Thanks for the cards and good wishes as I continue to convalesce from knee surgery. I especially hated to miss the Arkansas Rural Development Conference that convened last week in Hot Springs, where many of our city, county and state leaders gathered. This conference is organized by the Arka…

We are living in interesting times with issues like abortion, trade talks with China, stock market losses, immigration crisis on the border, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, floods and storms, President Trump, and two dozen Democrats running for president. 

I’m often asked whether I am enjoying my time off now that the regular legislative session has concluded. Thanks to a very active lifestyle that included 30 years of Army physical training, my knee wore out a bit earlier than I had hoped. I now join the many of you that wear the battle scar …

There are a lot of reasons why Congress finds itself hamstrung in Washington and discounted by the people it serves at home. These include long-term trends over which it has little control: the political polarization of the country; the oceans of money that get dumped into the political proc…

A couple of weeks ago I was speaking to a group of students and decided to start with a point-blank question: Is Congress doing a good job? There were perhaps 100 people in the room, and not a single one raised his or her hand.

President Trump recently met with Democratic congressional leaders to discuss the potential for advancing an infrastructure package this Congress. In addition to investments in roads, railways and air travel, the discussion included expansion of broadband access. Incorporating the deployment…

Now that I’ve been in office for more than four years, you may have noticed that one of my favorite topics is “economic development.” As we close out April of this year, I’d like to note that this has been a banner month for job creation in Arkansas.

More than 20 Democrats are running for president in 2020. Former Vice President Joe Biden is the latest to enter the ring. Crazy as it sounds, two white septuagenarians, Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, are leading in the latest polls for the nomination of the most diverse, big-tent politic…

The unwelcome nature of scammers and telemarketers’ frequent, harassing and deceitful calls to our landlines and cell phones is something almost everyone can agree on. It’s time more is done to curb them.

During a recent address before a Joint Session of Congress, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg vividly described the two monuments that stand out front of the organization’s headquarters in Belgium. One, a piece of the Berlin Wall. The other, a twist…

I became active in politics in the late 1950s, got elected to Congress in 1964, and have remained engaged in one way or another every year since then. I’ve had a ringside seat for a long time. So I suppose I should not be surprised that I get asked a lot these days how American politics have…

During a visit two years ago with President Trump at the White House, I took the opportunity to stress the importance of global trade to Arkansas’s economy.

The Correction Department will keep secret any records about lethal injection and carrying out the death penalty, under a bill that exempts those records from the state Freedom of Information Act.

On Thursday, we received news that a district judge in Washington, D.C., had struck down the work requirement in Arkansas Works Medicaid Program.

In a four-page letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate judiciary committees summarizing his initial review of Mueller’s report, Attorney General William Barr wrote, “Although my review is ongoing, I believe that it is in the public interest to describe the report and…

We’ve entered our 10th week of the General Session and this week we will take two days off for Spring Break. The House voted several weeks ago to take off this Thursday and Friday so that members might be able to spend a few extra day with their families. Many members have school-age childre…

As various House committees gear up for a season of investigations and hearings on President Trump and his administration, a lot of people are worried that progress on the nation’s challenges will grind to a halt. I would argue just the opposite: the wheels of government are turning in favor…

We are currently in our ninth week of the 92nd General Assembly. As of last Friday, 1,285 bills had been filed during this session in both the House and the Senate.

A retired couple, friends of mine, told me, “Many people believe us old people get our healthcare free. Do they realize that we, and we are not alone, pay over 50 percent of our income for healthcare insurance, and that doesn’t include co-payments or cost to get to and from doctor’s offices …

At my last check, legislators had filed almost 2,000 bills in this 92nd General Assembly. That requires a lot of reading! Sometimes bills of a similar nature are “held” to be heard near the same time period, such as the “scope of practice” bills that were grouped two weeks ago. Last session …

Without any dispute, some among us are ill, handicapped, infirm, or destitute to the extent we need our culture, community or nation to provide for our care. This has always been true and will always be true. On the other hand, some among us are far more well to do in regard to dollars, powe…

I want to discuss the details of the $300 million highway funding plan that I presented this week that is necessary to repair and maintain Arkansas’s existing highways and bridges and to expand our roadways as the state grows.

Those looking for an example of how Washington can find common ground should look no further than the important work Congress has done, and continues to do, for veterans. The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s hearing room is traditionally one of the most bipartisan places in Washington. I…

You have likely heard about some of the more controversial bills that have been passed in the legislature, and I hope you are staying tuned in to legislation that is of interested to you. Based on the amount of emails I have received, the bill to raise teachers’ salaries is of great interest…

Each of the great politicians and legislators I’ve known over the course of my career in Congress was very different. They were masters of the rules, or unassailably knowledgeable about a given issue, or supremely watchable orators, or consummate students of people. But they also shared key …

I announced the details of my 5.9 Tax Cut at a news conference this week, and a few hours later, Senator Jonathan Dismang filed Senate Bill 211, the first step in making the tax cut law. Representative Joe Jett is the lead sponsor on the House side.

The 92nd General Assembly got off to a quick start. Among the measures voted on during the opening days of the 2019 legislative were bills of interest to Arkansas city officials.

As the House wrapped up its second week of the Regular Session, more than 250 bills had been filed, with more than 150 having been filed in the Senate. Our committees heard proposals on everything from restructuring state government to rules about sunscreen in schools.

Washington is unfortunately on new ground as the existing partial government shutdown has now, regrettably, become the longest in U.S. history.

Over a lifetime in politics, I’ve met a lot of interesting, impressive politicians. But those I truly admired were men and women who were adept at the arts both of politics and legislating — a rarer combination of talents than you’d hope for in our representative democracy. They’re a reminde…

Political pundits welcomed the 116th Congress with think pieces on a divided Congress. Can we work together? Can we get things accomplished for the American people? Will there be constant gridlock?

As a member of the Senate Border Security and Enforcement First Immigration Caucus I am actively fighting for funding to protect our borders.

Crossett Superintendent of Schools Gary Williams has invited several legislators to Crossett Jan. 7 to talk about upcoming school concerns for the legislative session, and I’ll be back in Crossett at 4 p.m. Jan. 8 to do a Town Hall meeting at the Economic Development building with Sen. Eddie…

In the days following George H. W. Bush’s death, it was impossible to ignore the mood that settled over much of the country: a yearning for the civility, dignity and inclusiveness that the former president represented. It was a form of bipartisan nostalgia for a time when the nation seemed to work.

This summer, I embarked on the #ARisAG tour, traveling the Natural State to highlight the importance of agriculture to Arkansas and to hear firsthand the concerns and ideas of our farmers and ranchers. During that tour, I heard one message over and over again–pass a meaningful farm bill.

Gracious! We’re ending 2018 on a bitter note, no different from the cacophony we’ve heard continually since the 2016 election. The 2018 election did nothing but heighten all the original hype and hair-on-fire allegations, and we’ve still learned relatively little since. Notwithstanding, rumo…

After nine months of interviews, statewide travel, and visits to 12 schools, the Arkansas School Safety Commission has submitted a 124-page report with recommendations to improve security for students and staff. This extraordinary report exceeded my expectations. It is comprehensive, and it …

“If you see oppression of the poor and perversion of justice and righteousness in the province, don’t be astonished at the situation, because one official protects another official, and higher officials protect them.” Ecclesiastes 5:8

The Arkansas Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force is working until the proverbial last minute to finalize a package of recommendations for the regular session of the legislature, which begins Jan. 14.

Arkansas farmers are important to our state all through the year, but especially during the holidays. Did you know that every frozen Butterball turkey was produced right here in Arkansas? And that may not be the only thing on your plate this holiday season that came from the work of an Arkan…

Patriotism has been on a lot of people’s minds lately. French President Emanuel Macron recently criticized President Trump and other world leaders for their “us versus them” view of patriotism. “By putting our own interests first,” he said, “with no regard for others, we erase the very thing…

During legislative budget hearings, the governor presented his balanced budget plan for the next biennium, Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021.