Congressman Tom Cotton

Representing the 4th District of Arkansas
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Constitutional Issues

As an Army officer, I took an oath of office to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and I administered that oath to many soldiers. I will proudly take the same oath as your congressman, and I will honor that oath by always asking one question about any proposed law: Is it constitutional?

The Constitution has secured for us the blessings of liberty, prosperity, and justice for more than 200 years. It is the oldest and greatest written constitution in the world because it is, as James Madison wrote, “the greatest of all reflections on human nature.” Because power is necessary in government but men are apt to abuse power, the Constitution controls governmental power by making it representative, separated, and limited. Too many politicians view these precautions as an inconvenient restraint on their grand ambitions, but I believe the constitutional structure is an essential safeguard of liberty.

I will always fight against unconstitutional laws like ObamaCare. I will keep faith with my oath to defend the Constitution by reviewing proposed laws for constitutional defects. I will never pass the buck to the courts by voting for a law that I believe is unconstitutional—if a proposed law is unconstitutional in my judgment, then I will vote against it.

More on Constitutional Issues

Jul 11, 2014 Cotton Blog

House Foreign Affairs Committee

Jun 27, 2014 Cotton Blog

House-Passed Anti-Trafficking Legislation

Jun 24, 2014 Press Release
Contact: Caroline Rabbitt: 202-225-3772


Cotton Urges Senate to Consider House-Passed Anti-Trafficking Legislation

Washington, D.C.  Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) today released the following statement on the FBI human trafficking sting in Arkansas:  

May 23, 2014 Cotton Blog

House Financial Service Committee 

May 9, 2014 Cotton Blog

Disaster Declaration for Pulaski, Randolph, and White Counties 

May 7, 2014 Press Release

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt: 202-225-3772 

Cotton Votes to Hold the IRS Accountable

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) released the following statement after voting to hold former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress and to ask Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups:

Jan 28, 2014 Cotton Blog
Tonight, Congress will receive the State of the Union address from President Obama. Article II, Section 3 of the United States Constitution states that “[the President] shall from time shall from time to time give to Congress information on the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address—then referred to as an annual message—in 1790.
Jul 10, 2013 Articles & Op-Eds
The Wall Street Journal 
Congressman Tom Cotton
America is a nation of immigrants, but we're also a nation of laws, and the U.S. immigration system should respect both traditions. Unfortunately, the Senate immigration bill undermines the rule of law without solving the country's illegal-immigration problem, and it will harm American workers.
Jun 14, 2013 Cotton Blog

Earlier today I spoke on the House floor against an amendment offered to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have closed the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The amendment failed by a vote of 174-249. Full text of my remarks are below. 


Jun 4, 2013 Press Release
Contact: Caroline Rabbitt 202-225-3772
Cotton Introduces the Stop Court Packing Act
“The last thing Arkansans need is more judges in Washington, D.C. 
making decisions for our state.”  
Washington, D.C.