Boozman Bulletin: Serving Arkansans
Every day I hear from Arkansans who are having trouble resolving problems with federal agencies. More than 3,000 Arkansans reached out to my office for this reason last year alone. My staff working for you to resolve these problems has more than 61 combined years of experience navigating our complex bureaucracy and getting answers Arkansans are waiting for. Iâ€™m proud of what my staff and I have accomplished to resolve issues involving the federal government on behalf of hardworking Arkansas families. Thatâ€™s why I want to share some of those stories.
Click here to hear from Arkansans who weâ€™ve helped <www.youtube.com/watch
Weâ€™re ready to help you too. Last year my staff hosted 23 successful mobile office events and our goal is to do even more in 2015. Here are some of the locations weâ€™ll be this week:
Wednesday, February 11
Boone County Mobile Office
Boone County Senior Activity and Wellness Center
1510 Rock Springs Road, Harrison
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lawrence County Mobile Office
Lawrence County Courthouse, Foyer
315 West Main Street, Walnut Ridge
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Siloam Springs Mobile Office
First Bank Community Room
200 North Progress, Suite 100, Siloam Springs
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Van Buren Mobile Office
Fairfield Bay Conference Center
110 Lost Creek Parkway, Fairfield Bay
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday, February 12
Alma Mobile Office
Alma Senior Center
248 Collum Lane East, Alma
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Friday, February 13
Magnolia Mobile Office
Magnolia Chamber of Commerce
211 West Main Street, Magnolia
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act: The Senate unanimously passed this bill that will improve mental health care and suicide prevention resources for veterans by increasing access to mental health programs, providing incentives to recruit and retain psychiatrists to treat veterans and enhancing resources for members of the military transitioning to civilian life. If you missed my floor speech during the debate, you can watch it here. <www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2015/2/boozman-votes-for-improvements-to-va-mental-health-services>
Mondayâ€™s edition of Roll Call included my opinion piece about the importance of the Clay Hunt SAV Act and what next steps we should take to prevent suicides among veterans.<www.rollcall.com/news/building_on_momentum_to_improve_va_mental_health_services-239886-1.html>
DHS Funding and the Presidentâ€™s Executive Overreach: In case you missed it, I spoke with the Washington Examiner about why I think defunding Obamaâ€™s executive actions on immigration is a â€śmust haveâ€ť in any new legislation to fund DHS. <www.washingtonexaminer.com/gop-weighs-how-far-to-push-on-dhs-funding/article/2559757>
The Presidentâ€™s Out-of-Touch Budget Proposal: President Obama announced his FY 2016 Budget proposal last week. If implemented, the Presidentâ€™s proposal would create $2.1 trillion in new taxes, increase spending by 65 percent and add $8.5 trillion to the debt over the next ten years. It would fully fund Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with no restrictions on the Presidentâ€™s executive order declaring amnesty. Read why this is out-of-touch with the needs and concerns of the American people.<www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2015/2/boozman-president-s-budget-is-out-of-touch-with-the-needs-of-hardworking-taxpayers>
Senate Approves Keystone Pipeline: After more than three weeks of debate and votes on several amendments, the Senate passed, with my support, the Keystone pipeline. I encourage the President to join with Congress to get this project moving, instead of being the one to hold it back. <www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases
Lifting Ban on Travel to Cuba: I joined a bipartisan group of colleagues to introduce legislation that would end restrictions on travel to Cuba unfairly imposed on American citizens and legal residents. I believe that the way you change the world is through personal relationships. If we are serious about bringing real change to Cuba, we need to expose the Cuban people to our democratic ideals.<www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases
Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman: Iâ€™m proud to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management for the 114th Congress. This subcommitteeâ€™s work is important to the wellbeing of our agricultural economy and protecting producers.
What I'm Co-Sponsoring: Repealing Obamacare Act, Balanced Budget Amendment & More: I added my support to several bills, including efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, a Constitutional amendment that would require Washington to balance its budget and a bill to hold Iran accountable if the regime refuses to negotiate a deal regarding Tehran's nuclear program by June 30th. Read about these bills and more in this blog post.<www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases
Protecting Religious Minorities: I joined my colleagues on a letter urging Secretary of State John Kerry to do more to protect Assyrian Christians and other minorities in the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq from the attacks of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.<www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/dr-boozman-s-check-up
UA Mentoring Program for Veteran and Minority Farmers Receives Federal Funding: I joined with U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and U.S. Representative Steve Womack (AR-3) to announce that the University of Arkansas (UA) has been awarded funding to develop an online and in-person training and mentoring program for military veterans and minority farmers.<www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2015/2/boozman-cotton-womack-announce-funding-for-ua-mentoring-program-for-veteran-and-minority-farmers>
Skype with Schools: During National School Choice Week I had the opportunity to skype with students at Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville and LISA Academy in central Arkansas. Students at these public charter schools said having educational options was important to them because it allows them to be better prepared for their interests beyond high school graduation. Watch the KNWA story about my skype session with Haas Hall students.<www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/videos