to multiple delays delegated by Congress. KUAR's Maggie Carroll spoke with Lieutenant Colonel Keith Moore of the National Guard.

They discussed how the delays are affecting the 10,000 Arkansan members of the National Guard and their families, as well as budgeting issues they are now facing. Click the audio clip above to hear their conversation. 

Boozman: Farm Bill Efforts Moving Forward

Jan 8, 2014

Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says efforts are underway to finalize provisions in the federal farm bill. A group of congressmen and senators are expected to meet Thursday to approve additional changes to the conference report.

“As you start putting ideas in the form of legal language, it takes time. Those ideas then have to be scored by the Office of Management and Budget. Hopefully we will get this thing wrapped up soon,” said Boozman.

Some conservative advocacy groups and Tea Party supporters in Arkansas and elsewhere are not pleased with measures outlined in a new bipartisan budget agreement.

They are concerned that the measure does not balance the budget, nor does it include major reforms to Medicare and Social Security. 

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says he understands the criticisms and will not be supporting the deal.  

Members of Arkansas's congressional delegation supported legislation to reopen the federal government and avoid a threatened national default. 

The House voted 285-144 in support of the bill Wednesday night. Republican U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack voted for the measure. 

After the House vote, Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said he reluctantly supported it. It passed the U.S. Senate 81-18 on Wednesday night with the support of Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman, according to the Senate's website.

Pryor Targets Cotton Over Syria Stance

Sep 27, 2013

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is criticizing Republican rival Rep. Tom Cotton for supporting military action in Syria, while a conservative group backing Cotton is launching radio ads portraying the Arkansas senator as too liberal.

Pryor's campaign on Thursday targeted Cotton for being the only member of the state's congressional delegation who publicly supports giving the president authority to strike Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons.

A website launched by the campaign cited the stance as an example of misplaced priorities by Cotton.

Boozman: Defund Obamacare Efforts Will Fail In Senate

Sep 25, 2013

Congressional Republicans have not been able to reach a consensus on how to oppose the Affordable Care Act.

Media reports of a heated discussion in the Senate Republican Conference between John Boozman of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas underscores a growing disagreement in the party over how to tackle “Obamacare.” 

Some in the GOP want to amend the law, while others are willing to defund it even if that means shutting down the government.

As United States officials work with the United Nations to craft a resolution that would put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says the way forward is still uncertain. 

In an interview with KASU in Jonesboro, Boozman admitted President Barack Obama has no good choices in his standoff with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Womack: Opposed To Military Action Against Syria

Sep 10, 2013

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Womack says he's voting against military action in Syria.

The two-term congressman from northwest Arkansas announced Monday that he's opposed to President Barack Obama's request to use military force against Syria, which U.S officials say killed more than 1,400 civilians with chemical weapons last month. 

Womack had previously said he was leaning against the request. Womack on Monday said he had heard from constituents who don't support intervention, and said he didn't believe it was in the nation's interest.

Pryor, Boozman Plan Stops Around Arkansas

Aug 26, 2013

Arkansas' two U.S. senators are touring the Natural State during the Senate's summer recess.

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman plans a weeklong agriculture tour, beginning Monday in the western part of the state.

Boozman plans to visit a lumber company in Russellville, a tree farm in Dover and the National Wildlife Refuge in Dardanelle. He will finish the day by attending the Perry County Farm Bureau meeting in Perryville.

Arkansas Democrats Launch Site Against Senate Challenger

Aug 5, 2013
meettomcotton.com

Arkansas Democrats are welcoming Tom Cotton to the Senate race with a website blasting the freshman Republican lawmaker as "reckless." The Democratic Party of Arkansas on Monday launched a new site - www.meettomcotton.com - that targets the Republican congressman. Cotton is expected to announce Tuesday that he's running against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor next year. The site criticizes Cotton's votes on issues such as the farm bill, student loans and Hurricane Sandy relief.

Mayflower oil spill
KUAR

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate Wednesday is expected to ensure Mayflower oil spill victims get tax relief. 

Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansans says The Mayflower Oil Spill Tax Relief Act of 2013 aims to protect affected residents by making sure compensation from ExxonMobil is not taxed by the federal government. 

In a conference call with reporters, Pryor said the legislation has specific goals.

Pryor One Of A Vulnerable Few

Jul 23, 2013
pryor.senate.gov

A recent report from Politico details how only a small number of congressional seats are considered up for grabs in the 2014 election. Among the political battlegrounds is Arkansas, home to Democratic Senator Mark Pryor. KUAR's Chris Hickey talks to Politico Reporter Alex Isenstadt about what the increased national scrutiny of Pryor's reelection bid means for Arkansas and the rest of the country.

Officials with hunger relief organizations in Arkansas and across the country have expressed concerns about recent efforts to remove food stamp provisions from federal Farm Bill legislation.

Though the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate passed a bill that included funding for nutrition assistance, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill that eliminated monetary support for the food stamp program.

Boozman Says Student Loans Need Long Term Fix

Jul 17, 2013

Senator John Boozman says both Democrats and Republicans are working together to resolve the Student Loan interest rate increase on federal Stafford loans. He says a bipartisan group consisting of two Democrats, an Independent, and three Republicans have come together to come to a long-term agreement.

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