Steve Womack

Steve Womack

ARKANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Womack Introduces Truth in Obamacare Advertising Act

2015/01/26

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is largely in charge of administering the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), will use over $702 million of user fees to spend a total of $773 million on consumer outreach and education for the Obamacare marketplaces.  Unfortunately, while the administration conducts this massive advertising campaign to increase the law’s popularity, taxpayers, who largely view the law unfavorably and whose dollars fund these campaigns, are left in the dark on how their dollars are being used to promote Obamacare.

On Monday, January 26, 2015, Representative Steve Womack (AR-3) – along with Representatives Rick Crawford (AR-1), French Hill (AR-2), Bruce Westerman (AR-4), David Jolly (FL-13), Barry Loudermilk (GA-11), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Andy Barr (KY-6), Dan Benishek (MI-1), Alan Nunnelee (MS-1), Mark Amodei (NV-2), Dave Joyce (OH-14), Mike Kelly (PA-3), Mick Mulvaney (SC-5), Pete Olson (TX-22), Blake Farenthold (TX-27), Glenn Grothman (WI-6), and Reid Ribble (WI-8) – introduced the Truth in Obamacare Advertising Act.  The bill would extend requirements similar to the franking rules to which Congress already complies to each communication that is federally funded, directly or indirectly (through user fees), to advertise or educate the public on provisions of the PPACA.  

Upon introduction, Congressman Womack released the below statement:

“This bill brings light and transparency to the administration’s continued use of tax dollars to pay for propaganda ads to prop up Obamacare.” 

The final text of the bill can be found here.

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Arkansas Delegation Requests Extension for Public Comment Period on Clean Line

2015/01/23

Arkansas’s Congressional delegation today requested an extension for the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project.

In a letter sent to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, the delegation requests more time for constituents to share their views and/or concerns, noting that the comment period was announced during the holiday season. 

“We understand the importance of infrastructure projects, including properly-sited transmission lines, but we also believe that potentially-impacted landowners and citizens must be treated fairly and they must have every opportunity to eliminate or minimize impacts before projects are considered.  In short, private property rights must be protected.  Accordingly, we request that you provide at least a 60-day extension of the comment period for the Draft EIS and Section 106 process on the Plains & Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project,” the letter states.

The letter was signed by both of Arkansas’s U.S. Senators, John Boozman (R-AR) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), as well as neighboring Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN).  All four Arkansas Congressmen – Rick Crawford (AR-1), French Hill (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3) and Bruce Westerman (AR-4) – also signed the letter. 

The full text of the letter can be found here.

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Womack Supports Life, H.R. 7

2015/01/22

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today joined a bipartisan group of 242 House colleagues to pass H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act.  H.R. 7 codifies the Hyde Amendment, which has barred the use of federal funds for abortions in Appropriations legislation since 1976.  Additionally, the bill eliminates tax credits and subsidies for Obamacare health plans that include elective abortion coverage.  

After passage, Congressman Womack released the following statement:

“On the forty-second anniversary of Roe v. Wade, like all of the Arkansans in Washington who today join tens of thousands from across the country to participate in the March for Life, I am proud to do my part in protecting life and the most vulnerable among us – the unborn.  H.R. 7 advocates for life by ensuring that those who morally object to abortion are not financing it with their tax dollars.  I believe making permanent this provision, which a majority of Americans support, is well overdue, and I applaud its passage and will continue to support policies that protect life and human dignity.”

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Womack Responds to State of the Union Address

2015/01/20

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) tonight released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“The ‘growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production’ President Obama talked about tonight have not happened because of him, but in spite of him and his repeated calls for higher taxes, more spending, and bigger government – policies that have been squarely rejected by the American people and stand in the way of what hardworking taxpayers need more than anything: jobs.  

“I was hopeful that President Obama would recognize the will of the American people and the message they sent in November, but in tonight’s State of the Union rerun, he blatantly disregarded both.  What part of ‘jobs’ does he not understand?” 

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Womack Reintroduces ENERGY STAR Regulatory Improvement Act

2015/01/16

On March 7, 2011, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule that imposed blanket third-party certification requirements for all products applying for participation in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program.  Unfortunately, the rule disregarded successful and existing industry programs and has increased the regulatory burden on manufacturers, as well as the cost of testing for manufacturers and the federal government.

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Representative Steve Womack (AR-3) reintroduced the ENERGY STAR Regulatory Improvement Act (H.R. 175) to address the ENERGY STAR program’s third-party certification requirement and its impact on the consumer electronics industry, which represents more than half of the savings generated by the ENERGY STAR program, in the 114th Congress.  Specifically, H.R. 175 would allow electronics manufacturers to earn their way out of the EPA’s burdensome requirement with a demonstrated track record of compliance. 

Upon reintroduction, Congressman Womack released the below statement:

“I am happy to reintroduce this legislation that will further serve the conservative goal of eliminating burdensome regulation and red tape.  The highly-touted ENERGY STAR brand, which American taxpayers and businesses have spent a good deal of money to build, should not have to serve as another example of overzealous bureaucracy.  By approaching this process in a commonsense manner, we can allow companies who might otherwise be put off by certification hurdles to join the ENERGY STAR label and get their products to market faster at the same time.”

The final text of the bill can be found here.

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Womack Expresses Clean Line Concerns, Frustrations in Letter to DOE

2015/01/15

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz expressing concern over the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) consideration for a partnership with Clean Line Energy Partners through the Plains & Eastern transmission line project and frustration about the Department’s refusal to offer satisfactory answers to questions raised in past correspondence.  The letter says, in part:

“As you know, the path of the proposed transmission line runs directly through the Third District of Arkansas.  Therefore, I am extremely concerned about Clean Line’s authorization.  Respectfully, I am also very frustrated by one of your Department’s disingenuous responses to my letters that identified ‘public interest’ as one of the considerations given to the Clean Line application.  There has been an astounding lack of assurance that my district – and the State of Arkansas – will have any interest in this project at all and no guarantee that Clean Line will supply power to my constituents and my state.”

The letter goes on to request a formal meeting with the DOE to obtain answers to the legitimate questions raised regarding the Clean Line application process and to discuss the unacceptable responses that have been sent to both Congressman Womack’s office and stakeholders within the Third District.

The full text of the letter can be found here.

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Womack Introduces LOCAL Act

2015/01/15

In September 2013, after successful joint-management program operation since 2009, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) determined that it no longer had the statutory authority to continue with the cooperative oversight of recreational facilities across the country, upon recognizing a gap in its legislative authorities.  At the time of the USACE determination, ten such agreements existed  nationally – including agreements with the Friends of Lake Ouachita and the Ozarks Rivers Heritage Foundation, which were successfully maintaining facilities across the state of Arkansas – and another twenty were in formation.  In the Third District, a partnership agreement for Beaver Lake had been signed just months before the joint-management program was discontinued.  

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Representative Steve Womack (AR-3) – along with Representative Bruce Westerman (AR-4) – introduced H.R. 176, the Local Organization Cooperative Agreement for Land and Facility Maintenance Act of 2015 (“LOCAL Act”).  The LOCAL Act of 2015 returns this crucial ability to the USACE, allowing trusted and transparent local, non-profit organizations to construct, operate, and maintain recreational facilities at certain lakes and reservoirs through partnerships with the USACE.

Upon introduction, Congressman Womack released the below statement:

“Those of us who call the Natural State home take pride in Arkansans’ local land management abilities.  These partnerships existed to assist in water infrastructure maintenance without spending new federal dollars; restoring them is an important step in not only leveraging limited federal funding, but also utilizing the experience of the people who live and work in each community to secure lasting recreational opportunities.”

The final text of the bill can be found here.

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Womack Appointed to Approps Defense, FSGG, Labor-HHS Subcommittees, Budget Committee

2015/01/14

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today was appointed to serve on the House Appropriations Defense, Financial Services and General Government, and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittees, as well as receiving an appointment to serve on the House Committee on the Budget, for the 114th Congress: 

“Since coming to Congress and being put on the House Appropriations Committee in 2011, I have been on the front line in the fight for responsible discretionary spending.  I look forward to continuing this important work as member of the Defense, Financial Services and General Government, and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittees.  

“But America’s spending problem is driven by our mandatory spending, and I am honored to also receive an  appointment to the House Committee on the Budget and have the opportunity to comprehensively address our nation’s out-of-control spending and $18 trillion debt.”  

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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Womack Statement on Passage of H.R. 37

2015/01/14

The House today passed H.R. 37, the Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act, which combines the text of 11 bills passed by the House during the 113th Congress and includes H.R. 801 as Title III, the Holding Company Registration Threshold Equalization Act of 2013, which was introduced by Representatives Steve Womack (AR-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), John Delaney (MD-6), and Ann Wagner (MO-2) and passed the House on January 14, 2014, by a vote of 417-4.  The legislation extends to savings and loan holding companies the shareholder registration thresholds that the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act established for banks and bank holding companies.

After passage, Congressman Womack released the following statement:

“Savings and loan institutions should be afforded the same flexibility bank and bank holding companies have to ensure that they too can deploy capital throughout the communities they serve, and I applaud the passage of both H.R. 37 and the Holding Company Registration Threshold Equalization Act.  I am hopeful that in this new Congress, this legislation will be signed into law, successfully resolving this problem once and for all.”  

The text of H.R. 801 (Title III) can be found here, and the full text of H.R. 37 bill can be found here.

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Womack Statement on Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

2015/01/14

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement in response to the passage of the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill (H.R. 240), which provides $39.7 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), prioritizes the security of our border and counterterrorism efforts, and protects us from threats at home and abroad. Notably, H.R. 240 as passed includes five amendments which address the President’s recent executive action on immigration by narrowly focusing on defunding these unconstitutional, illegal executive actions in their entirety.

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

“President Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration were an attempt to legislate from the Oval Office and overstepped his constitutional enumerated powers. In December, House Republicans made a promise to the American people to stop this blatant overreach when reinforcement arrived in the Senate, and I applaud the passage of this bill, which makes good on that promise with careful cuts and tough policy changes.”

The full text of the bill can be found here, and additional information on the amendments can be found here.

Congressman Steve Womack represents Arkansas’s Third Congressional District 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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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4301
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womack.house.gov

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Appropriations

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.


Serving With

Rick Crawford

ARKANSAS' 1st DISTRICT

French Hill

ARKANSAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Bruce Westerman

ARKANSAS' 4th DISTRICT

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