Steve Womack

Steve Womack

ARKANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Coffee with the Congressman – Lowell

2016/06/29

Don’t miss the chance to join me for coffee!

Coffee with the Congressman – Lowell

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, from 8:30-9:30AM CDT
Lowell City Hall
216 North Lincoln Street
Lowell, AR 72745

 

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Gravette Mobile Office Stop

2016/06/23

In the Third District, I have offices located in Rogers, Fort Smith, and Harrison. But I understand that many constituents aren't able – or don’t have the time – to travel to the nearest office.

That’s why I am sending my office to YOU!

Come to my Mobile Office and allow my staff to assist you in your own town.

Gravette Mobile Office Stop
Thursday, June 23, 2016, from 2:00PM – 4:00PM CT
Gravette City Hall
604 First Avenue Southeast
Gravette, AR 72736

Questions? Call my Rogers office for more information at (479) 464-0446.
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ICYMI: Womack Addresses Defense Appropriations on House Floor

2016/06/16

On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, in a speech given on the House Floor, Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) spoke in support of H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017.  H.R. 5293 was subsequently passed today by the House.  The bill provides funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) for military activities for fiscal year 2017.


“I rise in support of the FY 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill.  In a world that is more dangerous and more complex than ever before, it’s critically important that we ensure our military remains the best trained, the best equipped, and the best supported on the planet.  This bill takes that next step towards fulfilling these necessary goals. 

“After years of budget cuts and sequestration, we are at a point now where we can no longer ask our military to keep meeting the needs of our nation without providing the right amount of resources.  

“Mr. Chairman, if we are unable to provide our troops with proper funding, I fear that very soon we will find ourselves at risk of sending our men and women in uniform into conflict without the training, equipment, or support that they need.  Our brave Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines deserve better.  And this Defense bill does better by helping our military return to full-spectrum readiness in order to properly meet the challenges our Nation is facing on all fronts and across the globe.  

“I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do what’s right for America by doing what’s right for the men and women who sacrifice so much to ensure the freedoms that we enjoy today.  Vote yes on the bill.  Vote yes for a strong American military.  Vote yes to send a message to all our enemies, that the American military is as strong as ever, and that the United States remains steadfast and capable of defending herself and her allies against those who wish to do us harm.

“I want to thank my friend, Chairman Frelinghuysen, the Ranking Member of the subcommittee, Mr. Visclosky, for their tireless work on behalf of our Congress, and on behalf of the American public.  And I yield back the balance of my time.”

Congressman Steve Womack has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011 and serves on the House Appropriations Defense, Financial Services and General Government, and Labor-Health and Human Services subcommittees and the House Committee on the Budget.

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Arkansas Delegation, Chairman Bishop Applaud Committee Passage of APPROVAL Act

2016/06/15

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3), Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1), Congressman French Hill (AR-2), Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-4), and Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-1) released the following statements after the Assuring Private Property Rights Over Vast Access to Land (APPROVAL) Act (H.R. 3062) today passed out of the House Committee on Natural Resources by a vote of 19-11. 

“The success of the APPROVAL Act in committee today is yet another positive step toward passage in a long and hard-fought battle to allow states to retain the historic precedent of authority for interstate transmission projects.  The Administration has consistently demonstrated a lack of acknowledgment of this right through three years of conversations with our delegation leading us to this legislative fix, and I commend my colleagues for recognizing the need to reverse this all-too-common trend of ceding power to the federal government through their overwhelming support for my legislation.  I will continue to work to prevent DOE from solidifying this unprecedented process for transmission infrastructure approval,” said Congressman Womack, lead sponsor of H.R. 3062.

“State officials and residents should be able to decide what’s best for Arkansas, and the APPROVAL Act works to ensure that Arkansas’s decision concerning this transmission line is final and respected,” said Congressman Crawford

“Local review and input are beneficial to the assessment of large, complex projects such as this proposal.  I am grateful for the leadership of Congressman Womack and Senators Boozman and Cotton on this important issue for Arkansas,” said Congressman Hill.

“I was pleased to see the APPROVAL Act reported favorably by the House Natural Resources Committee today, and I thank Chairman Bishop for his leadership.  I also thank Congressman Womack for introducing this legislation and the members of the Arkansas delegation who have stood with the citizens who elected us.  The right to private property is fundamental to a free society.  Unfortunately, the federal government continues to show little respect for this important personal liberty.  This bill provides flexibility and empowers our states by ensuring they have the final say on eminent domain.  In Arkansas, it would stop an unprecedented use of federal authority to give privately-held land to an out-of-state, private corporation.  I hope to see the APPROVAL Act move through the House of Representatives in a timely manner,” said Congressman Westerman, member of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

“This bill is crucial to protecting private property rights of all Arkansans.  It elevates state voices, allowing those impacted to have a say in proposed interstate transmission projects.  I thank the entire Arkansas Congressional Delegation for this commonsense legislation to ensure the protection of private property rights,” said Chairman Bishop of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

The APPROVAL Act, introduced by Congressman Womack with the support of the entire Arkansas delegation in July 2015, directs the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to obtain approval from a governor and state public service commission, prior to approval of any Section 1222 transmission project and subsequent use of federal eminent domain, as well as the approval of any tribal government for affected lands.  The APPROVAL Act creates additional protections for states, as well as individuals, by requiring these projects – if approved – to be placed on federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers whenever possible.  The Senate companion bill, S. 485, was introduced by Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) in February 2015. 

The DOE conditionally approved the first application for Section 1222 authority by Clean Line Energy Partners, LLC through the Plains & Eastern project following the end of the second public comment period on March 25, 2016.  This high voltage direct current (HVDC) electric transmission line, if approved, would cross the entire state of Arkansas despite being denied a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Arkansas Public Service Commission. 

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Womack Statement on Passage of PROMESA

2016/06/09

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement after supporting House-passage of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA; H.R. 4900):

“The passage of this important, bipartisan legislation will help put the territory of Puerto Rico and her people back on firmer footing after years of poor governance that led them down this path of economic decline.  Through the establishment of a responsible and experienced fiscal oversight and management board, coupled with the repeal of harmful Obama Administration policies such as the Department of Labor Overtime Rule and an expansion of the federal minimum wage, Puerto Rico will be able to take the actions necessary to turn this dire situation around.  All of this is accomplished alongside minimum debt restructuring with no cost to the taxpayers, and I am proud to support it.”

Congressman Steve Womack has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011 and serves on the House Appropriations Defense, Financial Services and General Government, and Labor-Health and Human Services subcommittees and the House Committee on the Budget.

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Dover Mobile Office Stop

2016/06/06

In the Third District, I have offices located in Rogers, Fort Smith, and Harrison. But I understand that many constituents aren't able – or don’t have the time – to travel to the nearest office.

That’s why I am sending my office to YOU!

Come to my Mobile Office and allow my staff to assist you in your own town.

Dover Mobile Office Stop
Monday, June 6, 2016, from 11:00AM – 1:00PM CT
Dover City Hall
8904 Market Street
Dover, AR 72837

Questions? Call my Fort Smith office for more information at (479) 424-1146.
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Green Forest Mobile Office Stop

2016/06/01

In the Third District, I have offices located in Rogers, Fort Smith, and Harrison. But I understand that many constituents aren't able – or don’t have the time – to travel to the nearest office.

That’s why I am sending my office to YOU!

Come to my Mobile Office and allow my staff to assist you in your own town.

Green Forest Mobile Office Stop
Wednesday, June 1, 2016, from 10:00AM – 12:00PM CT
Green Forest Library
206 East Main Street
Green Forest, AR 72638

Questions? Call my Harrison office for more information at (870) 741-6900.
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Womack Supports FY 2017 NDAA Passage

2016/05/19

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement after supporting House-passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 (H.R. 4909):

“In a world that is more dangerous and more complex than ever before, it is critically important that we ensure our military remains the best trained, equipped, and supported in the world.  The FY 2017 NDAA is the first step to fulfilling this goal, and I am proud to have voted in favor of its passage.  In an often gridlocked Congress, this bill makes a clear and unequivocal statement to our enemies: supported by a Congress that stands united in ensuring our military can complete its mission at home and abroad, the United States remains steadfast and capable of defending herself and her allies against those who wish to do us harm.”

Congressman Steve Womack has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011 and serves on the House Appropriations Defense, Financial Services and General Government, and Labor-Health and Human Services subcommittees and the House Committee on the Budget.

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RFS Mandate is Unsustainable

2016/05/18

U.S. Representatives Bill Flores (R-TX), Peter Welch (D-VT), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jim Costa (D-CA) and Steve Womack (R-AR) issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed 2017 renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):

“The proposed increases in the volume of ethanol under the current RFS will continue to harm America’s consumers and economy while adversely impacting the environment. The EPA’s proposal forces more ethanol into the market than our current infrastructure can handle. This is unsustainable and increases food and fuel costs on hardworking American families. House Members have put forth bipartisan solutions to cap fuel ethanol volumes to match current market realities and lessen the impact of the ethanol mandate on hardworking families and businesses. It is time we move forward with solutions that will have a positive impact on the American economy while lowering emissions and protecting consumers.” 

Click here to read more about H.R. 5180, the Food and Fuel Consumer Protection Act. Click here to read more about H.R. 704, the RFS Reform Act.    

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Womack Statement on Transgender Bathroom Guidance

2016/05/13

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's transgender bathroom guidance:

"President Obama's transgender bathroom guidance is yet another example of this administration with a solution in search of a problem.  Despite having visited schools across the Third District, the guidance from the Departments of Justice and Education is the first time I've heard of this being an issue in Arkansas. With so many issues facing our country, the Obama Administration should not focus its energy on transgender bathrooms and bullying our states and our schools by threatening to withhold Department of Education funding. There is simply no need for a blanket federal policy that covers every school bathroom in America."

Congressman Steve Womack has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011 and serves on the House Appropriations Defense, Financial Services and General Government, and Labor-Health and Human Services subcommittees and the House Committee on the Budget.

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Centerton Mobile Office Stop

2016/05/12

In the Third District, I have offices located in Rogers, Fort Smith, and Harrison. But I understand that many constituents aren't able – or don’t have the time – to travel to the nearest office.

That’s why I am sending my office to YOU!

Come to my Mobile Office and allow my staff to assist you in your own town.

Centerton Mobile Office Stop
Thursday, May 12, 2016, from 2:00PM – 4:00PM CDT
Centerton City Hall
290 Main Street
Centerton, AR 72719

Questions? Call my Rogers office for more information at (479) 464-0446. Read More

Cedarville Mobile Office Stop

2016/05/10

In the Third District, I have offices located in Rogers, Fort Smith, and Harrison. But I understand that many constituents aren't able – or don’t have the time – to travel to the nearest office.

That’s why I am sending my office to YOU!

Come to my Mobile Office and allow my staff to assist you in your own town.

Cedarville Mobile Office Stop
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, from 11:00AM – 1:00PM CDT
Cedarville Public Library
639 Pirates Way
Cedarville, AR 72932

Questions? Call my Fort Smith office for more information at (479) 424-1146.
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Womack Congratulates 2016 Congressional Art Competition Winner

2016/05/03

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The 2016 competition was open to all high school students in the Third District.  From the 76 entries representing twelve schools, the top five finalists will be selected by a panel judges from the community, including Jeannie Hulen, University of Arkansas Department of Art Chair and Associate Professor of Ceramics, Dylan Turk, Curatorial Assistant at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and local artist Kent Landrum of Fayetteville.
 
Today, Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) hosted an awards presentation and finalist unveiling at the Pryor Center in Fayetteville, where he announced that Samantha Smith of Siloam Springs High School won first place for her piece, “Cheeks.”  It will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.
 
Other finalists included:
   •    Second place: “Allegro,” by Emma Gregory of Pottsville High School
   •    Third place: “Thoughts,” by Brett Cox of Siloam Springs High School
   •    Fourth place: “Teenagers,” by James Reynolds of Gentry High School
   •    Fifth place: “Under the Sea,” by Yesenia Telles Martinez of Siloam Springs High School
 
In addition to these finalists, Congressman Womack recognized two additional awardees:
   •    People’s Choice Award: “Welcoming Embrace,” by Lowell Matias of Van Buren Freshman Academy
   •    Patriot Award: “The American Dream,” by Kat Mize of Life Way Christian School 
 
“I am proud to host the Congressional Art Competition and have the opportunity to encourage and showcase the incredibly impressive works of our Third District high school artists.  Their artistic talent is astounding!  Thank you to the high schoolers who participated in the 2016 competition, and congratulations to our awardees, especially Samantha Smith!  I look forward to seeing “Cheeks” as I walk through the halls of the Capitol.”

Congressman Steve Womack has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011 and serves on the House Appropriations Defense, Financial Services and General Government, and Labor-Health and Human Services subcommittees and the House Committee on the Budget.


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Coffee with the Congressman – Flippin

2016/05/02

Don’t miss the chance to join me for coffee!

Coffee with the Congressman – Flippin
Monday, May 2, 2016, from 9:00-10:00AM CDT
Parkview Pizza – Flippin
108 South 2nd Street
Flippin, AR 72634


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Academy Day – Bentonville

2016/04/02

Each year, members of Congress have the privilege of making nominations to the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (USMA), the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA).

I will host the 2016 Academy Day as an opportunity to provide additional information to students of the Third District. Young men and women who are interested in pursuing appointments to the United States Service Academies, as well as those interested in Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships, are encouraged to attend. The event is open to the public.

Academy Day – Bentonville
Saturday, April 2, 2016, from 2:00-4:00PM CDT
Armed Forces Reserve Center
Assembly Hall/Auditorium
6800 Southwest Minuteman Avenue
Bentonville, AR 72712

Questions? Visit my website or call my Fort Smith office for more information at (479) 424-1146. 

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Academy Day – Fort Smith

2016/04/02

Each year, members of Congress have the privilege of making nominations to the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (USMA), the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA).

I will host the 2016 Academy Day as an opportunity to provide additional information to students of the Third District. Young men and women who are interested in pursuing appointments to the United States Service Academies, as well as those interested in Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships, are encouraged to attend. The event is open to the public.

Academy Day – Fort Smith
Saturday, April 2, 2016, from 9:00-11:00AM CDT
UAFS Business and Industrial Institute
Paul Latture Conference Center
5020 Grand Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72903

Questions? Visit my website or call my Fort Smith office for more information at (479) 424-1146. 

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Coffee with the Congressman – Alpena

2016/03/31

Don’t miss the chance to join me for coffee!

Coffee with the Congressman – Alpena
Thursday, March 31, 2016, from 9:00-10:00AM CDT
Alpena City Hall
208 Main Street West
Alpena, AR 72611