Wednesday, October 26, 2011

They Said What? Gov. Mike Beebe Edition

Governor Mike Beebe Edition:

"I think you'd have to be living in a cave not to believe that Obama doesn't stand a lot of chance of winning Arkansas. ...I don't think he's going to carry Arkansas.

"I'm probably going to vote for him. It depends."

Obama and Beebe

-Governor Mike Beebe on President Barack Obama's chances in Arkansas.
Associated Press, 10/26/11

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Rep. Crawford: Jobs for Northeast Arkansas

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01): This has been a good week for jobs in Northeast Arkansas.

Monday, I was in Helena to help announce the creation of 87 new jobs. Four companies announced plans to move operations to Helena-West Helena, or expand current operations. The new and expanding companies are:
  • Enviro Tech will make a $1.5 million investment in the community and create 30 new jobs. Enviro Tech is a chemical company based in Modesto, California and will produce chemicals in Helena-West Helena that will be used in meat sanitation processes.
  • Delta American Fuel already employs 10 people in Helena but they are looking to hire 30 more employees as their biodiesel production facilities expand.
    Quapaw Products plans to invest $1 million and create 18 new jobs in Helena-West Helena for their industrial chemical production.
  • Southern Hardware, a mainstay of the Helena-West Helena community since 1914, has plans to spend $2.14 million to expand and modernize their facilities. Southern will add nine jobs locally for their wholesale hardware, plumbing and electrical distribution business.
Just yesterday, I was able to announce the Delta Regional Authority’s plan to invest $400,000 towards the construction of the Northeast Arkansas Convention Center in Jonesboro. The planned convention center project includes plans for hotels and restaurants. All told, the new center will create some 400 jobs in Jonesboro.

Nothing kills the entrepreneurial spirit faster than Washington regulations. In that spirit, I have introduced the FUELS Act that will help small farmers and ranchers bypass intrusive new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency. Click here to learn more about the FUELS Act and how it will help small producers.

Without a doubt there is still work to be done to ensure that small businesses are able to grow, employers are able to hire and our economy is headed towards sustained growth. Every day I work to make sure the people back home in Northeast Arkansas are put ahead of the partisan divides in Washington. Together, we will get America back to work.

Tags: Arkansas, jobs, Northeast Arkansas, Rick Crawford, US Represrentative

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Boozman Says Our Economy Needs The Jobs Through Growth Act


Sen. John Boozman said the key to getting the economy back on track is the pro-growth approach of The Jobs Through Growth Act. The Jobs Through Growth Act combines several bills that reform the tax code, abolish burdensome regulations, eliminate wasteful spending, promote new markets for American exporters and reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy.

When signing on as a cosponsor of the bill, Boozman called this approach “the right path to recovery.”

“Together as The Jobs Through Growth Act, these initiatives will spur job creation and lift the fog of uncertainty that is preventing an economic recovery in the private sector,” he said.

“Until the private sector can flourish, we will not see long-term economic growth in Arkansas. The President continues to focus on propping up states’ economies, which does not help for long-term recovery. As evidenced by the previous ‘Stimulus’, when the federal money runs out, the job disappears. Our economy needs more than a band aid to recover. It needs The Jobs Through Growth Act,” said Boozman.

“President Obama is on the road today touting ‘Stimulus II’, but his sales pitch is failing to resonate with the American people. The reason for that is simple. It is not the President’s sales pitch is not the problem, it’s his policy. More government spending did not turn the economy around last time. Doubling down on this approach won’t work either. It is a bad idea that puts us no closer to economic recovery, which is why Americans are rejecting the President’s failed borrow, tax and spend policy,” continued Boozman.

Boozman said instead of funneling more money to states’ public sectors, Washington needs to pursue an agenda that fosters an environment where the private sector in these states can grow, invest and create jobs in the local communities.

“The Jobs Through Growth Act is the right approach to long-term economic recovery. Job creation cannot happen in an environment of uncertainty, which is exactly what the Obama Administration’s policies of excessive spending and overregulation have created. This bill combines a broad range of market-based solutions that will help turn the economy around by encouraging private sector job creation and economic growth,” Boozman said.

Tags: U.S., Senator, John Boozman, Arkansas, economy, jobs, Jobs Through Growth Act

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Democrat Gives a Truthful Answer: "Probably over My Head" - But Then Forgets

Rep. Clark Hall (D-Marvell) Edition:

“[T]hat's probably way over my head.”


- Rep. Clark Hall when asked if he was considering a run for the First Congressional District.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 8/28/11

Previously on Oct 17th, in response to State Rep. "Mr. Forgetful" or "Mr. Misleading" aka, Clark Hall (D-Marvell) announcing his candidacy for Congress in the First Congressional District, the Republican Party of Arkansas Communications Director Katherine Vasilos noted:

“State Representative Clark Hall has repeatedly put politics first and jobs second – unless it involves his own future employment.. As the author of the most politically-charged congressional redistricting plan, Rep. Hall played politics with the whole state to design a more Democratic-friendly First District for him to run in.

“Rep. Hall says he wants to put Arkansans back to work yet he voted against job-creating legislation and supports the state implementation of Obamacare, which will increase costs on Arkansas businesses.” 

When recently asked about the state accepting federal grant money to fund a key component to Obamacare, Rep. Hall said, “The way I look at it is never turn down free money.”  “By disrespecting Arkansas taxpayers by calling their hard-earned taxes ‘free money,’ Rep. Hall has already shown how out of touch he is with Arkansas and how in tune he is with President Barack Obama’s misguided priorities and job-killing policies,” said Vasilos.

“To further illustrate how out of touch Rep. Hall is with Arkansas, in 2009 he voted in favor of a scheme by which Arkansas would surrender her Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote instead of the candidate Arkansas voters choose. In other words, if Rep. Hall’s national popular vote bill were the law in 2008, Barack Obama would have received Arkansas’ six Electoral College votes, despite losing the state by 20 points.

“First District voters deserve a leader willing to stand up to the failed economic policies of President Obama, which have left our state with the highest unemployment rate in nearly a generation. In 2012, we look forward to re-electing Congressman Rick Crawford, who has voted to passed nearly a dozen pro-jobs bills in the U.S. House, and has been a leader in demanding the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate take action on them,” Vasilos concluded.

Tags: Arkansas, election 2012, US Congress, AR-01, RPA, response to Democrat, Democrat candidate, Clark Hall, Marvell, AR

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

EPA bends to pressure from Crawford

EPA delays Spill Containment Rule for Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON – After Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR, Dist. 1) introduced H.R. 3158, the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship (FUELS) Act, which would modify the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule that places an unnecessary burden on farmers and ranchers, the Environmental Protection Agency has now delayed implementation of the rule until May 2013. The EPA said, “because of their unique nature farms have been disproportionately affected” and will not be forced to comply with the spill containment rule next month as originally planned.

“Over the last months I have built a bi-partisan coalition in the House to stop the EPA from implementing their spill containment rules on farmers and ranchers. While it is encouraging that the agency has delayed implementation of the rule, we will not rest until the EPA stops burdening our communities” said Crawford. “This should not be a game of kick-the-can. The FUELS Act proposal is the only guarantee small farmers and ranchers have to make the EPA’s rule more workable. Our farmers and ranchers should be focused on producing our Nation’s food supply, and should not have to worry about complying with onerous regulations from Washington.”

The EPA mandated Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule will require that oil storage facilities with a capacity of over 1,320 gallons make costly structural improvements to reduce the possibility of oil spills. The plan requires farmers to construct a containment facility, like a dike or a basin, which must retain 110 percent of the fuel in the container. These mandated infrastructure improvements, along with the necessary inspection and certification by a specially licensed Professional Engineer will cost farmers tens of thousands of dollars.

Crawford wrote a letter to the EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in July urging her to reconsider the oil storage plan for small farms. A bi-partisan group of 100 Members of Congress from across the country signed also the letter. The letter pointed to the fact that in 2011 farmer and ranchers have faced increased challenges due to numerous natural disasters. The EPA listed natural disasters as part of the reason they are delaying implementation of the spill containment rule.

Local rice producer Ray Vester, who serves as Chairman of the USA Rice Federation’s Environmental Regulatory Subcommittee also cited natural disasters as a chief concern about the EPA’s quick implementation of the spill containment rule saying, “This year has been a devastating year in agriculture, with drought and with floods; it’s made it impossible for agricultural people, farmers, to be able to implement any major construction or change in their operation.”< The FUELS Act would modify the rules by raising the exemption levels to better reflect a producer’s spill risk and financial resources. The exemption level for a single container would be adjusted upward to 10,000 gallons while the aggregate level on a production facility would move to 42,000 gallons. The proposal would also place a greater degree of responsibility on the farmer or rancher to self-certify compliance if it exceeds the exemption level. The FUELS Act is getting wide spread praise from the agricultural community. Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach says that Crawford’s bill would “be very helpful to agriculture producers – not only in the state of Arkansas – but around the nation.  Engineering costs for spill prevention would be extremely expensive to agriculture producers and it would definitely affect their bottom line.” Adam McClung, Executive Vice President of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association, said his organization “Is in full support of Congressman Rick Crawford and his efforts to curtail the EPA and their over burdensome regulations on the ranchers and the cattlemen in the state of Arkansas. These producers are already aware of their operations and the environmental stewardship that goes on in their day-to-day.” The University Of Arkansas Division Of Agriculture estimates that the EPA rule will adversely impact more than 34,000 farms in Arkansas alone. Further analysis determined that Crawford’s proposal would relieve over 25,000 Arkansas farms from the costly regulations - saving Arkansas farmers up to $252 million.

Tags: US House, Representative, Rick Crawford, EPA, FUELS Act, Arkansas, farmers, ranchers

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Griffin Announces the Second District Jobs Conference

Continues conversation with constituents on creating jobs in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) announced he will host the Second District Jobs Conference on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.  This conference will bring together leading authorities from across Arkansas’s business and educational spectrum to discuss job creation in Arkansas.

“Over the past nine months, I’ve had the chance to speak with constituents from all over Central Arkansas about job creation—at town halls, during meetings in my office, and through phone calls and letters,” Griffin said.  “This conference, in many ways, is a continuation of that conversation.  Specifically, it will focus on hearing from those who are training our workforce, competing in the marketplace and managing their businesses and payroll.”

The focus of the jobs conference is to identify:
  • obstacles facing job creators;
  • opportunities for creating jobs in Arkansas; and
  • public policies that will encourage private-sector job creation.
The day-long event will feature panel discussions focused on specific business sectors including:  agriculture, energy and the environment; health care; aerospace, transportation and infrastructure; education, manufacturing and technology; and real estate, retail and financial services.

A diverse group of over 60 community and business leaders are scheduled to participate in this conversation.

“As someone responsible for the future of my employees, I appreciate our elected officials asking our input on policies that could create more jobs,” said panelist Patrick Schueck, vice president of Prospect Steel, headquartered in Little Rock.  “I look forward to discussions on keeping our current staff employed in the future, as well as providing input on how Congress can help address our immediate employment challenges.”

“I am excited by the caliber of professionals and the diversity of viewpoints represented by our panelists,” Griffin said.  “This promises to be a free-flowing conversation about job creation, and I look forward to hearing their perspectives.”

The Second District Jobs Conference will be held in the Clinton Presidential Center’s Great Hall and will begin at 8:00 a.m. CT. This event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited.  Individuals are encouraged to reserve a seat by calling (501) 324-5941.

Find out more information about the Second District Jobs Conference by visiting: Griffin.House.gov.

About Congressman Tim Griffin: He was elected the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District on November 2, 2010. Presently, he is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary while also serving as an Assistant Whip for the majority.

Griffin is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. Major Griffin has been in the U.S. Army Reserve for 14 years and was deployed to Iraq. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth and their two children.

Office locations and directions are available at Griffin.House.gov

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Womack Calls For A Balanced Budget Amendment

Congressman Steve Womack (R-AR-3) supports and calls for a balanced Budget Amendment.


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