Tom Cotton

Tom Cotton

ARKANSAS' 4th DISTRICT

Cotton Pleased with Meriam Ibrahim’s Departure From Sudan

2014/07/24

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt: 202-225-3772 Cotton Pleased with Meriam Ibrahim’s Departure From Sudan Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) released the following statement on Meriam Ibrahim’s departure from Sudan last night: “I couldn’t be more pleased that Meriam Ibrahim was permitted to leave Sudan. I look forward to her arrival in the United States, where she will now be able to practice her Christian faith freely. “It is a travesty that Meriam was imprisoned at all, but even more troubling that her situation is part of a pattern of persecution of Christians around the world that must be stopped. As a country founded by religious refugees, and for whom religious freedom is our very first freedom, the United States must always stand for religious liberty. Meriam’s struggle is a reminder of that duty and honor.”  ### Read More

Arkansas Delegation Announces Disaster Declaration for Farmers, Ranchers Affected by Flooding

2014/07/23

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt: 202-225-3772 Arkansas Delegation Announces Disaster Declaration for Farmers, Ranchers Affected by Flooding  Washington, D.C. - 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’ 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. ### Read More

Weekly Wrap-Up: July 14, 2014 - July 18, 2014

2014/07/18

House Foreign Affairs Committee Tuesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a subcommittee hearing to discuss the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). ISIL has taken over large territories in Syria and northern Iraq and is now controlling more territory than any other al-Qaeda affiliate or ideologically sympathetic terrorist group. This group poses one of the greatest threats to U.S. security interests in the Middle East. Click here to learn more about this hearing. Wednesday, the committee also met to review Iran’s destabilizing role throughout the Middle East – including Iraq, Syria, and Gaza. Witnesses assessed how Iran will respond to the looming deadline to negotiate a comprehensive agreement on their nuclear program. The hearing also examined strategies for effectively countering Iran’s destructive activities. Click here to learn more about this hearing. House Financial Services Committee Tuesday, the House Financial Services Committee held a subcommittee hearing to discuss much-needed regulatory relief proposals for community banks, including my bill, the American Savings Promotion Act (H.R. 3374). It seems that too few Americans have learned the importance of savings. In 2012, the annual savings rate in the United States was just 4.1 percent. That is why I introduced the American Savings Promotion Act, legislation that would authorize the use of prize-linked savings accounts to encourage savings. Click here to learn more about this important bill. Thursday, the House Financial Services Committee held a Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee hearing to review the Bank Account Seizure of Terrorist Assets Act (BASTA). The BASTA Act would seize assets of convicted terrorists. Click here to learn more. Finally, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before the committee on monetary policy and the economy. Click here for more information. From the House Floor Tuesday, the House approved highway funding legislation that will keep infrastructure projects funded through the peak summer construction season. In the longer term, we can’t keep spending money we don’t have on big-city transportation and infrastructure projects that don’t benefit Arkansas taxpayers. The highway program is running out of money because liberal politicians waste too much on projects like streetcars in Charlotte, instead of the roads and bridges needed in places like Arkansas. I urge the Senate to pass the House-passed legislation immediately. Protecting Our Troops   It’s recently come to light that soldiers fighting on the front lines are receiving letters at home informing them that their service will no longer be needed when their deployment ends. This action is another shameful display of President Obama's disregard for our country’s warfighters. This week, I urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to include an amendment in their mark-up of their Department of Defense Appropriations Bill that would stop these reductions in force. While no such amendment was included, I am hopeful one will be included when the bill is considered by the full Senate. The Regulatory De-militarization Act Did you know numerous federal regulatory agencies were granted law enforcement power in the 2002 Homeland Security Act? As a result, agencies like the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and even the Department of Education now have their own highly armed, SWAT-like police forces. The existence of highly armed units within such agencies is duplicative, costly, and can be hazardous to peaceful, law-abiding citizens. That is why I introduced the Regulatory De-militarization Act, legislation that will repeal federal regulatory agencies’ arrest and firearm authority and prohibit them from purchasing weaponry regulated under the National Firearms Act, such as machine guns and grenades. Arkansas Meetings Wednesday, I met with Arkansas members of the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America. We discussed the uncertainty the EPA has created for gasoline programs and how Obamacare impacts their industry. I also met with Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach and Director of Policy Zac Bradley while they were in DC. We discussed several issues Arkansans are facing including the recent flooding in northeast Arkansas, listings under the Endangered Species Act, and the Water Resources Development Act. We also discussed the importance of the House-passed legislation to extend the highway projects in Arkansas. Staff-led Veterans Assistance Session Members of my staff will be holding Veterans Assistance Sessions in Monticello and Hamburg on July 22, 2014 to provide information and answer any VA related questions. Please visit my website for more details. Read More

The Regulatory Agency De-militarization Act

2014/07/17

Did you know numerous federal regulatory agencies were granted law enforcement power in the 2002 Homeland Security Act? As a result, agencies like the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and even the Department of Education now have their own highly armed, swat-like police forces. And they’re using them—in 2010, armed officers from the FDA raided a California organic grocery store accused of selling raw milk and just a few months ago, the Department of Agriculture solicited submachine guns for its law enforcement units. I am deeply concerned about this militarization of our federal agencies. The existence of highly armed units within such agencies is duplicative, costly, and can be hazardous to peaceful, law-abiding citizens. These types of law enforcement activities should be carried out by the Department of Justice, including the FBI, the U.S. Marshals, and the Drug Enforcement Agency. That is why I’ve sponsored the Regulatory Agency De-militarization Act (H.R. 4934), legislation that will repeal federal regulatory agencies’ arrest and firearm authority and prohibit them from purchasing weaponry regulated under the National Firearms Act, such as machine guns and grenades. Rest assured, I am committed to demilitarizing these agencies and reigning in Washington’s out-of-control spending and dangerous behaviors. I will continue to work with my colleagues to bring this legislation to the House floor.  Read More

The American Savings Promotion Act

2014/07/15

Growing up on a farm in Dardanelle, my parents made sure I understood the value of a dollar and the value of saving a dollar. Unfortunately, I fear too many Americans today haven’t learned the same lessons about the importance of savings. Did you know the annual savings rate in the United States in 2012 was just 4.1 percent? And the average rate of Americans’ personal savings has declined about 56 percent over the last 50 years. In the event of an unexpected loss of stable income more than 40 percent of American households lack the savings to cover basic expenses for three months. That is why I introduced the American Savings Promotion Act (H.R. 3374), legislation that would authorize the use of prize-linked savings account to encourage savings.  Below you will find additional information about this important bill. Prize-linked savings (PLS) accounts are an innovative tool to encourage saving while offering the thrill of a chance to win a larger prize. These accounts are safe and regulated. Money in the accounts is never at risk and chances to win are based on the number of deposits an individual makes. Unfortunately, an antiquated federal regulation from the 1960s prohibits banks from offering PLS accounts. The American Savings Promotion Act creates a narrow exemption for PLS products while maintaining the current ban on federally-insured financial institutions from operating lotteries. This law simply removes the federal regulation—empowering states to decide to decide how they will regulate PLS products for themselves. *Data source: 2012 and 2013 Economic Reports of the President Read More

Cotton Urges Senate to Protect Deployed Troops From Losing Their Jobs

2014/07/15

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt: 202-225-3772 Cotton Urges Senate to Protect Deployed Troops From Losing Their Jobs Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) released the following statement in response to recent reports that soldiers deployed to Afghanistan received letters informing them their service would no longer be needed when their deployments end:     “The men and women deployed overseas have left their homes and families to fight for our country. It's deplorable the Obama administration would treat them this way. This action is yet another shameful display of President Obama's disregard for our country’s warfighters. “The House had already passed the annual military-funding bill before this situation came to light, otherwise I would've proposed an amendment to stop these reductions in the force. Fortunately, the Senate Appropriations Committee will consider the military-funding bill this week, and I urge the Senate to remedy this situation by prohibiting these reductions.  To make things easy, I have drafted the amendment and urge my colleagues in the Senate to stand up for our military." Amendment Text:  Amendment to S. _____, FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Offered by _______________ At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: None of the funds made available by this Act shall be used to effectuate a reduction in force impacting a member of any branch of services who is currently deployed to a theatre of combat. ### Read More

Weekly Wrap-Up: July 7, 2014 - July 11, 2014

2014/07/11

House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on the state of human rights in Southeast Asia. The hearing gave the committee the opportunity to hear from regional experts about the critical human rights issues they see throughout the area. Recognizing the promotion of democracy and human rights are vital to foreign policy. Click here to learn more. Thursday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on the future of international civilian nuclear cooperation—which is the international legal framework under which countries are permitted to have peaceful nuclear programs. Specifically, this hearing examined the role of civilian nuclear cooperation agreements in U.S. foreign policy. Click here to learn more.  House Financial Services Committee Thursday, the House Financial Services Committee examined legislation to reform the Federal Reserve and its conduct of monetary policy. After multiple expansions of the central bank’s balance sheet, many Arkansans can sense that their dollar just isn’t going as far as it used to. The Fed has veered too far away from a strong dollar with discretionary monetary interventions, leading to compromised independence and market volatility. This legislation would direct the Fed to follow a clear rules-based policy, as well as to conduct cost-benefit analyses prior to implementing certain new financial regulations. Click here to learn more.  Federal Disaster Assistance for Arkansas Farmers and Ranchers Tuesday, the Arkansas Delegation wrote to USDA Secretary Vilsack expressing our support of Governor Beebe’s request for federal disaster assistance for Arkansas  farmers and ranchers affected by recent severe weather . I was pleased to see Secretary Vilsack granted Governor Beebe’s request and I appreciate his swift action on this matter. Click here to read the full text of the letter.  Association of Mature American Citizens Award  Thursday, I was honored to receive an award from the Association of Mature American Citizens for my work in Congress to protect and advance the interests of seniors.  I am grateful for this recognition and I will continue to work hard to protect seniors.  Arkansas 4-H Delegates in DC It was wonderful to see 4-H delegates from Arkansas in DC on Wednesday for the Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), a 4-H program. We discussed what they had been doing in DC so far and how they work to embody the 4-H motto, “to make the best better.” My mom, Avis, took her first trip to Washington, D.C. with a 4H group in 1964 representing Lonoke County. I know she has fond memories of this trip and I hope my visitors this week will carry their memories with them for a lifetime.  Arkansas Farm Credit Meeting  It was great to see board members of Arkansas Farm Credit in DC this week and discuss the loan programs they have for new farmers, their efforts to help veterans, and the impact of the recent floods on agriculture across the state.  Surplus Military Vehicles Exempted from Emission Standards  This week, the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency reached an agreement allowing surplus military vehicles to be exempt from new emission standards. You may not know that the Department of the Defense loans, or sells cheaply, excess equipment to communities across the country—including several in Arkansas. The surplus program was set to end as the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the Department of Defense to destroy all surplus equipment that did not meet their new emissions standards. This agreement means this important program will continue. Staff-led Veterans Assistance Sessions Members of my staff will be holding Veterans Assistance Sessions in Monticello and Hamburg on July 22, 2014 to provide information and answer any VA related questions. Please visit my website for more details. Arkansans in the Capitol [[{"fid":"522","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] Rep. Tom Cotton (from left to right) with the Arkansas 4-H delegates- Landon Sullivan with the U.S. Cattlemen Association-the Arkansas Soybean Association-  Rebbeca Simmons with Federally Employed Women   Read More

The Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act

2014/07/10

Child pornography is an egregious crime, whose victims are forever scarred by this exploitation. While nothing can ever fully repair the damage, financial restitution from those responsible for their pain would help these victims move forward in their lives. Unfortunately, under current law, the restitution process for child pornography victims is flawed. It wrongly places the burden of proof on the victim and fails to recognize the additional damage that occurs each time an image is re-shared on the Internet. The sad reality is many victims often receive little or no restitution. That is why I introduced the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act, which would empower victims of child pornography and ensure they receive the support they need and deserve. Specifically, this bill establishes a straightforward, practical restitution process—based on the unique harm of child pornography causes—that places the burden of proof on the defendant. It also accounts for the potential of future damage to the victim through the re-sharing of images on the Internet and requires medical services like therapy and rehabilitation are included in the restitution package. The Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act makes the recovery and well-being of victims a top-priority in our fight to end this heinous exploitation of children. Read More

Arkansas Delegation Requests Disaster Assistance for State’s Farmers, Ranchers

2014/07/08

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt: 202-225-3772 Arkansas Delegation Requests Disaster Assistance for State’s Farmers, Ranchers Washington, D.C. – 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 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.  ### Read More

Weekly Wrap-Up: June 23, 2014 - June 27, 2014

2014/06/27

House-Passed Anti-Trafficking Legislation Human trafficking is a growing problem throughout the United States and in Arkansas. Just last week, the FBI rescued two children from a sex trafficking ring that spanned seven cities in Arkansas and involved at least six traffickers. Last month, the House passed several bills that would help law enforcement better combat this egregious crime and save more children from becoming victims. Unfortunately, they remain stalled in the Senate, where Senator Reid has yet to even schedule them for a vote. I urge the Senate to put politics aside and pass these bills immediately. Click here for my full statement. Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2014 This week, I introduced the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2014, legislation that will ensure  an effective restitution process for child pornography victims. Existing restitution law places the burden of proof on the victim—meaning they chase defendants for years and often receive very little. Among other things, this bill would establish a more practical restitution law that makes victims a top priority by placing the burden on the defendants. I am grateful to my colleague, Congressman Cartwright (D-PA), for working with me on this legislation and I look forward to it advancing in the House. Extension of the Comment Period for the Proposed Endangered Species Classification of the Northern Long-Eared Bat This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a six month extension of the comment period on their proposed endangered species classification of the northern long-eared (NLE) bat. Earlier this month, the Arkansas House delegation sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, expressing our concern over the proposed classification and requesting that extension. As you may know, an endangered species classification of the northern long-eared bat could have a devastating impact on several of Arkansas’s most important industries and we must be sure to resolve all questions surrounding this designation. In the coming months, I will continue to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor this matter. House Financial Services Committee Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew delivered the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s annual report to the House Financial Services Committee. The Financial Stability Oversight Council is under excessive regulation created by the Dodd-Frank Act that is hurting economic growth and creating challenges for unemployed and underemployed Americans. Click here to learn more.  Wednesday, the committee met to examine the re-authorization of the Export-Import Bank. We took a deeper look at the Export-Import Bank’s role, the effectiveness of the reforms made in 2012, and the arguments for and against re-authorization. Click here for more information. House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a subcommittee hearing on the disunity, political instability, and deteriorating economy of Libya. We also reviewed the implications for U.S. national security interests in the area and how to further address these challenges. Click here for more information. Thursday, the committee held a markup of eight bills, including the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act. This bill makes changes to the State Department’s internal power structure to ensure trafficking receives the same level of attention as other pressing diplomatic concerns. Click here for more information. Arkansas Credit Union Association Tuesday, I met with Ron and Claudetta Harrod, Reta Kahley, and Terry Tucker with the Arkansas Credit Union Association. Unfortunately, credit unions have faced a tidal wave of new regulations under Dodd-Frank and the Obama administration’s other policies. We discussed the impact these regulations are having on Arkansas’s credit unions and their ability to lend to small business and homeowners.  Arkansans in the Capitol  [[{"fid":"519","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] Rep. Tom Cotton with (from left to right) Hayley Ham from Hot Springs -  Danny Brackett from Springdale - Roger & Sheila Wardlaw from Russellville Read More

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Foreign Affairs

Tom Cotton represents the Fourth Congressional District of Arkansas in the United States House of Representatives. He is serving his first term in the House and sits on the Financial Services and House Foreign Affairs Committees.

Born and raised on his family’s cattle farm in Yell County, Tom is a sixth generation Arkansan and a native of the congressional district he now represents. He graduated from Dardanelle high school, Harvard, and Harvard Law School.

The 9/11 attacks occurring during Tom’s final year in law school, causing him to leave law after a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and a brief period in private practice to join the armed forces. Tom declined a commission as a JAG attorney and instead joined the United States Army as an Infantry Officer.

Tom served nearly five years on active duty, completing two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne, where he led an infantry platoon in daily combat patrols. Tom’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab. Between his two combat tours, Tom served as a platoon leader with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. He then served in Afghanistan as the operations officer for a Provincial Reconstruction Team. After leaving active duty and before Congress, Tom worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co.


Serving With

Rick Crawford

ARKANSAS' 1st DISTRICT

Tim Griffin

ARKANSAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Steve Womack

ARKANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

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