Steve Womack

Steve Womack

ARKANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Womack Responds to Keystone Veto

2015/02/24

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act (S. 1), a bill which passed the House and the Senate with broad bipartisan support and authorized the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline:

“Today, President Obama showed his cards – instead of being willing to work with Congress in a bipartisan fashion, he folded to extreme environmental groups, putting radical interests above those of honest Americans, their jobs, and their economy.”

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 Urges Obama to Prevent Port Shutdowns

2015/02/18

U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), French Hill (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Bruce Westerman (AR-4), sent a letter to President Obama last week urging him to resolve contract negotiations between the dock workers union and shipowners at West Coast ports because of the negative economic consequences it’s having on Arkansas businesses.  Over the weekend, the President sent Labor Secretary Tom Perez to help the sides reach an agreement.

“We are hearing from many small businesses, farmers, livestock and poultry producers, store owners, factories, and workers who are impacted by this situation.  Vessels continue to be anchored at bay, unable to load and unload cargo at docks which are effectively at maximum utilization capacity,” the members wrote.  “In our home state of Arkansas, the economic impacts of these slowdowns have been felt for months, but the situation is becoming much more severe.  These delays must come to an end.”

Contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), the union that represents the dockworkers, and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have been ongoing since spring of 2014, causing disruptions in service.  If an agreement is not reached between the two parties, West Coast ports would shut down.  The National Retail Federation warns that this could cost the U.S. economy approximately $2 billion a day.

The full text of the letter can be found here.

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Womack Votes to Provide Small Businesses, Farmers Tax Relief

2015/02/13

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement in response to the passage of America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015 (H.R. 636), which creates stability for small business owners, farmers, and ranchers by making permanent increased Section 179 small business expensing:

“I applaud the passage of H.R. 636 and the steps the House continues to take to support job creation.  Arkansas farmers and small business owners need to have faith in a stable tax code so they can focus on growing and investing in their businesses,  instead of changing goalposts.”

 

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 Urges President to Sign Keystone Approval

2015/02/11

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today released the following statement in response to the passage of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act (S. 1), a bill which authorizes the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline:

“It has been six long years since the initial Keystone application was submitted.  Americans are ready to build, and the House has shown time-and-time again that we are ready, too.  Today’s passage of S. 1 not only supports jobs creation and an all-of-the-above energy policy critical to America’s success by finally approving the Keystone XL, but it also marks the turning of a page towards smart, bipartisan workings with the newly-led Senate.  President Obama has no more excuses, and I urge him to work with us and sign this commonsense, bipartisan bill 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, Kind Introduce Fair BEER Act

2015/02/05

Federal excise taxes for all beer importers and for brewers of more than two million barrels annually are currently $18 per barrel.  Brewers that produce less than two million barrels annually are taxed at a rate of $7 per barrel for their first 60,000 barrels, significantly decreasing their effective tax rate.  While this reduced tax rate has successfully encouraged new entry into the market, it unintentionally created a barrier to further growth.

Today, Representatives Steve Womack (R-AR-3) and Ron Kind (D-WI-3) – joined by 21 of their House colleagues – introduced the Fair Brewers Excise and Economic Relief (Fair BEER) Act of 2015.  This bipartisan bill comprehensively reforms the federal beer tax imposed on beer importers and all brewers – without picking the winners and losers – by eliminating the production cap and replacing it with the graduated, equitable, and simplified tax structure outlined below.

 Annual Barrel Production Rate  ​
0-7,143
7,144-60,000
60,001-2,000,000
2,000,001+
   Per Barrel Excise Tax Rate    ​
$0.00
$3.50
$16.00
$18.00

Upon introduction, the lead sponsors of the Fair BEER Act released the following statements:

“Our tax policies shouldn’t discourage the growth and continued success of an industry that supports jobs for more than two million Americans, and it shouldn’t pick the winners and losers in the market,” said Womack.  “This comprehensive reform bill supports brewpubs, microbrewers, national craft brewers, major brewers, and importers alike and encourages their entrepreneurial spirit, which is exactly the spirit we need to get America’s economic engine going again.”

“The beer industry has shaped our heritage and history in Wisconsin and plays a crucial role in our state’s economy,” said Kind.  “Here in Wisconsin and across the nation, brewers are employing our workers and creating new jobs, and this pro-growth, bipartisan bill will help them continue to expand and produce high-quality products.”

The final text of the bill can be found here.

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2015 is the Year for RFS Reform

2015/02/04

Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6), Peter Welch (D-VT-AL), Steve Womack (R-AR-3), and Jim Costa (D-CA-16) today introduced H.R. 704, the RFS Reform Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The RFS Reform Act eliminates the corn-based ethanol requirement, caps the amount of ethanol that can be blended into conventional gasoline at 10 percent, and requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set cellulosic biofuels levels at production levels.  The bill had 34 cosponsors at the time of introduction and is supported by a diverse coalition of over 50 organizations.  

Upon introduction, the lead sponsors of H.R. 704 released the following statements:

Congressman Bob Goodlatte: “The ethanol mandate is a true ‘kitchen table’ issue – this unworkable policy impacts every American family trying to make financial decisions.  From food costs to wear and tear on the family car or lawnmower, the RFS means added costs and less money for other purchases.  It certainly impacts the cost of doing business for many, but it’s the consumers who ultimately shoulder the costs of this broken policy.  With the EPA’s continued failure to meet their deadlines, it’s clear that the majorly flawed RFS just isn’t working.  We have a renewed opportunity this Congress to act on real reform of the RFS.  Growing support from lawmakers in the House and Senate, as well as a diverse coalition of organizations, signals that there is momentum.  The RFS Reform Act is a common sense solution to help curb some of the most harmful effects of this federal mandate.” 

Congressman Peter Welch: “The Renewable Fuel Standard is a well-intentioned flop.  The corn-based ethanol mandate is driving up the cost of feed for struggling dairy farmers. It’s driving up the cost of food for working families. And it’s ruining the engines of boats, chainsaws and snowmobiles in Vermont and across the country.  Our bipartisan coalition has made tremendous progress unwinding this failed policy. This bill will remove the remaining consumer subsidy of the ethanol industry, the mandated blending of ethanol into gasoline.”

Congressman Steve Womack: “Not only has the misguided RFS failed to lower prices at the pump, but the artificial market for ethanol it created is having unintended and profound effects on consumers, energy producers, livestock producers, retailers, and our food supply.  Congress must reform the RFS and provide Americans relief.”

Congressman Jim Costa: “The current Renewable Fuel Standard is not only hurting American consumers, energy producers, livestock producers, food manufacturers, and retailers, but has surpassed a sustainable state.  The Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act provides common-sense, long overdue reform that will address many of the issues plaguing the RFS while boosting job creation, strengthening the health of our economy, and increasing the affordability of the food our families eat.  The United States is going through an energy renaissance and this bill is an important step in our future energy success.”

The final text of the bill can be found here

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Womack Votes to Repeal Obamacare, Require Alternative

2015/02/03

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) – a cosponsor of H.R. 596 – today released the following statement in response to House passage of the bill, which repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 in their entirety and calls on the relevant House committees to submit legislation within each committee’s jurisdiction to find new solutions to health care based on twelve guiding principles:

“Obamacare has increased costs for families and businesses alike, killed jobs, made full-time employment harder to find, and limited choice in and access to health care.  Now that the law is fully implemented, it’s clear that this law is more of a train wreck than ever.  Americans deserve better, and they should be able to choose the health care plan they want, which doctors they see, and the costs they can afford instead of receiving directives from the federal government.  I applaud the passage of this bill, which repeals Obamacare and paves the way for a serious, patient-centered alternative to replace 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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Boozman, Cotton, Womack Announce Funding for U of A Mentoring Program for Veteran, Minority Farmers

2015/02/03

U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with U.S. Representative Steve Womack (AR-3), today announced that the University of Arkansas (U of A) has been awarded funding to develop an online and in-person training and mentoring program for military veterans and minority farmers.

“Establishing this type of career development program at our state’s flagship university is significant in light of the sizable role agriculture plays in Arkansas’s economy.  The collaboration will help train and mentor the next generation of farmers, including veterans who are transitioning to civilian life, so that Arkansas can continue to be a leader in the agriculture industry,” Boozman said.

“Young Arkansans hold the future of Arkansas agriculture in their hands.  This program will ensure they have the tools they need to succeed and ensure Arkansas agriculture continues to thrive,” Cotton said.

“Farmers are essential players in the Natural State’s economy,” said Womack.  “We welcome this USDA-University of Arkansas collaboration, which will help grow our next generation of farmers.”

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  U of A will receive $749,720 to establish the program in collaboration with NIFA. 

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Womack Statement on President's 2016 Budget Request

2015/02/02

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget request, which was today submitted to Congress:

“With a debt of over $18 trillion, President Obama’s calls for $2.4 trillion in new spending and $2.1 trillion in tax increases are bold to say the least.  Adding insult to injury, his plan never balances and continues down the same unsustainable path that the American people have resoundingly rejected.  Our fragile economy cannot handle it, and as a member of the House Appropriations and Budget Committees, I look forward to doing the work the President won’t: reviewing our current spending line-by-line to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly and purposefully.”

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 Loan Repayment Extension for Farmers Impacted by Turner Grain

2015/01/29

The Arkansas Congressional delegation today requested Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack extend the loan repayment date for farmers impacted by the collapse of Turner Grain until bankruptcy proceedings are completed. 

Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) extended loan repayment dates for farmers impacted by the collapse of Turner Grain last fall.  The repayment extension is set to expire for farmers during the week of February 1, 2015.

“Given that losses may be as high as $50 million, the situation has the potential to be devastating to Arkansas, where one out of every six jobs is tied to agriculture.  For these reasons, we respectfully request that the Farm Service Agency (FSA) extend the CCC loan repayment date for those farmers awaiting payment from Turner Grain until bankruptcy proceedings are completed,” the lawmakers wrote.

Turner Grain defaulted on its contracts to farmers last August.  In October, the company filed for bankruptcy.

The full text of the letter can be found here.

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4301
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womack.house.gov

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Budget

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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