Arkansas Congressional Delegation

Republican Rep. Rick Crawford
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It is Donald Trump’s first week in office as President and a Republican-controlled Congress is ready to move on a whole host of items they’ve been eyeing for years. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman talked with U.S. Representative Rick Crawford, representing much of east and northeast Arkansas, about how the new administration could shape Cuba policy, farm laborers, and trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Welcome to another edition of KUAR's Week In Review podcast where the KUAR News team takes a look at the news from the week that was.

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) questioning Director of National Intelligence James Clapper about Russian hacking.
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U.S. Senator Tom Cotton cast his personal doubt on allegations the Russian government tried to sway the Presidential election in favor of Donald Trump. During a meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, the Republican Senator questioned the idea that Russia prefers Trump in office.

Although Cotton did not quibble with findings from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta.

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R) gets sworn in for a second term.
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All six members of Arkansas's all-Republican congressional delegation were officially sworn in on Tuesday to convene the 115th Congress. In the U.S. House, the state's representatives all voted to support the successful re-election of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker. Only one of Arkansas's four members backed the now rescinded GOP effort to dismantle the independent Office of Congressional Ethics.

Huckabee, Cotton Appear At Trump Tower

Nov 18, 2016
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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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Westerman Forestry Bill Advances In Congress

Sep 16, 2016
Bruce Westerman
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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.

Sen. Cotton Says Obama Floundering In Face Of Terror

Apr 17, 2016
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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.

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