Camden News: Cotton is ORVA Speaker, Talks About Future Plans
Aug 30, 2013
Articles & Op-Eds
By: Jennifer Sheridan
Congressman Tom Cotton spoke at the Ouachita River Valley Association conference Wednesday in Camden about how to find solutions to the problems on the Ouachita River in a budget-constrained environment with an earmark ban in Congress.
He told the members of ORVA that the government is currently $17 trillion in debt.
Cotton also said that Congress has lowered the deficit to $600-700 billion, and he recognized that as an improvement. However, he said he believes Congress can do better by improving the quality of spending.
Cotton said that in January, Congress received money from a tax increase, and four days after, passed a $60 billion bill for Hurricane Sandy Relief. He reported that the money, however, did not go to help people recover from the disaster, but was used for emergency projects he claimed were a “wish list for city mayors and governors in the northeast for many years.”
He said the deficit is caused by Congress not being able to stop spending. He stated that the spending would eventually lead to a debt crisis, making people question investing in the U.S.
Cotton said the way to avoid the crisis is by turning spending and focusing on important items such as Medicare.
He added that the deficit also effects layoffs in the military because the country cannot afford to pay for soldiers.
He said the government is still required to pay soldiers’ benefits.
Cotton acknowledged the earmark ban in Congress, and said he thinks it is a good idea - even though some ORVA members might disagree with him.
He said he will work to preserve the earmark ban. His reasons for supporting the ban include providing help to eliminate corruption in congress; reducing overall spending; and helping with quality of spending.
Cotton said he is willing to stand up to his party for Arkansas’ best interests. He claimed he has voted against his party several times and has been called ‘not bipartisan enough.’
He said his plan is to fund important priorities, including empowering groups like ORVA by getting more money from Congress, or getting more private investments. He said the country needs to use its transportation resources for oil and gas to help grow the industry.
Cotton closed by saying people may disagree with his opinions, but he is working to better Arkansas.
He stated he learned in the army, “sometimes you have to take a hard right over an easy left.”
He said he is willing to have open, fair and civil debates over topics and interests for Arkansas.