Thursday, November 26, 2015

Governor Hutchinson On Giving More Than Thanks At Thanksgiving

Today and everyday, we’re thankful for God’s provision—for our friends and families, our nation, the great state of Arkansas, and our freedoms. I wish you all a great weekend and a blessed Thanksgiving. ~ Asa Hutchinson

by Gov. Asa Hutchinson: In my family, Thanksgiving has always been a day for food, fellowship, and football. During the holiday season, family members are busy with activities like cooking the Thanksgiving feast, taste-testing homemade pies and throwing the football around with the grandkids. But as we make our preparations for this year’s Thanksgiving, we cannot forget to be grateful for our many blessings.

Here in Arkansas, we have a lot to be grateful for. Our state is known for its thriving agricultural community, vibrant tourism industry, breathtaking scenery and, especially, its people. We can be thankful for a year of economic growth, the creation of new jobs statewide and greater opportunities for our students and citizens to succeed. And let’s not forget to give thanks for thrilling Razorback victories over Ole Miss and LSU.

As we celebrate and give thanks, let us remember to reach out to those who may be struggling during this joyous time. For some, the holidays can be a difficult time of the year. Those in our local communities may be suffering loss, loneliness, hunger or financial hardships. These people need our prayers, our kindness and our support.

Here at the Capitol, my staff is holding an office food drive to help fight senior hunger. Many of you may be doing similar work to help the men and women in your lives at offices, schools and churches across your community. Among other things, Arkansans are naturals at helping out.

One of my favorite authors, Henry Van Dyke, once said, “There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.”

This time of year isn’t just about giving—it’s about doing. For those who are able, I encourage you to find opportunities to serve others who may not be able. For those who plan to gather with family and friends, I encourage you to include people who may be alone during the holidays. Sometimes, all it takes is a warm welcome and a good meal to make a positive difference.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Boozman Leads Effort to Recognize Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28, 2015

Encourages Arkansans to Shop Locally

WASHINGTON – Small Business Saturday has joined Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the post-Thanksgiving shopping blitz. U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) encourages Arkansans to support Small Business Saturday and shop locally on November 28, 2015.

“Small businesses are the engines of our economy. They employ half of the workforce in our country and make up 99 percent of all U.S. businesses. Small Business Saturday is an opportunity for us to recognize local businesses and neighborhood retailers and the important role they play in our communities. By taking the small step of shopping locally this Christmas season, we can make a big impact on our local economy,” Boozman said.

Boozman is a cosponsor of the Senate-passed resolution that designates Saturday, November 28, 2015 as Small Business Saturday, encourages consumers to shop locally and highlights the importance of small business to our economy.

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Paris Terrorist Attacks & Legislation to Postpone Termination of Essential NSA Counterterrorism Program

by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR): My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the French as they mourn those killed in last week’s terrorist attacks. These attacks are a terrible, but clarifying reminder of the evil that exists in the world. But we must not bow to our enemy. Rather this event should bring us together and steel our resolve to defeat global jihadism.

After the attacks in Paris, President Obama made shocking comments on ISIS while in Antaylya, Turkey. He continues to see the world as he wants it to be, not as it it. The barbaric attacks in Paris are more than a ‘setback’. They are a sign ISIS is not contained and that the President’s policy of confusion, half-measures, and delay isn’t working. Our fight against ISIS is under-resourced and unfocused. And it is too reliant on President Obama’s political talking points rather than on sound policy and advice from our military commanders.

We must continue to take the fight to this enemy, and provide our military, intelligence services, and law enforcement with the resources and authorities they need to keep us safe. We must work with our allies to defend freedom and liberty around the world. It’s time for America to lead and stop ISIS abroad so it doesn’t attack us at home.

I have introduced the Liberty Through Strength Act, which would delay the termination of the USA FREEDOM Act until the President can certify that the new NSA collection system is as effective as the current system.

As I mentioned earlier, the terrorist attacks in Paris last week are a terrible reminder of the threats we face every day. And it made clear that the President’s empty policy of tough talk and little action isn’t working against ISIS. Regrettably, these policy follies also extend to the Intelligence Community, whose hands were tied by the passage of the USA FREEDOM ACT. This legislation, along with President Obama’s unilateral actions to restrict the Intelligence Community’s ability to track terrorist communications, takes us from a constitutional, legal, and proven NSA collection architecture to an untested, hypothetical one that will be less effective. And this transition will occur less than two weeks from today, at a time when our threat level is incredibly high.

If we take anything from the Paris attacks, it should be that vigilance and safety go hand-in-hand. Now is not the time to sacrifice our national security for political talking points. We should allow the Intelligence Community to do their job and provide them with the tools they need to keep us safe. Passing the Liberty Through Strength Act will empower the NSA to uncover threats against the United States and our allies, help keep terrorists out of the United States, and track down those responsible in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.

I recently joined CNN to discuss our national security and keeping America safe after the recent Paris terrorist attacks.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Governor Hutchinson Signs Letter of Intent with China's Sun Paper

China-based company is considering $1.3 billion project for south Arkansas

GUANGDONG PROVINCE, China – During Governor Asa Hutchinson’s trade mission to Asia, Governor Hutchinson joined Chairman and Founder of Sun Paper Hongxin Li on November 22 to sign a letter of intent of investment cooperation with Sun Paper, a China-based paper company that employs more than 10,000 people worldwide. Through this letter, Sun Paper commits to studying the feasibility of building a $1.3 billion pulp mill in south Arkansas.

The Governor’s Office along with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission will work closely with the company as they finalize details for the location for their new North American facility. This would be the company’s first facility in North America.

Sun Paper is headquartered in China’s Shandong Province and expects to make a final decision on the new facility by May 1, 2016.

“This is another great example of how important these trade missions are in marketing Arkansas to the rest of the world,” said Gov. Hutchinson. “Our time with Sun Paper in China was invaluable as we learned more specifics of the company’s plans for the next several months. As with all prospective projects, working through site location questions is a thorough process and we look forward to continuing to work with the company’s leadership to provide everything needed to make an informed decision. This is an important step in a long process, and I am pleased by Sun Paper’s readiness to commit to a specific timeline and to focus on locations in our state for this major investment.”

Joining Gov. Hutchinson and Chairman Li at the signing ceremony were U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston, and U.S. Consulate General Charles Bennett.

Should Sun Paper locate a new factory in Arkansas, it would be comparable to Big River Steel’s investment currently under construction in Mississippi County. Employment projections are not being disclosed.

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Syrian Refugees, A Security Threat?

In this episode of Tune-In, Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1) discusses the Syrian refugee problem in the wake of the Paris attacks, including legislation he introduced earlier this week in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Crawford also discusses advances in the highway bill conferencing process, and what that means for Arkansas.
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Rep. Westerman on Paris Terror Attacks, American SAFE Act

by Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-4) : The House passed the American SAFE Act on Thursday (Nov. 19). This common sense legislation is supported by the vast majority of America. It has bi-partisan support and it is a bill the president should support to prevent future attacks. My constituents and the American people should know we have other tools, including the upcoming Omnibus bill, we can use to protect the homeland should the president veto this legislation. The risks from radicalized terrorists both homegrown and from abroad will not go away, so the House will not stop working to protect America.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Gov. Asa Hutchinson: Vigilance in the Face of Terror

by Governor Asa Hutchinson: The horrific and inhumane acts of terror perpetrated in Paris over the weekend are reminders of the critical role of homeland security and how vigilant we must remain in the fight against terrorism. Some of the attackers reportedly posed as refugees to gain entrance into France — an issue that should concern all Americans.

As governor, my chief responsibility is to keep our state and people safe, which is why I have decided to oppose Arkansas being used as a relocation center for Syrian refugees.

I urge President Obama and Congress to act to protect our country during this time of heightened global tension. While we don’t have the authority on the state level to change federal policy, my fellow governors and I do have a duty to protect our states’ citizens, and we have a personal responsibility to act when we have the power to do so.

Like all Americans, Arkansans hurt for the Syrian refugees. The hardships they face are beyond most of our understanding, and my thoughts and prayers are with them, but I will not support a policy that poses real risk to Americans.

It is also not the best solution. Europe, Asia and Africa are more logical places for resettlement or temporary asylum. I know that the United States will support our European friends in fighting ISIL (ISIS), but the right strategy is not for this country to become a permanent place of relocation.

We live in a world where terrorists coordinate attacks on innocent civilians at a soccer game, fly airplanes into office buildings and eagerly trade their lives to murder others — often in the name of religious zealotry and hatred of the West.

We ignore these realities at our peril. We ignore this world at the risk of another terrorist attack. And another. And another.

Without some degree of certainty that refugees from Syria will not provide cover for terrorists, I cannot in good conscience allow my state to be their sanctuary.

We cannot let our guard down in the face of terror.

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Curtis Coleman: Why I'm Running for U.S. Senate

by Curtis Coleman candidate for US Senate, lays out his case for why John Boozman needs to be replaced, and his vision for a more prosperous and free future for Arkansas.


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Boozman Recognizes National Adoption Day - Saturday, November 21

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), applauded the recent passage of a Senate resolution recognizing November 21, 2015 as National Adoption Day and November as National Adoption Month.

“Every child deserves the love and support of a family. I am proud to support the goals and ideals of National Adoption Month and National Adoption Day and to recognize the families who have opened their hearts and homes to children in need of a safe, loving, permanent home. More than 700 children in Arkansas are waiting to become a part of a forever family. I encourage families to share their love with children through adoption,” Boozman said.

Boozman is a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. He cosponsored the Senate-passed resolution supporting National Adoption Month and National Adoption Day.

Events are planned across Arkansas in support of National Adoption Day.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Rep. Hill Introduces Legislation to Expand Refugee Vetting Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman French Hill (AR-2) introduced H.R. 4086, the Security Verification for Refugees Act, a bill that would expand the vetting process proposed under H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. In H.R. 4038, the term “covered alien” only includes refugees from Syria and Iraq.

H.R. 4086 would redefine the term “covered alien” to include anyone seeking asylum in America from a country that is designated as a high-risk threat to the United States by the U.S. Department of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Refugees applying for asylum from high-risk countries would require individual verification by DHS, FBI, and DNI before being granted admission to the United States. After introducing the bill, Congressman Hill released the following statement:

“America needs to remain a beacon of hope, liberty, and freedom for the rest of the world. However, in maintaining that promise, we also need to maintain our promise of defending the American people from the very real threats our enemies pose. Today’s vote in the House gets the ball moving in the right direction, but it is missing needed provisions that will avoid this same pitfall down the road.

“My bill takes what is good about the SAFE Act and broadens those provisions to apply to a refugee from any country that poses a high-risk threat to our democracy. The attacks in Paris were a tragic reminder of what our enemies are capable of and a wakeup call that we need to be not only reactive, but also proactive in how we deal with these threats. Like the SAFE Act, The Security Verification for Refugees Act will give Congress additional oversight of our entire refugee vetting process and create another layer of security to ensure that those seeking asylum in the United States are doing so because they want to live in the greatest country in world—not because they want to destroy it.”

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Rep. Westerman Condemns Paris Terror Attacks

WASHINGTON - Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement condemning the Paris terror attacks, which left hundreds dead and injured Friday (Nov. 13):“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Paris as they deal with this tragedy that has left 129 men and women dead and hundreds more injured. These attacks were committed by a group of radical Muslims in an attempt to spread their brand of cowardice and misery. These attempts to rob the French, Americans, and other democracies of their freedoms will only strengthen resolve against the terrorists' misguided and warped view of the world. I am sickened by not only these attacks, but also by President Barack Obama’s weak response. Just hours before the French capital came under attack, he absurdly claimed Daesh had been ‘contained.’ And then hours afterwards, the president released detainees from Guantanamo Bay. These are radicalized Muslims who history has shown are likely to end up back on the battlefield, killing innocent men, women, and children. America must show strength and stand with our French allies. We must stop the flow of radicalized Syrian refugees to America. We must put the safety of America and our allies above all else.”

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WakeUp Arkansas: A Constitutional Amendment That Could Bankrupt the State & Local Governments

ALERT! Another Arkansas legislative amendment designed to fool you the public is headed your way in the 2016 Election. It's Popular Name assigned by the Arkansas legislature: “An Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution Concerning Job Creation, Job Expansion, and Economic Development.” 

Title Sounds Good -- What A Deception! If approved it could bankrupt Arkansas or Your City or County.

It was created via Senate Joint Resolution 16 is by Senator Jon Woods and Representative Lance Eads and it will be on the November 2016 ballot as a proposed constitutional amendment.

Section 2 of the proposed amendment authorizes local governments to give taxpayers money to private organizations and individuals for economic development projects and economic development services. The purpose of the section is to overturn a 2015 court decision declaring it unconstitutional for local governments to give taxpayer money to the Chamber of Commerce because of Article 12, Section 5 of the Arkansas Constitution which says:No county, city, town or other municipal corporation, shall become a stockholder in any company, association, or corporation; or obtain or appropriate money for, or loan its credit to, any corporation, association, institution or individual. (Emphasis added)While local Chamber of Commerce organizations do some good for their communities, small businesses and grass roots groups frequently find themselves fighting against tax increases supported by their Chamber of Commerce.

Setting aside the questionable ethics issue for the moment, SJR 16 is just bad legislation   -- but it gets worse:
  • First, as mentioned above, it allows local governments to give away taxpayer money to a private corporation, association, institution or individual.
  • Second, currently under Amendment 82 the state can pledge no more than 5% of its general revenues to support private large business projects called “super projects”. Under Section 8 of the proposed amendment there is NO LIMIT on how much state revenue may be pledged to private super projects. (Theoretically, the state could approve the use of 100% of its general revenues or even more than 100%.) Just one legislature could ruin the state budget and cause the need for tax increases for years to come. (See CFA article: SJR16 of 2015 How much state money is enough to assist big business with super projects?)
  • Third, the proposal is deceptive and designed to fool uninformed voters. The Popular Name of the proposal is, “An Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution Concerning Job Creation, Job Expansion, and Economic Development.” Who could be against a proposal with that deceptive name?
There are additional problems with SJR16 and CFA that need to be discuss in the future. But, you the taxpayers can’t afford to wait until the 2016 election to learn about SJR16. If we wait, we may find our tax money being siphoned off for Representative’s Eads employer and other private interests.

[This summary was Adapted from an article by Conduit for Commerce]

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

DCCC Whiffs Big Time in Former Arkansas First Lady Hillary's State of Arkansas

by Zack Hunter, NRCC Spokesperson: Hey there – So how about House Democrats? It seems like just "yesterday" they were strutting around DC like they were the cock of the walk talking about how they would ride Hillary’s coattails back into a position of relevancy in Washington (oh wait… that actually was yesterday.) And then a bruising story comes out today about how they fell flat on their face trying to play in any House races in former Arkansas Fist Lady Hillary Clinton’s very own state of Arkansas.

Democrats failed to field a candidate in three of four Arkansas House races prior to yesterday’s filing deadline. And in the only seat where there is a Democratic challenger, the candidate has not raised enough money to even be required to file an FEC report. Not exactly promising for the DCCC and House Democrats who think Hillary is actually a draw to the Democratic ticket. It’s even more embarrassing when you consider that just last cycle the DCCC spent millions of dollars in the state try to pick up seats.

Such is life.

As an aside, House Democrats are delusional if they really think Hillary Clinton will help the Democratic ticket next November. The fact that Democrats failed so miserably to find candidates in Hillary Clinton’s "First Lady" home state where they spent millions of dollars last cycle shows just how lost at sea the Democrats truly are.

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Boozman Hails Passage of Resolutions to Stop EPA’s Carbon Rule Power-Grab

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement after voting in favor of resolutions that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from moving forward with its misguided carbon mandate:
Since the President couldn’t get his extreme carbon policy agenda through Congress, he has tried to force it through the EPA in a manner that gives Americans little opportunity for dissent.

By passing these resolutions of disapproval, we cast that dissenting vote for the American people.

These resolutions would prevent this carbon mandate power-grab from taking effect, protecting Arkansans from a dramatic increase in electricity costs, which would be devastating for low-income families and seniors living on fixed-incomes.

President Obama is set to meet with world leaders regarding his climate change policies next month and the Administration is promising to spend billions of taxpayer dollars to support its scheme. Even though the resolutions we passed today will likely be vetoed, passage of them shows our allies and adversaries that the U.S. Senate will not provide billions of taxpayer dollars for the President’s global climate slush fund.

The way to continue reducing emissions is through innovation, technology and positive incentives—not heavy-handed mandates that hurt the American worker and drive up energy bills across the country. The Senate spoke up for the American people today and the President needs to understand that.

Background: The Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows either the Senate or the House to approve a joint resolution of disapproval with the full force of law to stop a federal agency from implementing a recent rule or regulation. A resolution of disapproval introduced under the CRA cannot be filibustered and requires a simple majority in the Senate to pass if acted upon during a 60-day window.

The two resolutions — S.J.Res. 23, which would rescind the carbon emissions standards for new power plants and S.J.Res. 24, which would rescind the carbon emissions standard for existing power plants—passed the Senate by votes of 53-46 (S.J. Res 23) and 52-46 (S.J. Res. 24). They were passed primarily along party lines and did not require 60 votes for passage.

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Rep. Hill On Obama’s G20 Summit Remarks, Failure to Address ISIS & Release of Gitmo Terrorists

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman French Hill (AR-2) released the following statement after President Obama defended his Administration’s strategy to fight ISIS during a news conference at the Group of 20 (G20) summit today in Turkey:

President Obama has once again demonstrated that he remains tone deaf in his approach to protecting America and our allies. While the world mourns the senseless and horrific terrorist attacks on Paris, the President has refused to acknowledge that our strategy towards dealing with ISIS and terrorism abroad needs to evolve. Instead, he has doubled down on the failed policies that continue to leave us one step behind our enemy.

Worse even, the President announced the release of five Guantanamo terrorist detainees only hours after the attack, another move in his attempt to shut down a facility that provides a crucial strategic advantage in the Global War on Terror. What happened in Paris was an act of war and brutally demonstrated that the free world is under a full-frontal assault by radical Islamic fanatics. We can no longer sit idly and expect this problem to go away on its own; we need to stand with our allies throughout the world and lead the fight against ISIS.”

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International Property Maintenace Code Could Be Used Like IRS To Harass Property Owners

by Joyce Cook, Letter to Editor: The proposed International Property Maintenance Code that the Jonesboro City Council is considering appears to go too far in that it opens up another avenue for the government to meddle in our lives. (Supposedly the code has been "reworked" for Jonesboro, but why does Jonesboro need an "international code" anyway?)

The "Right of Entry" in the code is most troubling. We are told that the homeowner has to give permission for the government inspector to enter the home, but what if the homeowner won't grant that permission? What next?

Well, part 104.3 of the code states: "If entry is refused, the code official shall have recourse to the remedies provided by law to secure entry."

This proposal seems like it could border on violating the Fourth Amendment barring illegal searches and seizure.

It may start out innocently enough and the code official may never dream of overstepping his or her bounds, but somewhere down the line someone would likely be tempted. Remember that power corrupts. It wouldn't be the first time people with a little power used that to punish political enemies or someone they just plain didn't like.

For example, take the IRS. It is theoretically a nonpartisan agency, but it has become a tool of the Obama administration to harass conservative groups. The IRS has even admitted this! If President Barack Obama wanted it stopped all he would have to do would be to whip out his pen and cell phone.


In Wisconsin, conservative activists were subjected to midnight raids on their private homes by local police that were usually reserved for violent drug lords. (Read "Wisconsin's shame: I thought it was a home invasion.") Their only crime was supporting conservative causes.

Plus, the local fat cats would benefit. It would only take a call to the government inspector asking him to drum up some new business by fining people for something in their homes not being up to code. This official has the authority to interpret the code, so anything could be a violation. The fines would make the city coffers bigger and the business generated would make the fat cats richer.

So this proposed code needs to be thoroughly scrutinized. Furthermore, people in construction, plumbing, electrical work, etc., will be the most likely to benefit from this code. It's not right that those on the city council who are part of these professions be able to vote on an area that might benefit them.

1. International Property Maintenance Code

SECTION 104: Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code

DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE CODE OFFICIAL

[A] 104.1 General. The code official is hereby authorized and directed to enforce the provisions of this code. The code official shall have the authority to render interpretations of this code and to adopt policies and procedures in order to clarify the application of its provisions.

[A] 104.3 Right of entry. Where it is necessary to make an inspection to enforce the provisions of this code, or whenever the code official has reasonable cause to believe that there exists in a structure or upon a premises a condition in violation of this code, the code official is authorized to enter the structure or premises at reasonable times to inspect or perform the duties imposed by this code, provided that if such structure or premises is occupied the code official shall present credentials to the occupant and request entry... If entry is refused, the code official shall have recourse to the remedies provided by law to secure entry. http://www.jonesboro.org/444/Proposed-JPMC

2.IRS admits targeting conservative groups - https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/irs-admits-targeting-conservatives-for-tax-scrutiny-in-2012-election/2013/05/10/3b6a0ada-b987-11e2-92f3-f291801936b8_story.html

3. Wisconsin’s shame: “I thought it was a home invasion” - http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417155/wisonsins-shame-i-thought-it-was-home-invasion-david-french
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Joyce Cook lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas

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Hill Statement on Governor Hutchinson’s Decision to Deny Syrian Refugees Asylum in Arkansas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman French Hill (AR-2) released the following statement in response to Governor Asa Hutchinson’s announcement on Syrian refugees:

“I support the Governor’s decision for now to deny asylum to Syrian refugees in Arkansas. America needs to offer aid and support other humanitarian efforts to those seeking a life free of persecution. However, in light of Friday’s attacks in Paris and recent threats against our Nation’s capital, a plan to accept 10,000 refugees from a country with such deep ties to ISIS without a proven and effective screening process could create a substantial threat to the safety and security of the American people.”

Additional Information
FBI Director Admits US Can’t Vet All Syrian Refugees For Terror Ties

Senators want Obama to detail plans for vetting Syrian refugees

Ex-House Intelligence chairman: Refugees can’t be fully vetted

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Boozman, Cotton Call for Temporary Moratorium on U.S. Acceptance of Syrian Refugees

WASHINGTON — Arkansas’s two United States Senators, John Boozman and Tom Cotton, today called for a new policy on Syrian refugee resettlement in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

Specifically, Boozman and Cotton are calling for:
  • a temporary moratorium on resettlement;
  • a report to Congress from the President that evaluates security vetting procedures for refugees; and
  • a requirement that the President certify the integrity of the security vetting process as a condition of lifting the moratorium.
“The United States has a long history of accepting refugees fleeing from war torn countries like Syria. However, as we learn more about the Paris terror attacks, Arkansans are rightfully concerned that the Obama administration does not have an effective plan to protect Americans here at home,” Boozman said. “The one thing the federal government has to do is ensure national security. The administration must be able to assure Americans with confidence that those being given sanctuary are not coming here as threats to the U.S. The confidence of the American people that the government is taking the proper steps to ensure their protection simply isn’t there."

“The American people have long demonstrated unmatched compassion for the world’s persecuted and endangered. But when bringing refugees to our shores, the U.S. government must put the security of Arkansans and all Americans first. No terrorist should be able to take advantage of the refugee process to threaten the United States,” said Cotton. "Before moving forward with the president’s plan to expand refugee admissions from Syria, the security screening process for refugees must be evaluated and strengthened where any gaps exist. Furthermore, the United States’s reliance on the United Nations for referrals of Syrian refugees should also be re-evaluated. That reliance unintentionally discriminates against Syrian Christians and other religious minorities who are reluctant to register as refugees with the United Nations for fear of political and sectarian retribution."

Boozman and Cotton pledge to work closely and quickly with the President and their colleagues in Congress to improve the U.S.’s refugee resettlement system and protect the safety of Arkansans and all Americans.

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Arkansas Governor Hutchinson Opposes Syrian Refuge Center in Arkansas

ARRA News Service: Today, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson joined the growing list of other state governors opposing resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“As governor, I oppose any facility or installation in Arkansas being used as a Syrian refugee center. Many of the Syrian refugees are fleeing violence in their own country but Europe, Asia or Africa are logically the best places for resettlement or for temporary asylum. Syria is a war torn country and the United States will support our European friends in fighting ISIL in Syria and elsewhere; however, this is not the right strategy for the United States to become a permanent place of relocation. Again, I will oppose Arkansas being used as such a relocation center.

“The hardships facing these refugees and their families are beyond most of our understanding, and my thoughts and prayers are with them, but I will not support a policy that is not the best solution and that poses risk to Arkansans"

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Boozman Statement on Paris Terror Attacks

The Eiffel Tower gone dark
 after terrorist attack on Paris
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) the following statement regarding the Paris terrorist attacks:

"As a nation, we stand with France, our ally and partner in the war on terrorism, and offer our support in the wake of these unprovoked attacks in Paris.

The French government has been resolute in its efforts to confront radical Islam. We too must face this threat with the resolve required to eliminate it. The senseless attacks in Paris are a very tragic reminder that radical Islamic terrorism remains a very real threat to free and democratic nations and we must have a global strategy to attack terrorists and an effective plan to keep Americans safe here at home. We cannot be complacent in the face of this threat.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of France, the victims and their loved ones. We stand with you."

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Governor Hutchinson Announces Appointments

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced the following appointments:

Steve Rogers, Russellville, to the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame Board. Appointment expires September 1, 2021. Replaces Kathy Wheatley.

Roy Wert, Menifee, to the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame Board. Appointment expires September 1, 2021. Replaces Susan Altrui.

Tony Warner, Malvern, to the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame Board. Appointment expires September 1, 2019. Replaces Charles Dodson.

Rudy Ortiz, Scott, to the Minority Business Advisory Council. Appointment expires at the Will of the Governor.

Sylvester Smith, Camden, to the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. Appointment expires June 1, 2018. Replaces Jerry Adams.

Debra Hurd, Fayetteville, to the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board. Appointment expires June 30, 2018. Replaces Laura Printz.

Dr. Leigh Anne Bennett, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board. Appointment expires June 30, 2018. Reappointment.

Dr. Meenakshi Budhraja, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board. Appointment expires June 30, 2018. Reappointment.

Bennett Downs, Bryant, to the Arkansas State Respiratory Care Examining Committee. Appointment expires August 7, 2018. Reappointment.

Quinyatta Mumford, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Board of Health Education. Appointment expires July 31, 2018. Replaces Rosemary Alcon.

Angela Turner, White Hall, to the Arkansas Board of Health Education. Appointment expires July 31, 2018. Replaces Amanda Harvey.

Dr. Brad Erney, Jonesboro, to the Arkansas Board of Health Education. Appointment expires July 31, 2018. Replaces Sabra Miller.

Bishop Gregory Brown, Osceola, to the Arkansas Veterans’ Commission. Appointment expires October 15, 2020. Reappointment.

Len Cotton, Dardanelle, to the Arkansas Veterans’ Commission. Appointment expires October 15, 2020. Reappointment.

Dr. Robert Mason, Fort Smith, to the Arkansas Veterans’ Commission. Appointment expires October 15, 2020. Replaces Terry Williams.

Phillip Lea, Russellville, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District #5. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Replaces Billy Sorrells.

Paul Boss, Green Forest, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District #19 East. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Replaces Robert Tetu.

Howard Coston, Malvern, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District #7. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Reappointment.

Stacey Caplener, Pleasant Plains, to the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board. Appointment expires October 14, 2018. Reappointment.

Charles Johnson, Texarkana, to the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board. Appointment expires October 14, 2018. Replaces James Tolewitzke.

Chad Mosby, El Dorado, to the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board. Appointment expires October 14, 2018. Reappointment.

Earl Owens, Walnut Ridge, to the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board. Appointment expires October 14, 2018. Replaces Christopher Jones.

Thomas Scott, Little Rock, to the State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors. Appointment expires July 1, 2019. Replaces Nora Moses.

Whitney Weeks, Fayetteville, to the Arkansas Scenic Resources Preservation Coordinating Committee. Appointment expires October 1, 2019. Replaces William Watson.

Billy Burrough, Hot Springs, to the State Marketing Board for Recyclables. Appointment expires July 31, 2019. Replaces Carl Freel.

George Wheatley, Fayetteville, to the State Marketing Board for Recyclables. Appointment expires July 31, 2019. Reappointment.

David Beck, White Hall, to the Information Network of Arkansas. Appointment expires December 31, 2017. Replaces Matt Cashion.

Shelli Jordan, Little Rock, to the Information Network of Arkansas. Appointment expires December 31, 2017. Replaces Fred Vining.

Andrea Walker, Jonesboro, to the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission. Appointment expires November 15, 2018. Reappointment.

Therral Story, Magnolia, to the Board of Trustees of Southern Arkansas University. Appointment expires January 14, 2017. Replaces O.A. Franks.

Jana Brady, Fayetteville, to the Arkansas State Board of Acupuncture and Related Techniques. Appointment expires July 31, 2018. Reappointment.

Dillard Martin, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Board of Hearing Instrument Dispensers. Appointment expires July 31, 2016. Replaces Marlin Freeman.

Everett Elam, Little Rock, to the Board of Trustees of the Arkansas School for the Blind and the Arkansas School for the Deaf. Appointment expires January 14, 2016. Replaces Roy DePriest.

Mike Horton, Hensley, to the Arkansas Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics Advisory Board. Appointment expires September 1, 2018. Reappointment.

Connie Melton, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics Advisory Board. Appointment expires September 1, 2018. Replaces Renee Mallory.

Mike Whitmore, Rogers, to the Arkansas History Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2022. Replaces Samuel Granade.

Dr. Mark Reiner, Jonesboro, to the Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine. Appointment expires September 1, 2018. Replaces Dr. Harvey Brown.

Catherine Acre, Greenbrier, to the Arkansas State Occupational Therapy Examining Committee. Appointment expires March 1, 2020. Reappointment.

Sandra Pugh, El Dorado, to the Arkansas State Occupational Therapy Examining Committee. Appointment expires March 1, 2020. Replaces Deborah Gangluff.

Mandia Carden, Bryant, to the Arkansas State Occupational Therapy Examining Committee. Appointment expires March 1, 2016.

Beth Rush, Hamburg, to the Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Board. Appointment expires August 1, 2019. Replaces Heather Stevens.

Judge Rusty McMillon, Paragould, to the Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Board. Appointment expires August 1, 2019. Replaces Kasey Summerville.

Kalene Griffith, Bentonville, to the State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2021. Replaces Mark Givens.

Richard Sims, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board. Appointment expires April 1, 2018. Replaces Marylea Gazette.

Greg Ashcraft, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Lifeline Individual Verification Effort Corporation. Appointment expires March 1, 2018. Reappointment.

Mark Spradley, Little Rock, as a Special Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas. CV-15-493 Myrtle Steven v. SEECO, Inc. Replaces Justice Rhonda Wood.

Steve Schulte, Roland, as a Special Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas. CV-15-493 Myrtle Steven v. SEECO, Inc. Replaces Justice Paul Danielson.

Keith Chrestman, Jonesboro, as a Special Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas. CV-15-493 Myrtle Steven v. SEECO, Inc. Replaces Justice Karen Baker.

Amy Driver, Fayetteville, as a Special Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas. CV-15-493 Myrtle Steven v. SEECO, Inc. Replaces Justice Robin Wynne.

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Arkansas Mission to Asia

by Governor Asa Hutchinson : Sometimes being Governor of Arkansas requires being a salesman of sorts. Next week, I leave home to pitch Arkansas to international business leaders. Luckily, I have an incredible product to sell. That’s the Natural State, with all it has to offer new and expanding businesses.

Over the next two weeks, I’ll be on the road again to promote and sell Arkansas to the world. Mike Preston, Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, and I will be leading a trade mission to Japan and China.

This will be my third major trade mission out of the country since taking office. I’ve already been to Europe and Cuba. While in Europe, we focused on the aerospace and steel industries at trade shows in France and Germany. In Cuba, our focus was on creating trade opportunities for poultry, rice and agricultural products.

In Asia, our purpose is twofold:

First, we want to recruit new industry to Arkansas. I’ll be meeting with more than a dozen companies and contacting government officials in both countries.

Second, we want to visit with companies that already have investments in the United States — particularly in Arkansas.

There are 18 Japanese companies located in Arkansas, and they employ more than 5,400 people. Nucor-Yamato Steel and Rheem Manufacturing are two of the largest foreign-owned companies in our state. I want to ensure that these and other international companies have what they need to stay and grow in our state.

In China, we will visit several provinces, meet with government officials and reach out to businesses. I especially want to make the connection between Arkansas and one of China’s biggest retail companies — Walmart.

I think we have failed to truly capitalize on that connection. As Walmart’s international headquarters, Arkansas has a home-field edge over other states — and we should take advantage of that. In recent years, Walmart has put an emphasis on returning manufacturing to the United States. For those Chinese companies looking to do business with Walmart, there’s no better place to locate than right here in Arkansas.

It is important to recognize that business is conducted differently in China than here in the United States. To a certain extent, businesses in China are still centrally controlled by the government. This is why it is so vital to meet these leaders face-to-face and establish relationships on Asian soil. It is imperative that we get the word out about Arkansas. And when the word comes directly from the state’s chief executive, it gets a little more attention.

This trade mission will produce results over time. Doing business in Arkansas is a concept that I can sell all day, anywhere.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Boozman-Authored Language Giving Military Retirees Honor They Deserve Included in Comprehensive Senate-Passed Bill

WASHINGTON – A comprehensive veterans bill passed by the Senate earlier this week includes language authored by U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) to honor as veterans, Guard and Reserve retirees who served honorably for a minimum of 20 years but do not meet the active duty service requirement to qualify them as veterans under existing law.

Current law defines a veteran as servicemen and women who have served on active duty, other than for training, for 180 consecutive days or more. Boozman’s language would add an honorary veteran status provision and allow these Guard and Reserve retirees to be recognized as a veteran. Due to the fact that no additional benefits beyond the title of veteran are extended to these retirees, there is no cost associated with this legislation. Boozman worked with his colleagues on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee to ensure bipartisan support for this legislation which has been stalled in the Senate for many years.

“In the years since 9/11, our National Guard and Reserve forces have seen significant mobilizations and active duty service. However, prior to 9/11 there were many National Guardsmen and Reservists who served faithfully for twenty or more years, ready to answer the call to active duty, who are not considered veterans under the government’s definition because the call to active duty service never came. National Guard and Reserve members who selflessly serve in defense of our country should be honored for their sacrifice. These men and women earned this recognition for their steadfast commitment to our national security and Armed Forces and rightfully deserve to be honored with the title of veteran,” Boozman said.

Boozman’s language was included in the 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery and Other Improvements Act, which was originally introduced by Senator Dean Heller (R-NV). Among other things, the comprehensive bill includes measures to:
  • Address disability claims and appeals processing at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  • Increase cooperation between the VA and other agencies, including the National Guard Bureau, Department of Defense and Department of Labor.
  • Improve the Transition Assistance Program for service members who are leaving the military.
  • Expand the VA medical workforce by updating training programs and recruitment efforts.
  • Improve the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve education program and Post 9/11 GI Bill.
  • Assist surviving spouses of veteran owners of small businesses.
  • Revive a pilot program that hired veteran medics and corpsmen to be skilled nursing assistants in VA’s emergency departments.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Boozman Launches ‘Salute to Veterans’ to Honor Service and Sacrifice of Arkansans Who Served in Uniform

Recognizes 93-year-old WWII Army Veteran
Click here to watch excerpts of the interview with Owens
WASHINGTON – In honor of Veterans Day, U.S. Senator John Boozman launched his inaugural ‘Salute to Veterans’, highlighting the service and sacrifice of North Little Rock World War II veteran Arlis Owens.

Owens was a 19-year-old newlywed living in El Paso, Arkansas when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served with Battery A of the 250th Field Artillery Battalion where he drove a truck and set up the guns, a position he thought would keep him safe.

“I was glad I was where I was at,” Owens said “until we were connected with the French Armored, then we went a head of everybody. We were supposed to be in the back.”

Owens spent nearly two years in Europe, enduring 297 days of combat conditions without a break. He saw firsthand some of the bloodiest battles of the war including the D-Day invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.

“That was a bad, bad place,” Owens said about the Battle of the Bulge. “That was the only time we run, and I mean we run fast.”

During his time overseas, Owens didn’t communicate with his bride or his family.

“Why write,” he said. The military “had a building that all the mail went to and they had employees that went through all the mail and they would cut out anything that said might detect where you were and what you were doing,” Owens recalled.

“Arlis Owens is an American hero. He fought on the frontlines in Europe to defend the world against tyranny. As a member of the Greatest Generation, there is a lot we can learn from people like Arlis whose service and sacrifice shaped the future of the world. Honoring Arlis and our veterans by sharing their experiences of serving our nation in uniform is important to understanding our history,” Boozman said.

The entire interview with Owens will be submitted to the Veterans History Project, an initiative of the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center to collect and retain the oral histories of our nation’s veterans.

Do you know a veteran who you would like Senator Boozman to feature in his Salute to Veterans? Nominate an Arkansas veteran to share their story at Boozman_submissions@boozman.senate.gov.

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Senator Tom Cotton's 2015 Veterans Day Message

by Senator Tom Cotton: Today we honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans and thank them for their service to our country. These brave men and women put their country and fellow Americans ahead of themselves. Their contribution to our lives cannot be overstated.

As the proud son and grandson of veterans, and as a veteran myself, this day has special meaning to me and my family—just as it does to so many Americans. I understand not only the difficulties our troops face while serving in the military, but also the hardships endured by the families at home while their loved ones are serving. I also know the struggles many veterans face when they return home. We must provide our veterans with the resources, care, and support they deserve.

We each pray that our troops will not again be called into battle. Our veterans in particular seek peace, because they know the depredations of war. Yet they also know something deeper, in the words of John Stuart Mill:War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.So today and every day, let us remember our veterans and the cause for which they fought.

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