September 28, 2018

MOBILE OFFICE STOP

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, October 4, 2018, from 9:00AM – 11:00AM CT
Carroll County Senior Center
202 West Madison Ave
Berryville, AR 72616

Russellville Mobile Office Stop
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, from 11:00AM – 1:00PM CT
Pope County Senior Activity Center
1010 North Rochester Avenue
Russellville, AR 72802

Questions? Call my Harrison or Fort Smith office for more information at (870) 741-6900 or (479) 424-1146.

CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE

The Congressional App Challenge is a public effort to encourage students to learn how to code through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district. Middle and high school students from the Third District are invited to participate. Students code original applications for the chance to be selected for recognition by their Member of Congress and have their work put on display in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

Deadline for submission of apps is Monday, October 15, at 5:00PM CT

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional App Challenge please visit the official website or contact my Fort Smith office at (479) 424-1146.

WEEK IN REVIEW

To start off this week's From the Front... I would like to thank all of the Arkansans who stopped by my Washington office during their visits to our nation’s capital, including Roy Sampson of Fayetteville, Noel White of Springdale, Hunter Yuracheck of Fayetteville, Randy Massanelli of Fayetteville, Mike Doss of Fort Smith, Dave Briere of West Rock, members of Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association, Darryl Rhoda of Fayetteville, Aaron and Melissa Agnoli from Bella Vista, Joseph and Jeanne Lombardo from Bentonville, Ray Stowers of Fort Smith, the Crawford County Adult Education Center, James and Abby Foster from Bella Vista, and Shane Acosta and Rachel Turnbull from Springdale.  Safe travels back to the Natural State.

SUSPENSIONS

This week, the House considered and passed on suspension the Public-Private Cybersecurity Cooperation Act (H.R. 6735), the Border Tunnel Task Force Act (H.R. 6740), the Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Drones and Emerging Threats Act (H.R. 6620), the Secure Border Communications Act (H.R. 6742), the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act (S. 3479), the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (H.R. 6378), the Nuclear Utilization of Keynote Energy Act (H.R. 1320), the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Reform Act (H.R. 6511), a bill to reauthorize the West Valley demonstration project, and for other purposes (H.R. 2389), the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (S. 2554), the Know the Lowest Price Act (S. 2553), Responsible Disposal Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2278), the Small Business Access to Capital and Efficiency Act (H.R. 6348), Real Estate Appraisal Harmonization Act (H.R. 6347), the Small Business Advocacy Improvements Act (H.R. 6316), the Small Business Runway Extension Act (H.R. 6330), the Incentivizing Fairness in Subcontracting Act (H.R. 6367), the Encouraging Small Business Innovators (H.R. 6368), the Expanding Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Act (H.R. 6369), the Clarity on Small Business Participation in Category Management Act (H.R. 6382), the Small Business Innovation Protection Act (S. 791), the Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success Act (H.R. 6758), the Preventing Child Exploitation Act (H.R. 6847), a bill Expressing the sense of Congress that child safety is the first priority of custody and visitation adjudications, and that State courts should improve adjudications of custody where family violence is alleged (H.Con.Res. 72), the Ashanti Alert Act (H.R. 5075), the Kerrie Orozco First Responders Family Support Act (H.R. 6580), the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act (H.R. 1872), the Migratory Bird Framework and Hunting Opportunities for Veterans Act (H.R. 6013), the Nevada Lands Bill Technical Corrections Act (H.R. 6299), a bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to manage the Point Reyes National Seashore in the State of California consistent with Congress' longstanding intent to maintain working dairies and ranches on agricultural property as part of the seashore's unique historic, cultural, scenic and natural values (H.R. 6687), the FDR Historic Preservation Act (H.R. 5420), a bill to modify the application of temporary limited appointment regulations to the National Park Service (H.R. 6599), a bill to extend the authorization for the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission (H.R. 5585), the Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act (H.R. 5509), the National Institute of Standards and Technology Reauthorization Act (H.R. 6229), the Department of Energy Veterans’ Health Initiative Act (H.R. 6398), the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act (S. 1595), the Hack Your State Department Act (H.R. 5433), the Improving Strategies to Counter Weapons Proliferation Act (H.R. 6332), the Federal Reserve Supervision Testimony Clarification Act (H.R. 4753), the Financial Technology Protection Act (H.R. 5036), the Empowering Financial Institutions to Fight Human Trafficking Act (H.R. 6729), the Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act (H.R. 6737), the Banking Transparency for Sanctioned Persons Act (H.R. 6751), the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Act (H.R. 3834), the Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act (H.R. 754), the Guidance Out Of Darkness Act (H.R. 4809), the REAL ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States Act (H.R. 3398), the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency Act (H.R. 4887), the Correcting Miscalculations in Veterans’ Pensions Act (H.R. 4431), the IG Subpoena Authority Act (H.R. 4917), the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Amendments Act (H.R. 5896), and a bill to require the United States Postal Services to establish new ZIP codes (H.R. 6846). 

FAA REAUTHORIZATION ACT PASSAGE

Strengthening and modernizing U.S. aviation infrastructure is crucial to ensuring that our system meets 21st century demands. That’s why the House considered and passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act (H.R. 302) this week. The bipartisan bill reauthorizes the FAA program for five years and modernizes essential aviation infrastructure policies. The legislation prioritizes passenger safety and experience, makes investments in our airports, and promotes job growth and economic competitiveness. Americans and Arkansans rely on air travel for personal and business reasons each day, and I’m pleased that we’ve passed legislation to make our skies safer and more reliable for all. It is the first time that Congress has approved a five-year FAA reauthorization bill since 1982. 

DEFENSE AND LHHS APPROPRIATIONS BILLS

Congress made great progress on one of its principal constitutional duties – funding the government. The House passed a package of appropriations legislation (H.R. 6157), which included the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019. It also implemented a short-term continuing resolution that will keep the rest of the federal government open through December 7th.

The legislation boosts U.S. military readiness. It equips our armed forces with the tools they need, provides troops with a well-deserved pay raise, prioritizes the modernization of defense technology, and makes investments in Arkansas’s defense industry and National Guard programs. It also includes resources to combat the opioid abuse epidemic, advance medical research for diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s, develop a 21st century workforce, and improve education initiatives.

Congress has now approved 75% of all annual discretionary funding before the end of the fiscal through regular order. We have an obligation to the American people to keep our government functioning, and it was a privilege to serve as a conferee to finalize this legislation. H.R. 6157 was passed by a vote of 361-61 and was signed into law by President Trump today.

SUPPORTING THE MARSHALLESE IN ARKANSAS

The House passed the REAL ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States (H.R. 3398), legislation to support the Marshallese in Arkansas. This bill will allow the Marshallese and other citizens of Freely Associated States to obtain permanent driver's licenses and personal identification cards.

Under current law, citizens of these regions can only obtain temporary licenses that need to be renewed each year. This has caused difficulties for many legal residents who are asked for long-term identification cards when seeking job opportunities or doing other basic things like establishing a bank account. 

The Marshallese are a vital and contributing part of our community. By instituting reforms through this bill, we will help ensure that the Marshallese who move to Northwest Arkansas have the tools they need to build their lives and pursue career opportunities. I’m pleased that we are a step closer to fully fixing this problem. I also want to thank Ambassador Gerald Zackios and Eldon Aik, Consul General for the Marshall Island Consulate in Springdale, for their support on this issue. Learn more about the legislation here

TAX REFORM 2.0

I supported additional tax relief for Arkansas families and businesses. I proudly voted to pass the Tax Reform 2.0 package, which included the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts of 2018 (H.R. 6760), Family Savings Act of 2018 (H.R. 6757), and American Innovation Act of 2018 (H.R. 6756). The legislation makes tax-cuts for middle-class families and small businesses permanent to ensure that hardworking Americans continue to benefit from our new tax code for generations to come. It also includes provisions to expand retirement savings options and boost our innovation economy.

Since tax reform was implemented, we have seen historic economic growth and opportunity in Arkansas and across the country. Unemployment is at its lowest in decades, job opportunities are at a record high, American workers are seeing wages rise, and families are keeping more of their hard-earned money. This legislation builds on this progress by locking in tax cuts for middle-class families and small businesses. It also expands access to new retirement plans and allows entrepreneurs to deduct more of their startup costs to help Americans save for their futures and build their own businesses.

This package means bigger paychecks, a stronger economy, and better futures for Arkansans. Thanks to pro-growth policies like the ones we passed this week, middle-class families and small businesses are finally seeing the American dream in reach again.

HELPING PATIENTS AND COMMUNITIES

To close legislative business for the week, the House passed the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (H.Res. 1099) to combat the opioid crisis. This bipartisan package will help save lives by educating the vulnerable, supporting those struggling with addiction find recovery, and stopping the flow of illicit drugs into our communities. By working together and implementing effective policies, our nation will be able to overcome this deadly epidemic.

Remember to keep an eye on my website or check out my Twitter and Instagram pages to stay up-to-date with the latest news from the Third District and Washington.

From the front...


Congressman Steve Womack
Arkansas Third District


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