Arkansas Congressional Delegation

Local & Regional News
8:23 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Pryor Signs On To Bill To Grandfather Health Plans

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says he has signed on to legislation that would grandfather thousands of Americans' health care plans.

Pryor said in a statement Thursday that he signed on to a measure that would oblige insurance companies to continue offering existing paying customers continued coverage under any plans in effect at the end of 2013.

Millions of consumers received health care cancellation notices, and lawmakers in both parties have

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4th District Congressional Race
8:58 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Witt To Announce Plans For Arkansas Congressional Seat

James Lee Witt's FEMA portrait.
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Former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director James Lee Witt is preparing to announce whether he'll run for the Democratic nomination for a south Arkansas congressional seat.

Witt scheduled a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon to announce his decision regarding the 4th Congressional District seat. Witt has been exploring a run during the past several weeks and has been touring the district.

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Local & Regional News
8:56 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Agriculture Secretary Visits Arkansas, Urges Passage of Farm Bill

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is urging passage of the nation's farm bill. Vilsack spoke in Little Rock yesterday as politicians in Washington were set to begin negotiations on the five-year, roughly $500 billion bill.

The farm bill sets policy for farm subsidies, rural development projects and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, better known as food stamps. The fight over renewing the farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamps program.

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Local & Regional News
9:19 am
Wed October 30, 2013

US Agriculture Secretary Vilsack To Visit Arkansas

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is traveling to Arkansas this week amid questions about the nation's farm policies.

Vilsack is scheduled to visit Little Rock on Wednesday to talk about the need for Congress to pass the nation's farm bill.

The farm bill sets policy for farm subsidies, food stamps and other rural development projects. The fight over renewing the farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program.

Members of the House and Senate are set to begin negotiations on the five-year, roughly $500 billion bill this week.

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Local & Regional News
9:14 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Clemmer To Make Announcement On US House Bid

State Rep. Ann Clemmer (R) of Benton
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The Republican primary for a central Arkansas congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin could get more crowded.

State Rep. Ann Clemmer of Benton planned Wednesday to announce whether she'll seek the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District. If she runs, she'll be the third Republican to launch a bid since Griffin announced last week that he wouldn't seek re-election next year.

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Local & Regional News
5:58 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Arkansas Delegation Supports Bill To Reopen Government

U.S. Capitol

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.

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Local & Regional News
5:58 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Pryor Targets Cotton Over Syria Stance

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor

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.

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Local & Regional News
3:49 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Boozman: Defund Obamacare Efforts Will Fail In Senate

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas

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.

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Local & Regional News
10:34 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Boozman: Diplomatic Efforts In Syria Are A Move In The Right Direction

U.S. Senator John Boozman, Republican
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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.

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Local & Regional News
5:44 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Womack: Opposed To Military Action Against Syria

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Womack

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.

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