Arkansas Congressional Delegation

Tom Cotton
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U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is calling for a series of five debates with Sen. Mark Pryor as Cotton challenges Pryor in the U.S. Senate race.

Cotton - a Republican - said Sunday that he wants the debates in five different regions of the state and without moderators or panelists asking questions. Cotton called for opening and closing statements with he and Pryor - a Democrat - asking each other questions and giving rebuttals.

Tom Cotton
Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton has married his girlfriend during a small ceremony over the weekend.

Cotton's Senate campaign said the freshman lawmaker married Anna Peckham, an attorney from Virginia, at a small wedding ceremony with family and close friends on Saturday. The two are currently on a honeymoon during the congressional recess, campaign spokesman David Ray said.

Ray declined to say where the wedding was held or where the couple was honeymooning.

Leaders from Arkansas’s business, agriculture and faith communities are responding to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s proposal for an incremental approach to immigration reform with renewed calls to pass some meaningful legislation. Representatives from the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Farm Bureau spoke in a conference call with reporters

Arkansas' four congressmen have split on a $1.1 trillion spending bill for operating the federal government until just before next fall's election.

U.S. Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack voted for the measure that passed the U.S. House Wednesday and provides money for virtually every federal agency. Reps. Tom Cotton and Rick Crawford voted against the measure. All four are Republicans.

The 1,582-page bill passed the House on a 359-67 vote. The measure eases many but not all of the automatic spending cuts that took effect last year.

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.

Arkansas' all-Republican House delegation split over a budget bill that eases across-the-board federal spending cuts and prevents future government shutdowns.

U.S. Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack voted in favor of the bill, while U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford and Tom Cotton opposed the measure. The bill passed with bipartisan support Thursday on a 332-94 vote and heads to the Senate.

The agreement would set overall spending levels for the current budget year and the one that begins on Oct. 1, 2014.

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.  

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