Congressman Tom Cotton

Representing the 4th District of Arkansas
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Weekly Wrap-Up: November 11, 2013- November 15, 2013

Nov 15, 2013
Cotton Blog
Veterans Day 
As the proud son and grandson of veterans, and as a veteran myself, Veterans Day is particularly meaningful for me and my family, just as it is for so many of yours. I spent this Veterans Day traveling around the district attending events, including a great Veterans Day rally at Paris Middle School. To read more on the history of Veterans Day, be sure to visit the Veterans Day post on the Cotton Blog. 
Keep Your Health Care Act 
Tuesday, I appeared on Fox News' Hannity to discuss the Keep Your Health Care Act, which passed in the House today. The Keep Your Health Care Act rescues Arkansans from some of the first consequences of Obamacare. This unworkable law is already doing massive damage to our health-care system and the worst is yet to come. As the President and his allies scramble to save political face, I will continue to work to protect Arkansans from Obamacare.  You can read my full statements on both the President’s Obamacare announcement and House passage of the Keep Your Health Care Act here.  
Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Mark-up
On Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa held a mark-up of H.R. 147, a resolution condemning Iran for its persecution of religious minorities. The egregious human-rights violations of the Iranian regime are beyond the pale of the civilized world. Secretary Kerry and President Obama must continue to pressure Iran to respect the natural rights of its citizens. The mullahs must know there are consequences for persecuting Christians and suppressing religious freedom. I am a proud co-sponsor of this resolution and was pleased that it passed through the subcommittee.  Read my full statement on the mark-up here
Financial Services 
Thursday, the House Financial Services Committee held a mark-up of several bills, including H.R. 1800, the Small Business Credit Availability Act. This legislation will allow for increased lending from business development companies to lend to small businesses, while simultaneously supporting and safeguarding the flow of capital. 

Wednesday, I had the opportunity to meet with Ellen McNulty, Vice President of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation. We discussed the Land and Water Conservation Fund and public access to federal land in Arkansas.  It was also great to see Fulton Mayor Henry Hale and the University of Arkansas Student Body President, Bo Renner, in my office on Thursday. 
Upcoming Events
I will be holding a healthcare town hall event in Hot Springs on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM to discuss the President’s healthcare law and its impact on Arkansas. I will give a brief legislative update and then take questions. To submit a question in advance of the town hall, email me or call (202) 225-3772.