Dr. Boozman's Check-up
Jun 07 2013
The farm bill, honoring fallen heroes, reducing prescription drug abuse among veterans and more in this edition of the “Week in Review”
- Commonsense Improvements to our Agriculture Policy: I offered four amendments to enhance the farm bill currently under consideration by the Senate. While the agreement reached for the final passage of the bill does not include these amendments, I do think these commonsense improvements to our agriculture policy merit consideration and I will continue to try to get them enacted through other avenues.
- Honoring Fallen Heroes: Scott County Sherriff Cody Carpenter and Wildlife Officer Joel Campora gave their lives trying to save residents trapped by flood waters. Senator Pryor and I honored their lives on the Senate floor.
- Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse Among Veterans: I helped introduce a bipartisan bill to address the issue of prescription drug abuse among our nation's servicemembers and veterans this week. The Servicemembers and Veterans Prescription Drug Safety Act would direct the Attorney General to establish drug take-back programs in coordination with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
- Put Arkansans Back to Work: A recent Gallup poll shows 86 percent of Americans want Washington to address jobs and the economy and with good reason. Read this week’s column on job creation in Arkansas.
- Tackling Malnutrition: We have the safest, most reliable and affordable food supply in the world, but hunger has no boundaries. That’s why Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and I have enlisted our colleagues to push President Obama to make a strong commitment to tackling malnutrition at the June 8, 2013 Nutrition for Growth Summit.
- Telephone Town Hall on Monday: I will be hosting a telephone town hall on Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m cst. This statewide event allows Arkansans to ask me questions over the phone or listen to the conversation about the issues impacting our state. If you’d like to participate in the call, sign up here.