Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement after the unveiling of the U.S. Marshals Museum 225th anniversary commemorative coins:
“I’m delighted by the designs for the U.S. Marshals Service commemorative coins. These coins highlight the Marshals’ long history of justice, integrity, and service, and their sale will be driven by high demand and help fund the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith – a world class museum and permanent tribute to one of America’s greatest law enforcement institutions.”
U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4), today announced that 23 Arkansas counties have been designated as disaster areas, allowing farmers and ranchers to receive assistance to recover from losses caused by severe weather in the state. In June, east Arkansas was ravaged by flash flooding, which devastated thousands of acres of crops and pastures.
“Last month’s flash floods not only damaged Arkansans’ homes and businesses, but destroyed crops and washed away land used for livestock,” said Pryor. “Storms like these remind us of the importance of supporting disaster relief and helping our neighbors in need. I’m pleased the USDA will provide this assistance to help our farmers and ranchers recover.”
“The severe weather conditions in Arkansas last month brought flash flooding, hail, and other destructive forces of nature that were devastating to agriculture producers in the path of these storms. As a result of this declaration, farmers will now be eligible to apply for emergency loans through the FSA to help them recover their losses and continue operations. Considering that agriculture makes up a large portion of our state’s economy, this relief is essential to many Arkansans who faced significant losses as a result of these storms,” Boozman said.
“Arkansas’s First District has some of the most productive agricultural growers in the country, but this year’s widespread crop damage illustrates the uncertainty they face every day. Heavy rains and high water have hurt a wide range of crops grown in the First District, creating significant producer losses with few options to salvage the fall harvest,” said Crawford. “While a Secretarial Disaster Declaration does not solve the ongoing flooding dilemma facing our producers, it does provide emergency loan assistance to lessen uncertainty and get our growers back in their fields next year. I’m grateful Secretary Vilsack recognized that need.”
“Agriculture is an integral part of Arkansas’s economy, and today’s declaration will provide essential assistance to help Arkansas’s farmers and ranchers recover from challenges caused by the recent severe weather,” said Griffin.
“Arkansas’s farmers and ranchers are vital to our state’s economy. As they recover from this latest wave of severe weather, I’m grateful they will have much-needed assistance from USDA,” said Womack.
"I appreciate Secretary Vilsack's quick approval of Governor Beebe's disaster declaration request for the 23 impacted counties," said Cotton. "I have heard from many farmers about the impact of the recent flooding, and I look forward to working with our friends in Arkansas to make sure farmers are able to access the emergency funds they need."
Under this designation, agricultural producers in Cross, Jackson, Independence, Lee, Lonoke, Monroe, Prairie, St. Francis, White, and Woodruff Counties will be eligible to apply for assistance from the Farm Service Agency, including emergency loans. Arkansas, Cleburne, Craighead, Crittenden, Faulkner, Izard, Jefferson, Lawrence, Phillips, Poinsett, Pulaski, Sharp, and Stone Counties have been named contiguous disaster counties. Arkansans can reach out to their local FSA offices for more information.
On Monday, July 14, 2014, in a speech given on the House Floor, Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) spoke in support of H.R. 5016, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2015. H.R. 5016 was subsequently passed today by the House. The bill provides funding for the Treasury Department, the Judiciary, the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and several other agencies for fiscal year 2015.
“Mr. Chairman, as members of Congress – and especially as appropriators – we have an obligation to carefully steward each and every taxpayer dollar, and in this bill, transparency and accountability rule the day… I commend Chairman Crenshaw and subcommittee staff for producing a bill that is worthy of this chamber’s support.”
Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement after passage of H.R. 5016, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2015, which provides funding for the Treasury Department, the Judiciary, the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and several other agencies for fiscal year 2015:
“From enforcing our laws to assisting entrepreneurs, agencies funded in this bill provide essential services to the American people. But the federal government should not be able to use taxpayers’ own dollars to target them based on their political beliefs or violate their trust. As members of Congress, it is our obligation to provide the necessary oversight and safeguards to ensure it does not, and I am proud of this bill, which takes important steps to increase accountability and transparency.”
Congressman Steve Womack represents Arkansas’s Third Congressional District and serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the Defense, Financial Services and General Government, and Labor-Health and Human Services subcommittees.
At a press conference with Republican leaders today, Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) discussed the dozens of jobs bills the House has passed that – if taken up by the Senate – would create jobs and opportunity in America.
The video can be found here. The transcript is below.
Remarks of Representative Steve Womack of Arkansas
Republican Leadership Press Conference
July 15, 2014
In my state, in Arkansas, there was an expectation that in the post-stimulus period that there would be over 30,000 jobs created in our state. Sadly, we haven't created 30,000 jobs. We've lost over 8,000 jobs.
My constituents, like the constituents of my colleagues who have already spoken here this morning, are still plagued by high energy prices and high food prices and two- and three-fold increases in their premiums on health care, all the while struggling to find meaningful employment.
Well, House Republicans have the elixir that will restore a healthy economy in this country. Dozens of jobs bills, many with bipartisan support, still languish in the Senate.
Americans need relief. Job creators who can provide that relief need certainty. House Republicans have acted. My colleagues and I have acted. It's time for the Senate Democrats and the president to act as well.
Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement after passage of H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), which prohibits taxation for sheer usage of the Internet and its services:
“I am proud to cosponsor and support PITFA, which ensures Internet-usage remains permanently tax-free. But it’s important to remember that while Internet-usage is free of tax, purchases made online are not – consumers are personally responsible for calculating and remitting sales and use taxes on them in 46 states. I urge my colleagues in the House to take up the Senate-passed Marketplace Fairness Act, which eases the burden on consumers and grants states the authority to enforce their existing tax laws and collect their due – not new – sales tax revenue.”
Congressman Steve Womack represents Arkansas’s Third Congressional District and is the original sponsor of the Marketplace Fairness Act (H.R. 684/S. 743), which passed the Senate with bipartisan support on May 6, 2013.
U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4), today wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack in support of Governor Mike Beebe’s request for federal disaster assistance for Arkansas farmers and ranchers suffering from losses caused by severe weather in the state. Last week, east Arkansas was hit with flash flooding, which devastated thousands of acres of crops and pastures.
The full text of the delegation’s letter is below:
We write in support of the State of Arkansas's request for federal disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers in Arkansas who are facing significant losses due to severe weather in east Arkansas. The affected areas are within Cross, Lee, Prairie, Woodruff, Independence, Lonoke, St. Francis, Jackson, Monroe and White counties in Arkansas. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has requested a Secretarial Disaster Designation after a review of agricultural damages conducted by the State Department of Agriculture and the Farm Service Agency.
Arkansas has suffered agricultural devastation including damage and losses to crops and pastures due to the effects of flooding throughout the entire state that began June 29, 2014. This will require access to additional agriculture disaster programs in both the primary and contiguous counties as necessary.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster declaration will provide farmers the necessary option of applying for emergency loans through the Farm Service Agency. This will allow producers to continue operations despite the devastation from the flash flooding, excessive rain and dangerous wind conditions. For many agriculture producers in Arkansas, this will provide the essential lifeline to meet financial obligations. Emergency loans are vital to farmers and ranchers who may have no other source of revenue over the next year.
We respectfully request your swift consideration and approval of this request. If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Delivering the Weekly Republican Address from Bentonville Square in the heart of downtown Bentonville, Arkansas's historic business district, Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) reflects on the Declaration of Independence and our ongoing mission to ensure Americans have a voice in their government and their economy.
The video can be found here. The transcript is below.
Remarks of Representative Steve Womack of Arkansas
Weekly Republican Address
July 4, 2014
There’s nothing like the Fourth of July, a day to bask in America’s glory and to dream of better days ahead.
You know, that’s part of the genius of the Declaration of Independence.
It isn’t just about what America was – it’s a vision of what she could be, of what we should always strive for.
A land where the people rule.
And where the common man or woman can advance themselves, their families, and the common good.
America’s greatness has always been rooted in our creative minds and entrepreneurial spirit, our ability to make things ... to make the most of our resources, to control our economic destiny.
That’s why you see Republicans working so hard to capitalize on America’s energy renaissance.
Consider the possibilities.
It starts by building the Keystone pipeline: put thousands of Americans to work, show we’re serious about our energy future.
We set into motion more plants, pipelines and transmission lines, bringing low-cost energy to consumers across the land.
We back projects onshore and offshore, creating more jobs and eliminating our dependence on unstable parts of the world.
We establish predictable regulations, the kind of certainty that allows businesses to plan ahead, invest here, and bring jobs back to our Main Streets and town squares.
We build a truly stable electric grid, protecting us from everything from blackouts to security threats.
And we boost exports, so we can supply our allies with affordable and reliable energy, and fuel our economy at the same time.
The opportunities seem endless, don’t they?
But the usual politics, red tape, and government fixes that never seem to pan out stand in our way.
For years, Washington has denied the American people the chance to seize their economic destiny.
Well, Republicans are fighting every day to make these opportunities possible again. We pledge this to you, the people we serve.
Together, let’s renew the Spirit of 1776 – the spirit that gave birth to a nation with so many blessings – and never rest until the work is done.
For now, my family and I give thanks for our forefathers who made all this possible.
We extend our prayers to the men and women sacrificing to keep us safe.
And we wish you and yours a healthy and happy Independence Day.
In July 1776, George Washington was preparing for the defense of New York City. British vessels filled the harbor, and the apprehension was palpable. A communication sent by Continental Congress President John Hancock and dated July 6, 1776, arrived at the general’s headquarters. The letter instructed Washington to share the contents of an enclosed document with the men under his command. He was eager to comply. At 6 p.m. on July 9th, the Continental Army assembled according to Washington’s orders. It was here that the men who took up arms first heard the words that continue to reverberate through time and history – “That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States.”
They heard the words. The Declaration of Independence was preserved for posterity in written form and transmitted as such throughout the colonies, both in printed broadsides and in newspapers; however, it was the public reading of these words that heightened patriotic passions. Washington assembled the men indicating that, “…the declaration of Congress, shewing the grounds and reasons of this measure, is to be read with an audible voice.” He reported back the following day that, “Agreeable to the request of Congress I caused the Declaration to be proclaimed before all the Army under my immediate Command, and have the pleasure to inform them, that the measure seemed to have their most hearty assent; the Expressions and behaviour both of Officers and Men testifying their warmest approbation of it.” Patriots in towns up and down the east coast experienced the full force of the measure when it was read aloud. After the citizens of New York City heard the Declaration of Independence read, they proceeded to tear down a statue of King George III. Similar displays of patriotic fervor followed readings of the Declaration of Independence throughout the states.
Today, when we observe the Fourth of July, the warm summer breeze is filled with the sound of bands playing in parades, burgers and hot dogs crackling on the grill, and fireworks exploding in the night sky. In the spirit of 1776, I encourage you to add a reading of the Declaration of Independence to those sounds that accompany your celebration with friends and family. While the original document may be on display behind glass at the National Archives, the ideas expressed were never meant to be encased. They are living, inspirational words meant to be declared. They were penned to be heard.
Happy 238th Birthday to the United States of America!
From the Front...
Congressman Steve Womack
Arkansas Third District
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has selected Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) to deliver the Weekly Republican Address in honor of Independence Day.
“We Americans are blessed with a great land, economic opportunity, a matchless Constitution, and unrivaled success – July 4th is a chance to celebrate that,” Rep. Womack said. “Independence Day is also a time to reflect on the liberty and freedom of the promise of America, and as we do so, it’s an honor to deliver the weekly Republican address and share with you our promise to our nation.”
Now in his second term, Rep. Womack will deliver the address from Bentonville Square in the heart of downtown Bentonville, Arkansas's historic business district. Womack previously served as mayor of Rogers, Arkansas, for 12 years, and retired from the Arkansas Army National Guard in 2009 after more than 30 years of service. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medals, and the Arkansas Distinguished Service Medal. Learn more by visiting http://womack.house.gov.
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Congressman Stephen A. Womack, 57, is a native of Russellville, Arkansas. After attending K-10 in Moberly, Missouri, Womack’s family returned to Arkansas in 1973, and he graduated from Russellville High School in 1975. Womack earned a Bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University in 1979 and, after graduation, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Arkansas Army National Guard.
In the fall of 1979, Steve relocated to Rogers where he and his father established KURM Radio, and he served as station manager from 1979-1990. In August of 1990, Steve accepted an assignment with the University of Arkansas Army ROTC program and served as Executive Officer of the program for six years. In 1996, Steve was hired as a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch.
On November 3, 1998, Steve was elected Mayor of Rogers and served in that capacity for twelve years. During his tenure, the City of Rogers experienced exponential economic growth, adding $1 billion in new development with major improvements to the city’s infrastructure, retail services, and quality of life amenities.
Steve also served on numerous boards and commissions in Northwest Arkansas serving as Chairman of the Northwest Regional Planning Commission, Chairman of Rogers United Way, board member of the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce, and the Rogers Parks Commission. A former Rotarian, Steve is also a Paul Harris Fellow.
In the Army National Guard, Steve served in a variety of command and staff assignments, including command of 2nd Battalion, 153rd Infantry, 39th Separate Infantry Brigade. Following the tragic events of 9-11, Steve’s battalion was mobilized for duty with the Multi-National Force and Observers (MFO), Sinai, Egypt in 2002. It marked the first time in the history of the 39th Brigade that a battalion was deployed overseas. It was also the first time in the MFO history the US Battalion mission was conducted by a pure National Guard unit. Steve’s task force received praise from the highest levels of civil and military leadership around the world and is credited with convincing Army leadership of the capabilities and readiness of the Army Guard.
Steve retired with over thirty years of service from the Arkansas Army National Guard October 31, 2009, at the rank of Colonel. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and the Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medals, and the Arkansas Distinguished Service Medals. Steve was inducted into the Arkansas Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame in 2011.
In the House, Steve serves on the Appropriations Committee and the Defense, Financial Services, and Labor-Health and Human Services subcommittees. Steve is also on the Whip Team, House Energy Action Team (HEAT), and various caucuses.
Steve has been married to his wife, Terri, for 29 years, and they have three grown sons and two grandsons, Liam and Kaden.
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