Arkansas Congressional Delegation

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Arkansas’s Junior U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton were both spotted entering the Trump Tower elevator in New York Friday.

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U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, who is generating national buzz as a potential Secretary of Defense, said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump has the authority to simply dispose of the Iranian nuclear agreement.

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Republican U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman’s bill to revamp the management of federal forests is moving its way through Congress. The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 passed the House last year 262-167, largely along partisan lines, and this week was approved by the U.S. Senate Agriculture committee.

Democratic Senate hopeful Conner Eldridge says he supports efforts to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns, as Republican Sen. John Boozman's campaign accused his challenger of politicizing the mass shooting in Orlando.

Eldridge joined Democrats' call for new gun legislation following the 15-hour filibuster led by Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy that ended early Thursday in response to the shooting at a gay nightclub that killed 49 people.

Republican Sen. John Boozman says Arkansans receiving coverage through the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion could still be covered through a block-grant system if the federal health overhaul is repealed. His Democratic challenger says that statement rings hollow given the incumbent lawmaker's criticism of the federal law over the years.

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Arkansas’s Junior U.S. Senator Tom Cotton was tapped by his party leadership to deliver the Republican Address this weekend. In it, Cotton touched on themes common to his tenure in the Senate—mostly criticizing the President Barack Obama’s administration for not being sufficiently tough on terrorists like the Islamic State, or ISIL, and the theocratic regime of Iran.

File photo: US Sen. Tom Cotton touring military vehicle prototypes in Little Rock.
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Arkansas’s junior U.S. Senator Tom Cotton said Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump “could be commander in chief.” Speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program Friday, Cotton referenced a meeting he and other lawmakers held with Trump on Monday.

“I didn’t hear much different from what we’ve heard in public...[he] raised some serious questions about NATO, and I share some of those questions,” Cotton said.

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Arkansas's junior U.S. Senator says he is introducing a bill that would halt phone call meta-data from being deleted. Republican Senator Tom Cotton calls his bill the Liberty Through Strength Act II. It's his second attempt to introduce legislation to do away with limitations on data collection.

A stakeholder conference call held by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Wednesday indicates that consensus is building around a mass-based compliance with the federal Clean Power Plan. The Environmental Protection Agency rule calls for Arkansas to reduce power plant carbon emissions 36 percent by the year 2030. The nationwide target is a 32 percent reduction.

 

File photo: Former US Attorney Conner Eldridge formally launching his US Senate campaign from his family store in Augusta.
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Eldridge Supply Company in Augusta provided the backdrop Saturday as former U.S. Prosecuting Attorney Conner Eldridge announced a bid for the U.S. Senate.

In front of about 75 people, Eldridge, 38, said he was running as a Democrat against incumbent U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. in the 2016 general election. In his remarks, Eldridge criticized both parties in their response to the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare and other issues like the federal debt.

Eldridge said the debt, at $18 trillion, “has more than tripled since my opponent took office.”

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