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Womack Statement on USMCA Implementation

Washington, DC—July 1, 2020….Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) released the following statement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s (USMCA) entry into force today. This critical trade deal, which Womack continually advocated for and voted to pass last year, modernizes U.S. trade policies with Canada and Mexico – two of Arkansas’s top trading partners. The agreement provides a strong framework that will support economic growth, enhance market access, create jobs, and unleash new sources of opportunity:

“The USMCA’s entry into force marks a new chapter of opportunity for Arkansas and America. This long-term investment ushers in a 21st century trade framework that will expand market access and support the Natural State’s hardworking farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and workers. By rebalancing trade with critical partners, we will deliver more jobs and greater prosperity across the nation. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas House of Representatives Update 6-29-2020

To date, only 56.5% of Arkansans have responded to the 2020 United States Census. Nationally, the response rate is 61.7%. It is not too late to respond. Arkansans are encouraged to respond online at 2020census.gov.

If you have not responded, you may soon be receiving a reminder in the mail. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of census taker visits from mid-May to mid-August, giving the Census Bureau the opportunity to send one more reminder to households encouraging them to respond online, by phone or by mail. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Louie Gohmert: RICO Should Be Used to Fight Leftist Crime Wave

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) Statement:

Louie GohmertUS RepresentativeTX 1st Congressional District

This nation has never been perfect and even embraced the atrocity of slavery, but it has continued to improve, sometimes dramatically, throughout our history, and has continued to sacrifice like no other nation to liberate others in the world. Now, however, there are those who want to destroy the only form of government that allows the kind of self-improvement we have made. Many have peacefully protested for good reason, but those who have taken the injustice sparks and fanned them into the burning our country need to answer for their crimes. There are those who had organized, raised money from unknown sources in order to take advantage of an injustice and use it to create a new Bolshevik or Marxist revolution. That would lead us into an Orwellian, totalitarian government where God is denied, except the god of a dictatorial government. Continue Reading →

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USDA Awards Arkansas $75 Million for Electric Infrastructure Program

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Washington, DC: U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack, and Bruce Westerman— applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for awarding a $75 million loan to Arkansas Electric Co-op Corps through the Electric Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. As part of the Electric Loan Program, Arkansas Electric Co-op Corps is receiving these funds to build and improve electric transmission and distribution lines across the state, which will benefit thousands of residents in rural areas. The loan also includes funding for smart grid technology, which uses digital communications to detect and react to local changes in electricity usage. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized these programs, allowing USDA to carry out rural broadband initiatives. “Rural broadband connectivity has always been an issue in Arkansas. Continue Reading →

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Two Local Arkansas Women Elected to National Convention

Every four years the DNC and the RNC hold national conventions with delegates and this year two Texarkana, Arkansas women will be in attendance at the RNC. Texarkana, AR: The Democratic National Convention (DNC) and the Republican National Convention (RNC) are both gearing up for their respective conventions later this year. As part of that process, both conventions usually have delegates. For the Republican National Convention, delegates are elected from districts and then at a state level . These delegates go to the national convention and cast the votes for the party nomination for President. Continue Reading →

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Womack Supports Introduction of JUSTICE Act

Rep. Womack supports the introduction of the JUSTICE Act in the U.S. House of Representatives as an original cosponsor

Washington, DC.: Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) joined Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-8), Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), and more than one hundred of their colleagues to introduce the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act in Congress this week. The bill focuses on strengthening transparency, accountability, and performance of law enforcement to support the protection and care of our communities and equal justice under the law: 

Congressman Womack said, “The men and women who wear the badge have accepted a duty to protect and serve, and citizens rightfully expect the highest standard of integrity and commitment from law enforcement. While the vast majority of officers uphold that sacred oath each day, we can’t turn a blind eye to those who’ve abused their authority. The JUSTICE Act takes meaningful steps to strengthen policing and ensure equal protection under the law. By improving training, enhancing reporting transparency, increasing resources for body cameras, and holding bad actors accountable—we can ensure safer communities for all Americans. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas House of Rep Update 5-19-2020: Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship

A few weeks ago, we reminded Arkansans of the upcoming deadline for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. This week, we received word that the deadline has been extended to August 1. Unlike in prior years, students who are already receiving the scholarship, have a sufficient number of hours, and have earned satisfactory academic progress before March 27 are automatically eligible for the scholarship for the 2020 fall semester. 

Traditional students must score at least 19 on the ACT to qualify for the scholarship. The latest ACT score accepted by Arkansas Department of Higher Education will be from the July testing. Students who have yet to achieve a score of 19 on the ACT may take the Accuplacer test remotely as a substitute. 

Meanwhile, we want to remind Arkansans of another valuable scholarship funded by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas House of Representatives Update 6-12-2020

This week, the House Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee reviewed the 2019 Annual Report from Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division. 

This report along with the quarterly reports from the Department of Human Services’ Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) are difficult to review but necessary in guiding our decisions of where to place resources. The annual report states Child Abuse Hot Line operators in the Crimes Against Children Division (CACD) of the Arkansas State Police received 67,420 referrals in the year 2019. Of these referrals, 37,591 were accepted as legally valid allegations of abuse or neglect. They were assigned to the CACD investigators or the Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS). In 2019, the hotline received 652 fewer calls than in 2018. Calls to the hotline include educational and medical neglect, inadequate food and housing, and physical and sexual abuse. Continue Reading →

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Conservative Jason Ross Announces Campaign for Congress in the 4th Congressional District of Texas

ROCKWALL, TX – Business owner and former District Chief of Staff for Congressman John Ratcliffe, Jason Ross, officially announced his candidacy for the ballot replacement process in the 4th Congressional District of Texas. “I am a limited government conservative, with a lifetime of service to the Republican Party. I know first-hand that small businesses are the backbone of America, not big government. I will work to unleash the power of American ingenuity and economic opportunity by removing barriers to innovation, simplifying regulations, and cutting red tape. I will fight for President Trump’s agenda to protect America, the sanctity of all human life, and our Second Amendment rights,” Ross said. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas House of Rep Update 6-5-2020

This week, we want to remind you of a quickly approaching deadline for incoming and returning college students. The deadline to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship is July 1. The Academic Challenge Program provides scholarships to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education. Funded in large part by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the Academic Challenge Scholarship is available to students just graduating from high school, currently enrolled in college, enrolling in college for the first time, or re-enrolling after a period of time out of college. 

In the ten years since its inception, the lottery has raised more than $945 million to help provide more than 542,000 scholarships for college students. More than 92 cents of every dollar of lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions, and other expenses in Arkansas. Continue Reading →

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