Weekly Wrap-Up: November 4, 2013 - November 8, 2013
Oath of Enlistment Ceremony
Tuesday morning, I had the honor of administering the Oath of Enlistment for a group of new Army recruits at the Arkansas State Capitol Building. As a veteran of the United States Army, I was deeply honored to participate in this ceremony. As a fellow Arkansan and American, I couldn’t be more grateful and proud of these young men and women for the commitment they have made to their country.
Little Rock Rotary Club Meeting
Tuesday afternoon, I addressed the Rotary Club of Little Rock’s monthly lunch meeting and spoke about the ongoing problems with Obamacare. As many of you know, open enrollment for the healthcare exchanges opened October 1st and has been riddled with problems. As I told the Rotary Club, I fear the website problems are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this unworkable law. I was grateful for the opportunity to address the Rotary Club of Little Rock and I want to congratulate them on their continued celebration of their centennial year.
Recently, it has come to light that the suspected Benghazi terrorists are not included in the State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program. This program allows the Secretary of State to offer monetary rewards for information leading to the arrest of terrorists and has proved to be an effective counterterrorism tool. Last week, I joined Homeland Security Committee Chairman McCaul and 84 of our colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking why these terrorists are not included in the Rewards for Justice Program. To read more about this program and to see the full text of our letter, please visit the Cotton Blog.
Jackson House Visit
Last month, I announced the Jackson House in Hot Springs would be one of three charities to receive my salary from the government shutdown. This week I visited the Jackson House to present my donation, tour the facility, and volunteer with their lunch program.
The Jackson House is a community crisis center that provides short-term emergency assistance such as food, clothing, shelter, and medicine. Jackson House represents the best of what I think is Arkansas spirit, helping your neighbor when times get tough. It seems each time I visit Hot Springs I hear about Jackson House and how important it is to the community.
United Way of Southeast Arkansas
The United Way of Southeast Arkansas will also receive a portion of my salary from the government shutdown. This week I was able to visit their offices to present my donation and learn more about their operations. The mission of the United Way is simple, but critically important: “to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common good.”
The United Way of Southeast Arkansas is truly a model chapter. They have done an exceptional job in their efforts to better communities throughout Southeast Arkansas. But what is particularly striking about this chapter is their drive and dedication. They are constantly looking for new, innovative projects to help their community. To put it simply, they go above and beyond their call of duty.
HealthCare Town Hall Announced
I will be holding a healthcare town hall event in Hot Springs on Saturday, November 16, 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. More detailed information can be found here. To submit a question in advance of the town hall, please email me or call (202) 225-3772.