Steve Womack

Steve Womack

ARKANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Arkansas House Members Urge Cottonseed Eligibility

2016/02/04

After reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to deny urgently needed assistance to American cotton farmers and rural communities that depend on our domestic cotton industry, Representative Rick Crawford (AR-1), the Subcommittee Chairman for General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, along with Rep. French Hill (AR-2), Rep. Steve Womack (AR-3), and Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-4) issued the following statement:

"On December 15th of last year, a rare coalition of rural and urban Democrats and Republicans from inside and outside of cotton country came together for a common purpose. More than 100 of these Members requested in a letter that the Secretary of Agriculture use his authority to allow cottonseed to be eligible for commodity programs under the Farm Bill. Our letter has yet to receive a response, but yesterday, we learned that the Secretary declined to help our cotton producers, who are currently challenged by severely depressed market conditions in the face of unfair foreign competition. The seriousness of the situation calls for the immediate action of the USDA, which must show the same concern for our producers all around the country, regardless of what they raise. The livelihoods of American families depend on it."

In December 2015, cotton producers and House lawmakers encouraged Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to add cottonseed as an “other oilseed." Language in the 2014 Farm Bill allows the Secretary of Agriculture to designate “other oilseeds” that qualify for Farm Bill commodity programs. More than 100 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent this letter the Secretary and did not receive a response. Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack, and Bruce Westerman each signed the letter. In a speech on February 3rd, 2016, Secretary Vilsack announced that the USDA would not declare cottonseed an oilseed.

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 Requests Federal Disaster Assistance for 39 Counties

2016/02/03

U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), French Hill (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Bruce Westerman (AR-4), today urged President Barack Obama to support Governor Asa Hutchinson’s request for a major disaster declaration for Arkansas.

From December 23, 2015, through January 23, 2016, Arkansas experienced a pattern of destructive storms, severe flooding and tornadoes, resulting in three fatalities and severe damage to hundreds of homes across the state.  As they always do in time of crisis, Arkansans have come to the aid of their neighbors; however, the extent of the damage has surpassed the state government’s ability to respond.  State and community agencies are working tirelessly to assist citizens and begin the process of cleaning up and ultimately rebuilding.  Resources at the state and local level, including the Arkansas National Guard, Arkansas Forestry Commissions, and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, are being fully utilized, but greater assistance is needed to help communities recover.

For that reason, Arkansas’s congressional delegation supports Governor Hutchinson’s request for a major disaster declaration for the following counties in the State of Arkansas: Benton, Bradley, Boone, Calhoun, Carroll, Clay, Crawford, Dallas, Drew, Faulkner, Franklin, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson, Independence, Izard, Lawrence, Little River, Lee, Logan, Madison, Marion, Mississippi, Montgomery, Ouachita, Perry, Pike, Polk, Randolph, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sevier, Stone, Washington, White, Woodruff, and Yell.

Read the delegation’s letter of support in its entirety here. 


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 Votes to Override H.R. 3762 Veto

2016/02/02

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement after the House voted to override the President’s veto of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act:

“The passage of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act marked the first time Congress used the Reconciliation process since the Obama Administration did so six years ago to force Obamacare and its taxes and mandates onto us all.  It is a shame that the President and his allies continue to live in a world of denial while ignoring the will of the electorate.  House Republicans will continue to fight for fiscal discipline and relief from this train wreck of a law.”  
 

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 Accepting Summer 2016 Internship Applications

2016/01/27

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) is seeking hard-working college students and recent graduates to serve as interns in his Washington, D.C. office, as well as his district offices in Rogers, Fort Smith, and Harrison, for the following sessions:

Summer Session I: May 23, 2016 - July 1, 2016
Summer Session II: 
July 5, 2016 - August 12, 2016

A congressional internship is a rewarding experience, and both Washington, D.C. and district office interns will work closely with Congressman Womack’s staff and constituents while learning the inner workings of the United States Congress and about issues affecting Arkansans.  Those interested in political science, government, public policy, business, and social work are encouraged to apply.  

Internship requirements and application materials are available on Congressman Womack's website

College students and recent graduates who are interested in interning in the Washington, D.C. office should submit a completed application by Friday, March 4, 2016, to:

Congressman Steve Womack
c/o Intern Coordinator
1119 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Or via email to: amy.lawrence@mail.house.gov

College students and recent graduates who are interested in interning in the Rogers, Fort Smith, or Harrison offices should submit a completed application by Friday, March 4, 2016, to:

Congressman Steve Womack
c/o Intern Coordinator
3333 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Suite 120
Rogers, AR 72758

Or via fax to: (479) 464-0063

For more information, please call (202) 225-4301.

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 Announces 2016 John Paul Hammerschmidt Fellow

2016/01/26

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today announced that Zachary Vann, who will graduate from University of Arkansas - Fort Smith (UAFS) in December 2016, has been selected to serve as the 2016 John Paul Hammerschmidt (JPH) Fellow.

The JPH Fellowship was established in 2013 in conjunction with UAFS and is named for former Arkansas Representative John Paul Hammerschmidt (1966-1993), who passed away on April 1, 2015.  It is geared towards highly-motivated college students with an interest in public service and will allow outstanding Third District students to experience the legislative process firsthand in Congressman Womack’s Washington, D.C. office.  

After the announcement of Vann’s appointment, Congressman Womack and Dr. Beran, UAFS Chancellor, released the following statements:

“John Paul Hammerschmidt was an exemplary leader of the Third District of Arkansas and a steadfast role model for students – especially those interested in public service,” said Womack.  “I am proud to honor the life of John Paul through the JPH Fellowship program and look forward to having Zachary in our office this summer.”

“Zachary is an excellent student who is emblematic of the talented, driven students we work to cultivate here at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith,” said Beran.  “This fellowship that Congressman Womack established four years ago has provided outstanding learning opportunities for our students, allowing them an insider’s perspective to Capitol Hill.  Former JPH Fellows have gone on to earn rewarding jobs from this experience, and we are deeply appreciative of Congressman Womack helping our students grow intellectually and ethically in our nation’s political center.”

John Paul Hammerschmidt Fellows will earn college credit for completing a strict curriculum that emphasizes hands-on activities that  highlight the inner workings of the U.S. House of Representatives, including conducting extensive legislative research, attending hearings, and monitoring activity on the House floor, as well as assisting with constituent communications and general office matters.  Congressman Womack hopes to expand the fellowship to other Third District institutions in the future.

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 – Decatur

2016/01/21

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

Coffee with the Congressman – Decatur
Thursday, January 21, 2016, from 8:00-9:30AM CST
Decatur City Hall Community Room
310 Maple Avenue
Decatur, AR 72722

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SkyMeadow Fine Arts Orchestra Performance

2016/01/19

I was honored with a performance by the SkyMeadow Fine Arts Orchestra in Yellville on January 19, 2016! What a talented group of kids.



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Womack Responds to President Obama’s Final State of the Union Address

2016/01/12

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

“After seven years of State of the Union addresses filled with broken promises and empty words, Americans are disheartened.  We ask ourselves if we’re better off now than we were seven years ago.  We ask if we are safer now than we were seven years ago.  And the truth of the matter is that we are not.   

“President Obama’s priorities are not America’s priorities, and throughout his time in office, he has done nothing to solve for deficits and debt that plague America.  In fact, he’s added $8.3 trillion to our nation’s debt.  President Obama has also failed to give this nation a clear plan through which to combat ISIL and has failed to take seriously the risk that the gravest threat to our way of life poses in the Middle East and in our backyard.

“It’s clear that President Obama’s lack of leadership is not working  for our country.  Americans deserve better, and I look forward to rebuilding a confident America in 2016.”


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 Votes to Send Reconciliation Act to President's Desk

2016/01/06

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement after passage of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act:

“For the first time, Congress has placed a repeal of the most onerous parts of Obamacare and an elimination of federal funding for Planned Parenthood on President Obama’s desk, forcing him to make a tough choice: respect the will of the American people or protect his namesake law and Planned Parenthood.  Unfortunately, his decision will be disappointingly predictable.  

“There is no reason the American taxpayer should be forced to continue subsidizing the nation’s largest abortion provider, and the American people are sick and tired of this Administration’s disregard for the unborn, the stability of our health care system, and the financial wellbeing of this country.  There is no doubt we would be better off if this bill was signed into law.”

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 Responds to President's Executive Order on Gun Control

2016/01/05

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement after President Obama announced a new executive order to restrict American gun ownership:

“I wish I could say that I was surprised by the President's latest announcement to skirt Congress in order to push through his gun control agenda.  President Obama continues to reference false, misleading statistics to justify infringing upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, and while I do believe that there are merits to addressing mental health and discussing ways to make our country safer, the proposals I have seen so far from this President do not get to the root of the problem.”

 
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 Consolidated Appropriations Act

2015/12/18

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement after House passage of the Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2029 with House Amendment #1 – Consolidated Appropriations Act:

“In any negotiation there is give and take, and I certainly would have liked to see more in this Omnibus agreement, including language to block some of President Obama’s most harmful policies such as Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and his plan to allow Syrian refugees into America.  However, failing to provide for our men and women in uniform is simply not an option, and this bill does so while strengthening our nation’s security by tightening requirements under our visa waiver program and increasing funding for our troops as they prepare to face more radical and more complex enemies.  I am hopeful that in the new year with the funding of government behind us, the House will quickly act to directly challenge the President’s most egregious policies.”

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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Berryville Mobile Office Stop

2015/12/03

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.

Berryville Mobile Office Stop
Thursday, December 3, 2015, from 10:00AM-12:00PM CST
Storm Rooms of America
206 South Springfield Street
Berryville, AR 72616

Questions? Call my Harrison office for more information at (870) 741-6900. Read More

Springdale Mobile Office Stop

2015/11/16

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.

Springdale Mobile Office Stop
Monday, November 16, 2015, from 11:00AM-1:00PM
The Jones Center Chapel Room
922 East Emma Avenue
Springdale, AR 72764

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

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Coffee with the Congressman – Van Buren

2015/11/12

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

Coffee with the Congressman – Van Buren
Thursday, November 12, 2015, from 8:30-10:00AM CST
Van Buren Senior Citizens Center
18 Lafayette Street
Van Buren, AR 72956


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Greenwood Mobile Office Stop

2015/11/10

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.

Greenwood Mobile Office Stop
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, from 11:00AM-1:00PM
Betty Wilkinson Senior Activity Center
125 West Center Street
Greenwood, AR 72936

Questions? Call my Fort Smith office for more information at (479) 424-1146.

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Gentry Mobile Office Stop

2015/10/22

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.

Gentry Mobile Office Stop
Thursday, October 22, 2015, from 11:00AM-1:00PM
Gentry Chamber of Commerce
212 East Main Street
Gentry, AR 72734

Questions?
Call my Rogers office for more information at (479) 464-0446.
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Coffee with the Congressman – Yellville

2015/10/14

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

Coffee with the Congressman – Yellville
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
8:30-10:00AM CDT
Breadeaux Pizza
202 Highway 62 East
Yellville, AR 72687