Tom Cotton

Tom Cotton

ARKANSAS' 4th DISTRICT

Cotton Votes to Fund the Government and Combat the Threat of ISIS

2014/09/17

Contact: Doug Coutts: 202-225-3772 Cotton Votes to Fund the Government and Combat the Threat of ISIS Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) released the following statement on passage of H.J. Res. 124, Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015: “Today the House voted to fund the government through December 11. While this is an important step, it’s disappointing that Senate Democrats can’t perform their most basic duty and do the same to provide long-term certainty and to prioritize the use of taxpayer dollars. This legislation also authorizes additional steps to combat the Islamic State. Regrettably, President Obama has ignored for years the threat of the Islamic State, dismissing them as 'the JV team' and saying he has no strategy to fight them, even as they behead Americans and crucify Christians. The Islamic State poses an immediate danger to the safety and security of Arkansans, and all Americans, and it’s past time that we confronted and destroyed this mortal enemy.” ### Read More

Cotton Receives NFIB’s “Guardian of Small Business Award”

2014/09/17

Contact: Doug Coutts: 202-225-3772 Cotton Receives NFIB’s “Guardian of Small Business Award” Washington, D.C.—Today, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) named Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) a recipient of their "Guardian of Small Business Award" for the 113th Congress. The "Guardian of Small Business Award" is awarded each Congress to U.S. Senators and Representatives who demonstrate an outstanding voting record on behalf of America's small businesses.    “The record shows that Rep. Cotton is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.” “Small businesses are the cornerstone of Arkansas's economy. But for the last 6 years, they've struggled under the big-government policies of the Obama Administration," said Cotton. "I am honored to receive this award and I will continue to fight and protect the interests of Arkansas's small businesses." ### Read More

The Brutality of ISIS’ Actions Against Religious Minorities is Barbaric and Intolerable

2014/09/12

Wednesday, I made the opening statement below on the brutality of ISIS against religious minorities during a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing entitled, “Genocidal Attacks Against Christian and Other Religious Minorities in Syria and Iraq”. [[{"fid":"548","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"September 10, 2014: Rep. Tom Cotton Speaks About ISIS' Persecution of Religious Minorities","height":"380","width":"640","class":"media-element file-full"}}]]   Full Text of Remarks “The barbaric actions of the Islamic State have brought the persecution of Christians more immediately in front of the American people, crucifying Christians or even burying them alive, cleansing them from Mosul, the ancient biblical town of Nineveh. But this is not a new phenomenon; this is something that’s been happening for many years. When I served in Iraq in 2006, we saw the persecution of Christians in the neighborhoods in Bagdad, where my soldiers and I patrolled. It’s something that the United States cannot stand idly by and tolerate, especially when it’s perpetrated by enemies that mean to strike the United States here, in the United States’ homeland. As a reminder, they’re our enemies not because of anything we have done in the world but because of who we are and what we stand for. We are a country built on freedom and the first of those freedoms is the freedom of religion.  And they want to strike us because of those freedoms. It’s important that we have the courage to stand up for our own national security and for the oppressed minorities in places like Iraq.” Read More

Cotton Statement on President Obama's ISIS Remarks

2014/09/11

Contact: Doug Coutts: 202-225-3772 Cotton Statement on President Obama's ISIS Remarks Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama's remarks on ISIS last night: "The Islamic State is a mortal threat to America and Arkansas.  President Obama finally acknowledged this threat after months of dismissing them as 'the JV team.'  Yet President Obama still hasn’t laid out a real strategy to defeat the Islamic State, nor is he committed to victory if he thinks terrorist havens like Yemen and Somalia are models of success.  Time will tell if the president appreciates the gravity of the threat and if he finally commits to victory.  Meantime, I will continue to advocate for actions to fight and destroy the Islamic State, just as I did when I fought their precursor, al Qaeda in Iraq, as a soldier in Baghdad." ### Read More

Cotton Statement on passage of the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act

2014/09/09

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt: 202-225-3772  Cotton Statement on passage of the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) released the following statement on today’s passage of the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act: “The EPA’s proposed expansion of the Clean Water Act would allow the government to dictate everything from farmers’ planting schedules to how often they can run a tractor. The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act stops this rule in its tracks and returns the EPA jurisdiction to the common-sense limitations originally created by the Clean Water Act. Arkansans know better than Washington bureaucrats when it comes to protecting our natural resources. Rest assured, I will continue to push back against EPA overreach and protect Arkansas’s interests.” ### Read More

Arkansas Congressmen Applaud USDA Loan Extensions in Turner Case

2014/09/09

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt: 202-225-3772 Arkansas Congressmen Applaud USDA Loan Extensions in Turner Case Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representatives Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Monday for extending the payment date for Farm Service Agency (FSA) Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) by an additional 60 days for agricultural producers affected by the collapse of Tuner Grain Merchandising in Brinkley, Arkansas. On August 28, 2014, the representatives sent a joint letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting an extension of 180 days. Monday, the four Arkansas congressmen received word of Vilsack’s decision to provide a 60-day extension, which begins immediately after the 30 days already provided from the expiration date of the marketing authorizations. The FSA exemption period for affected growers now sits at a total of 90 days. “Arkansas agriculture is critical to our state’s economy and is a central component of our national food supply,” the group said in a joint statement. “We applaud the USDA for granting this extension for our farmers who have been affected by Turner Grain’s collapse, while also ensuring the safety of our food supply. While USDA did not grant the amount of time we felt necessary for impacted agricultural producers to sufficiently recover, we appreciate the department’s timely response to our request and willingness to work with our growers.” ### Read More

Arkansas Congressmen Demand DoD Complete Report to Review Eligibility of Purple Heart for Texas and Arkansas Victims

2014/09/04

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt: 202-225-3772  Arkansas Congressmen Demand DoD Complete Report to Review Eligibility of Purple Heart for Texas and Arkansas Victims WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) today sent a joint letter to U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Chuck Hagel demanding that DoD complete the report required by law to review DoD eligibility for the Purple Heart to victims of the 2009 attack at Fort Hood, Texas, that killed 13 and wounded 32 individuals, and the 2009 attack outside of a Little Rock, Arkansas military recruiting station that claimed the life of Private William Andrew Long and wounded Private Quinton Ezeagwula. This report is required by law under Section 565 of the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The report was due to Congress no later than 180 days after President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on December 26, 2013. DoD has violated the law by not completing the report in the allotted number of days and has informed Congress that it plans to continue the delay of this report until July 2015. The letter says in part: “Given that it has been more than 5 years since these attacks, we find it unacceptable that DoD has delayed this review for yet another year. Further, as you know, the current regulations for awarding a Purple Heart state that members of the Armed Forces who have been killed or wounded ‘after March 28, 1973, as a result of an international terrorist attack against the United States’ shall be eligible for a Purple Heart. All of the men and women killed or wounded in these attacks were victims of terrorism, targeted because they were soldiers. They deserve this recognition for their service and their sacrifice.    “The delay in this report and DoD’s insistence that these brave men and women do not deserve the honor of being awarded the Purple Heart has denied these service members and their families essential benefits that are provided to Purple Heart recipients.  As members of the Armed Forces, we find this continued inaction by the DoD disgraceful, as well as unlawful, and we urge you to exercise your authority to complete this report and honor these men and women with the award they have earned.” The full text of the letter can be found here. ### Read More

Cotton Requests USDA Extend Loan Repayment Date for Turner Grain Farmers

2014/08/28

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 225-3772 Cotton Requests USDA Extend Loan Repayment Date for Turner Grain Farmers Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Cotton today joined his fellow members of the Arkansas House delegation in sending a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding Turner Grain Merchandising Inc., in Brinkley Arkansas. The letter calls on Secretary Vilsack to protect Arkansas farmers awaiting repayment from Turner by extending their loan repayment dates.   We are writing to request USDA, through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), work to ensure that we do not disrupt a considerable portion of America’s most productive agricultural base because badly-needed funds were tied up in litigation.  Specifically, we request the FSA extend the Commodity Credit Corp. loan repayment date for all farmers who are depending on payment from Turner Grain to pay off those loans.  We recommend a period of 180-days to give farmers and the agricultural community in general some sense of assurance.  Further, we recommend that the Agency revisit the extension after 90-days to determine if additional time will be needed beyond the current 180-days.   “Secretary Vilsack has the capability to provide a lifeline to Arkansas farmers and protect Arkansas taxpayers from shouldering the burden of Turner Grain’s apparent  business errors and mismanagement,” said Congressman Cotton. “I look forward to his prompt response to this important matter.”   The full text of the letter can be found here. Read More

Recently Proposed Ozone Standards are Bad News for Arkansas

2014/08/13

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a set of proposed ozone standards that will be the most stringent in history and will put our state’s ability to produce low-cost power in jeopardy. What’s worse, the EPA has done little to demonstrate any benefit these new regulations would have on our long-term environmental health. A study by the National Association of Manufacturers found that these new ozone regulations could cost Arkansas over $240 million in compliance costs, put further pressure on our state’s coal fired power plants, and result in the loss of more than 10,000 jobs—at a time when too many Arkansans are underemployed or out of work. But that’s not all, take a look at the list below for more information on what these regulations would mean for the Natural State. Arkansas could experience 10,489 lost jobs annually An across the board rise in energy costs that will ultimately cost consumers more—sometimes nearly $500 more annually. Arkansas would face a $19 million increase in costs for residents to own or operate their vehicles—including cars, trucks, and 18-wheelers. Three quarters of Arkansas’s coal-fired power plants would be forced to shutdown permanently.  Rest assured that I will continue to look for ways to fight back against EPA’s overregulation.   Read More

Weekly Wrap-Up: July 21, 2014 - August 1, 2014

2014/08/02

House Foreign Affairs Committee  Last week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee met to review the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. Specifically, we examined the threat posed by ISIS and Iranian involvement in the situation, as well as the U.S. response. Click here to learn more about this hearing. The committee also held a mark-up of two bills pertaining to the conflict in Israel. Click here to learn more about this markup.  Tuesday, I attended a subcommittee hearing on Malaysian Flight 17 and the escalating crisis in Ukraine. As you may know, on July 17, 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down by a surface to air missile killing all 298 people on board. Click here for more about this hearing. I also attended a full committee hearing on the Iran nuclear negotiations, which continued the committee’s oversight of the Administration’s decision to extend nuclear negotiations with Iran for an additional four months—including the prospects for and implications of a final agreement.  Click here to learn more about this hearing. Wednesday, the committee held a mark-up on several pieces of legislation supporting Israel, human rights, and religious freedom.  Click here to learn more about this markup.  House Financial Services Committee Last week, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing to assess the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act four years after it was enacted into law. Specifically, the committee examined how Dodd-Frank’s regulatory burdens are hurting our hometown small banks and credit unions. Local financial institutions are struggling as big banks have only gotten bigger and bureaucrats in Washington have become more powerful.  As a result, Arkansans are finding it harder to get a loan or to have a relationship with their local banker as branches disappear. As we’ve seen with Obamacare, the Dodd-Frank Act is another 1,000-page, one-size-fits-all Washington solution that ended up hurting taxpayers and costing Arkansas jobs. Click here to learn more about this hearing.  This week, the committee considered legislation to rein in the excessively loose monetary policy of the Federal Reserve.  Since late 2008 the Fed has been experimenting with monetary policy and interest rates under the guise of trying to lower the unemployment rate.  Although the economy has started to recover, the effects of the Fed’s policies have resulted in no return on savings accounts that many seniors depend on and rising prices of everyday items such as food and gasoline.  These trends cannot continue.  The bill recently passed by the Financial Services Committee would direct the Federal Reserve to follow a clear monetary policy rule—not improvisation—in setting policy to better focus on price stability and transparency.  Click here to learn more. Meriam Ibrahim’s Departure From Sudan Last week, Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman imprisoned for her marriage to a non-Muslim and her refusal to denounce Christianity was finally permitted to leave Sudan. Last month, I introduced a bill that would have given Meriam permanent legal status in the United States. The day before her release, I participated in a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing to further examine her case. I also had the opportunity to discuss Miriam’s situation and religious freedom more broadly on the Family Research Council Washington Watch Radio Show. It is a travesty that Meriam was imprisoned in the first place, but even more troubling that her situation is part of a growing 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.  Christians United for Israel   Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with several Arkansas members of Christians United for Israel in my DC office. We discussed the ongoing challenges in Israel, Iran’s nuclear program, and the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014, which passed the House later that evening.   Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 The problems at the VA are unconscionable. That’s why this week the House passed the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, legislation that implements a number of needed reforms to the VA. I was pleased the Senate followed suit and also passed this legislation and look forward to the President signing it into law. This bill is an important first step toward reforming the VA, but it cannot be our only step. We must remain vigilant and work to ensure this agency is worthy of the sacrifice and dedication of our veterans. Rest assured, I will continue to fight to protect our veterans. Click here to read my full statement.  The Student and Family Tax Simplification Act  Last week, I joined 226 of my colleagues in supporting the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act—legislation that simplifies current education tax benefits to ease the cost burden of a college education. This bill consolidates four current tax benefits for higher education into a reformed American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), a simplified and expanded credit. Click here to learn more about this important bill.  Honoring the Life of Mark Williams  Wednesday, I spoke on the House Floor in memory of Mark Williams, a longtime police officer and Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy instructor. Click here to watch the video and read the full text of my remarks.    Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act Instead of protecting species that are truly at risk, the Obama administration has abused the Endangered Species Act to launch a regulatory assault on Arkansas landowners and sportsmen. That’s why this week the House passed the Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act, legislation that rightly reforms an outdated species-listing process, providing transparency and input from Arkansans during the Endangered Species List classification process. Click here to read my full statement.  Staff-led Veterans Assistance Session Members of my staff will be holding Veterans Assistance Sessions in Hope, Arkadelphia, and Hot Springs on August 12, 2014 to provide information and answer any VA related questions. Please visit my website for more details.  Arkansans in the Capitol  [[{"fid":"538","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-default"}}]] Rep. Cotton with (from left to right) Jim Phillips and Ajay Malshe with NanoMech, Ken Wade with the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Derek and Carlee Helms with the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee of the American Farm Bureau Federation   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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