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…

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.

Debate in Congress has always been contentious. The levels of vitriol may seem especially acute these days, but confrontation is not new. I can remember times on Capitol Hill when “debate” was actually more of a screaming match than a civil discussion.

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse has written a book, “Them: Why We Hate Each Other – And How To Heal.” Sasse explores the many reasons we hate each other, and suggests three points we can do to heal our divisions.

The Arkansas House continued a long-standing tradition to hold a House Caucus the Friday after the election. The freshmen members drew for seniority positions and then all members chose their seat in the chamber for the duration of the next two years. This was the first opportunity many of u…

It’s Election Day! And, the fussing and fighting will continue after Election Day! Politics never unifies, but always divides us.

As you read this, you will already know the results of the mid-term elections, but as I write, we remain several hours away from Election Day. Congratulations to every candidate that made the very great effort to run for an office in order to serve others. Congratulations, also, to every vot…

Last week I wrote about George Washington’s warning that political parties would foment all kinds of problems for Americans. John Adams, second president of the United States, issued his own warning: “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties…

Arkansas has a long and proud history of supporting our nation’s defense. Our state is home to military installations, businesses and jobs that contribute to our national security and the protection of our nation’s servicemembers. It’s also where brave men and women learn to serve a cause hi…

Tell me: What does it actually mean to be an American? In the press of day-to-day events and amid the ongoing tumult of politics, we don’t think about this much. Yet it’s a crucial question, one that each generation in this country is called upon to answer for itself.

In Arkansas, 1 in 4 women will suffer abuse in their lifetime. Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting every community regardless of age, economic status, gender, race, or religion.

The gap between the polarized political left and right in America continues to grow larger and louder. We’re three weeks away from mid-term elections when the party in the White House historically loses congressional seats to the minority party. Everyone is searching for political solutions …

This week, I unveiled my plan to cut the number of cabinet-level agencies in state government from 42 to 15, a reduction of 64 percent. This initiative to make state government more efficient is one of the most important undertakings of my administration.

Did you know that cancer is the second leading cause of death in Arkansas and in the United States? This deadly disease has impacted so many families, including my own.

We still don’t know, though some on all sides say they “know.” Democrats and the media pleaded the past two weeks for the FBI to investigate the charges. The FBI is now investigating the charges. Now, some Democrats and the media are saying the FBI investigation will not be “fair,” and canno…

Our health care system is in desperate need of some sunlight. Patients are kept in the dark about the true cost of their care, which often unnecessarily leads them to accept higher costs without question. That needs to change.

It’s so easy these days to despair about the future of our country. It feels like half the people I run into just want to pull the covers over their heads and ignore the news.