Steve Womack

Steve Womack

ARKANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Womack Applauds Hutchinson's Adjutant General Appointment

2014/12/17

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) released the following statement after Governor-Elect Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) today announced the appointment of Brigadier General Mark H. Berry to be Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard:

“General Berry is an accomplished officer and a proud Arkansan with the experience and knowledge to be a decisive leader for the National Guard. I applaud Governor-Elect Hutchinson’s appointment. His selection of an Air Guardsman to lead the Arkansas Guard is a reflection of the joint nature of today’s military, and I am wholeheartedly confident in General Berry’s ability to be an effective commander during this time of great uncertainty in the Guard. I congratulate him on this promotion!”

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.  In 2009, Congressman Womack retired with over thirty years of service from the Arkansas Army National Guard 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.

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Womack Maintains Perfect Attendance Record in 113th Congress

2014/12/12

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement after taking 1,205 consecutive roll-call votes during the 113th Congress and 2,813 consecutive roll-call votes during his tenure in Congress, maintaining a perfect voting record as a Member of Congress and the longest continuous voting streak among current colleagues in the House:

“Third District Arkansans entrusted me with the responsibility to represent them in the U.S. House of Representatives – that means showing up to vote.  I take this job very seriously and am not only humbled by my constituent’s trust, but also by the good fortunes of health and circumstance with which I’ve been blessed that have allowed me to maintain a perfect attendance record.” 

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.

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Womack Statement on Omnibus Appropriations Bill

2014/12/12

The House today voted on the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, which provides $1.013 trillion in funding for 11 of 12 full Appropriations bills for fiscal year 2015 and a continuing resolution (CR) that funds the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through February 27, 2015.  Notably, H.R. 83 abides by all terms set in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (“Ryan-Murray Agreement”), provides no new funding for Obamacare, protects life by maintaining a ban on the use of federal funds for abortion, provides for the nation’s security, protects jobs and reins in regulatory overreach, slashes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), advances our energy priorities, upholds First Amendment rights by prohibiting the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to target groups based on ideology, and increases oversight to ensure the responsible use of taxpayer dollars.

After passage, Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) released the following statement:

“The passage of H.R. 83 shows the American people that we take seriously the responsibility of governing – the responsibility just given to House and Senate Republicans in November.  But its passage goes beyond simply fulfilling our Constitutional duty to fund the federal government because it does so at the lowest spending level in nearly a decade while strongly reflecting our conservative values, slashing funding for the EPA and the IRS, and reining in regulatory overreach.  Is it perfect?  No.  But it does eliminate the threat of a government shutdown and sets us up to directly challenge the President’s unilateral actions on immigration before they go into effect, when we have new majorities in both chambers of Congress and the ability to fight smarter.”

The full text of the bill and accompanying report can be found here.

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.

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Womack Applauds Passage of NDAA

2014/12/04

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement after passage of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3979, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015:

“America is at war, and as our country faces continued uncertainty, it is Congress’s job to ensure that those who protect us  from these threats – our men and women in uniform – at least have certainty from Congress.  Providing for the security of our nation is one of our most important responsibilities, and I thank Chairman McKeon for his terrific leadership, which resulted in another successful year and the bipartisan passage of the fifty-third consecutive National Defense Authorization Act.  The bill makes the authorizations necessary to provide our warfighters with the training and equipment they need to protect America at home and abroad, and I am proud to have supported it.”

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.

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Womack Celebrates Small Business Saturday

2014/11/29

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) released the following statement regarding Small Business Saturday:

“On this Small Business Saturday, patrons will visit the shop fronts that are the heart of their communities and their Main Streets, and during this time, we must be mindful that these businesses don’t just amount to a present under our Christmas tree – they are job creators, property tax contributors, and charity members that keep our local communities thriving.  As we celebrate these essential community members, let us take this time to do the right thing and support the Marketplace Fairness Act – for, unless we close the loophole that out-of-state online businesses enjoy, these businesses could be forced to close their doors forever.”

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EPA Must Act Now to Reduce RFS

2014/11/21

Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will not be finalized this year, Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Steve Womack (R-AR) released the following statement: 

“These delays by the EPA are completely unacceptable. After nearly a year with no action on the proposed RFS for 2014, the EPA has decided to throw in the towel and punt the final decision until next year. It’s extremely disappointing that this decision on renewable fuel obligations for 2014 has taken so long and will not be resolved by the end of the year. How can the industry comply with a mandate that is released after they are already supposed to be in compliance? The longer stakeholders are forced to wait, the more uncertainty it creates in the marketplace. The EPA’s proposal for 2014, which included a reduction in the amount of ethanol blended into the fuel supply, was a positive step forward and acknowledged that the mandate is unworkable, detrimental to the environment, and price distorting to feedstock industries throughout the country. Action is needed now to reduce the ethanol mandate and provide much-needed relief. This issue needs to be addressed immediately, not several months into 2015.  Today’s action once again proves that the RFS is unworkable and that Congress must reform the RFS.”

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Womack Astounded by President's Executive Order on Immigration

2014/11/20

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement of Immigration Accountability Executive Actions:

“The Constitution is clear when it grants Congress the authority to make our nation’s laws, not the President.  But throughout his presidency, President Obama has refused to do the job actually afforded to him by the Constitution, the job of enforcing – not creating – America’s laws.  This has been especially true when it comes to immigration, and I’m astounded that tonight he’s proposed to make our immigration laws even more lax through executive fiat and skirt Congress yet again.  

“There is no doubt our immigration system is in desperate need of reform, but President Obama’s plan does not make the reforms we need.  Instead, Congress must develop a long-term immigration policy that encourages lawful behavior.  As we work towards these thoughtful solutions, Obama cannot change the laws himself.  That’s ‘not how democracy works.’”

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Womack Urges Senate to Pass Keystone XL

2014/11/14

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement in response to the passage of H.R. 5682, a bill which authorizes the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline: 

“Building the Keystone XL would put thousands of Americans to work, set the momentum for more plants, pipelines, and transmission lines to be built, and ultimately drive down the price of gas at the pump for and the cost to heat the homes of Americans.  It would also  make it practical – and affordable – for manufacturers to bring production back to America.  But unfortunately, for over six years, the administration has inexplicably refused to take action on it.  Americans deserve better, and Americans want – and need – the opportunities created by the Keystone XL.  I hope the Senate will listen to the American people and join us in passing this bipartisan legislation straightaway.”

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Womack Statement in Honor of Veterans Day

2014/11/11

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day:

“There is simply no way to fully express our gratitude for our servicemen and women.  Without their selfless service, patriotism, and commitment to defending our freedom, America would not be herself.  We are forever indebted to them, and today, as our nation pauses to honor our past, current, and future veterans, I say a heartfelt and humbled thank you for the sacrifices made for our country.”   

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Times Record: Womack To Chamber: ‘Best Days Ahead’ For Fort Smith

2014/11/07

More than 3,300 jobs have been created in Fort Smith over the past two years, with the single largest jobs announcement in the state occurring in Fort Smith, according to the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Fort Smith’s transportation and logistics, manufacturing, health care, higher education and customer service sectors, as well as the Air National Guard 188th Wing, were highlighted for more than 620 members at the Fort Smith Convention Center during the chamber’s annual meeting Thursday.

An economic development report for the past two years was made with an emphasis on the city’s international connections to South America, Europe and Japan, in addition to $429 million in capital investments made in Fort Smith’s businesses.

Last year’s annual meeting was dedicated to celebration of the chamber’s 125th anniversary.

For the past five months, Fort Smith was at the top of the Arkansas Tech University Economic Index. Traffic at the Fort Smith Regional Airport, an economic indicator, has caught up and is set to surpass pre-recession levels.

“I can say without hesitation that Fort Smith’s best days are ahead, not behind,” keynote speaker U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, said. “When you consider the confluence of systems — river, rail, air, and interstates — and available energy resources, the Fort Smith region is uniquely situated to be the center of a resurgence of American productivity.”

Commenting on the region’s growth within the energy sector, Greg Davis, a spokesman for Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative, said Fort Smith “has a responsibility to the rest of the country” and the investments made by local companies would be felt in return.

Major ongoing projects Womack mentioned at Chaffee Crossing included a new ArcBest corporate headquarters and the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The future U.S. Marshals Museum was also a topic of discussion with Womack, as he passed around three of the freshly printed U.S. Mint commemorative coins.

Fort Smith economic development projects on the to-do list for Womack include following up on funding he’s helped secure for the 188th Wing’s new intelligence and “drone” mission; completion of Interstate 49 to U.S. 71 South with a bridge across the Arkansas River at Barling; and deepening of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

“That means growth,” State Rep. George McGill, D-Fort Smith, said of the highway and river projects. “And the 188th is another big asset that could even get bigger.”

Womack said he has invited Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James to Fort Smith to see the 188th and expects a visit in the near future.

Outgoing chamber board chairwoman Melissa Hanesworth, managing director of Pernod Ricard in Fort Smith, said the 188th Wing is one of those entities that expand Fort Smith’s borders beyond the state line.

Womack said the chamber has many members with an “uncommon spirit of community” who worked to promote the city’s “economic vitality.”

Michael Barr, president of 80-year-old local window business WeatherBarr, will take over for Hanesworth as the new chairman for the chamber’s board of directors.

“You’ve heard all the statistics. We’ve gotten the jobs announcements. And the results speak for themselves,” Barr said. “Those results did not happen without a significant amount of work and perseverance.”

Barr said the Fort Smith chamber is one of the most successful in the state.

Tim Allen, president and CEO of the chamber, said he had made the goal last year with his director of operations, Tamara Fitzpatrick, to move up in a state ranking. The chamber recently realized that goal.


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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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