November 2, 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.

Diamond City Mobile Office Stop
Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 10:00AM – 12:00PM CT
Diamond City Community Center
232 Grand Ave
Diamond City, AR 72635

Van Buren Mobile Office Stop
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, from 11:00AM – 1:00PM CT
Van Buren Senior Activity Center
607 Knox Street
Van Buren, AR 72956

Winslow Mobile Office Stop
Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 11:00AM – 1:00PM CT
Winslow Community Center
396 East Van Buren Avenue
Winslow, Arkansas  72959

Questions? Call my Fort Smith, Harrison, and Rogers offices for more information at (479) 424-1146, (870) 741-6900, or (479) 464-0446.

ICYMI: Womack Pens Op-ed in The Hill

Earlier this week, I penned an op-ed in the Hill showing how bipartisanship can still work in Congress through the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform. The editorial highlights bipartisanship in Congress in advance of process reform recommendations to be reported out of the Joint Select Committee and the upcoming midterm elections.
  
Although comprised of a diversity of political thought, the members of the Joint Select Committee have clearly shared a common goal since being given our charge: producing recommendations that meaningfully improve the congressional budget and appropriations process rather than offering prescriptions for specific budgetary outcomes that benefit one party. We have found value in compromise and collaboration and believe that no matter who holds a majority in either Chamber, our budgetary framework should encourage, if not ensure our success.
 
Ultimately, news of our bipartisan work may not break through the noise of post-election posturing. I regret that. But as you watch returns come in November 6, regardless of which party 'wins,' know that there is and will continue to be bipartisan cooperation and efforts ongoing to ultimately make Congress work better together and work better for the American people.
  
Click here to read the full piece from The Hill. 

WEEK IN REVIEW

One of the best parts of my job is talking to and hearing from constituents, families, businesses, students, and friends from Arkansas’s Third Congressional District. From traveling around Harrison and Russellville, to Yellville and Peel, it was another great week in Arkansas. Below are some highlights! 

I started my week with the Harrison Kiwanis Club. I appreciated having the opportunity to give a Washington update and discuss challenges facing our nation. It was great to speak to such an engaged group and hear more about the issues that matter to them. Kiwanis members are dedicated to strengthening our local community, and I look forward to visiting again soon. 

My next stop was Harrison High School to talk with hundreds of students about their goals and the importance of investing in themselves. These young adults will face many decisions in the coming years, and it’s essential that they know that hard work will lead them to success. We discussed the importance of education, service, and leadership. Our high school students are the future leaders, business owners, teachers, and public servants of our country. With hard work and dedication, their futures will be without limit. A special thank you to Principal Jay Parker and School Superintendent Stuart Pratt for their time and effort!

I value learning about the work of companies in our region. I traveled to Thorpe Industries to check out their plant maintenance, engineering, and manufacturing work. They create custom fiberglass vessels that hold hazardous materials and other liquids. Each container is custom designed to withstand corrosion, high heat, and other challenges. Businesses like this are the job creators, innovators, and economic drivers that keep our local community strong. 

We want our next generation to become good, productive citizens that give back to our state. Having an open dialogue with students in our district is a priority for me, and I always make it a point to visit classrooms throughout our state. On Wednesday, I spent time with Russellville High School Seniors and members of the Junior ROTC program. Leadership goes beyond the school walls, and I was impressed by the caliber of conversation I had with these students. Meeting young people with a passion for serving our country and community is always inspiring. 

I then walked across the campus to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Russellville Multi-Purpose Sports Facility. The complex includes indoor practice space for football programs and other teams, locker rooms, classrooms, a training and weight space, and offices. Providing students and coaches with a first-rate facility will allow student-athletes to train harder, faster, and stronger year-round. 

The manufacturing sector is a critical piece of our economy. Did you know that tire manufacturing alone contributes hundreds of billions of dollars in economic output and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs each year? I visited the Bridgestone Tire plant to learn more about the company and see their production work firsthand. They even let me get some hands-on experience and make a tire inner tube! It was great to meet with employees and see the tire making process. Bridgestone not only keeps truckers and families moving across the country, they also are providing great jobs and boosting economic opportunity.

I ended the day with a small business tour of downtown Russellville. When our small businesses succeed, they create jobs, invest in our communities, and boost opportunity throughout AR-3. Stopping by local shops allows me to learn more about issues business owners face and get firsthand insight into their work to manage and run successful businesses. I always take these insights back to Washington with me to help develop policies that support business growth. Our entrepreneurs embody the values and ideals of Arkansas – hard work, perseverance, and a dedication to ingenuity and innovation. A special thank you to Main Street Russellville and Director Jami Mullen for taking me around!

On Thursday, I took an early morning ferry ride over to Peel. It was great to join residents and discuss some of the things going on in Washington. We talked about a variety of topics, including social security, immigration, economic growth, and the deficit. I also shared some of my priorities in Congress: a strong defense, lower taxes, secure borders, and continued economic growth. It’s important that I hear directly from the people I represent! Thanks to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to share some coffee and their thoughts. 

I wrapped up the week at Yelcot Communications in Yellville, where we talked about rural broadband access and infrastructure challenges in our community. Policies coming from Congress should incentivize increased access to internet, not create more red tape.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend filled with family and friends! Remember to keep an eye on my website or check out my Twitter and 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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