Weekly Wrap-Up: September 9, 2013 - September 13, 2013
Unlawful Obamacare Subsidies: This week I introduced legislation that will block the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) from providing unlawful healthcare subsidies for representatives, senators and their staff. If Arkansans and millions of other hardworking Americans are subject to this terrible law and its disruptions then so should Members of Congress. One Arkansan that called my office said, 'if it’s “good” enough for you, it’s “good” enough for me.' He couldn’t have been more correct. There will be no special deals for Washington, DC Insiders, if I have anything to do with it. Read more in this article.
Remembering September 11th: Wednesday marked the twelfth anniversary of September 11th. It is impossible for us to forget that day—the pain and sadness will forever be etched on our hearts. But we must also remember the heroism and selflessness of those who put their lives in danger to help their fellow countrymen and our unity and our strength and our country’s great resolve. It also marked the one year anniversary of the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, where four Americans were killed. You can read my full statement here.
Remarks to the American Enterprise Institute: This week I participated in panel at the American Enterprise Institute, where I made remarks on the state of Al Qaeda today. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee I appreciated the opportunity to share my thoughts on this topic. My full remarks, as delivered, can be found here. Read more in this article.
Brookshire Grocery Company: I met Brookshire Grocery Company this week, which operates 12 stores in Arkansas. Like many other companies across our state, Brookshire is greatly concerned with the impact Obamacare will have on their operations. Grocery stores need a flexible workforce to fulfill their staffing needs. Obamacare will eliminate this flexibility and result in layoffs and reduced hours for employees.
Staff Birthday: Rachel, a staff member in my Washington, D.C. office celebrated her birthday on September 13th. Happy Birthday Rachel!
American Legion: I also had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the American Legion in my Washington, D.C. office this week with Mr. Vernun Bynum making the trip up from Arkansas! We discussed several veterans specific issues including the VA claims backlog, veteran homelessness, and in-state tuition through the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This topic is extremely important to me because not only am I a veteran, but my father and grandfather are as well. The men and women who put their lives in harm’s way for our country deserve the best.