Dr. Boozman's Check-up

Honoring our Veterans

Jan 24 2012

250,000 veterans call Arkansas home. In Washington we work to ensure these patriots get the help they deserve for putting their lives on the line and serving our country in uniform.

These men and women selflessly sacrificed their lives for our freedoms, values and interests of our country. Unfortunately, our troops don’t always receive the medals they earn during their military service and we are helping honor them for their service during medal presentations.

Our Military and Veterans Liaison, Col. Steve Gray (ret.), has traveled all across the state recognizing the service of our veterans. Here are three of the stories from the past week about well-deserved honors for Arkansas veterans.

Medals finally come to Vietnam War hero – Newton County Times

Area Veterans Receive Long-Awaited Medals – 40/29

Six Arkansans Receive Military MedalsTimes Record

The March for Life

Jan 23 2012

The way we treat the voiceless and most powerless among us speaks volumes about our priorities and values as a society.  Today, thousands of Americans flocked to the National Mall to give a voice to those who cannot speak and power to those who cannot defend themselves: the unborn.

From the child in the womb to the hospitalized senior, we share moral responsibility to respect the dignity of all human beings—regardless of their political clout in Washington.  The fact that in our society—the unborn do not receive the most basic of human rights—is what motivates us in the fight for justice.   It is these principles that have been driving thousands of Americans to the National Mall every year on the anniversary of the misguided Roe v. Wade decision.

I want to commend everyone who participated in today’s events on the National Mall as well as the Arkansans who took part in yesterday’s March for Life in Little Rock.  I will continue to stand in defense of the unborn and fight policies that run counter to our nation’s core values. 

We’ve had a very busy three days traveling around Northeast Arkansas to eight counties. We appreciate all of the warm receptions and more importantly getting to hear from Arkansans about this issues they face in this current economic environment. There are a variety of issues our country is challenged with and we will be discussing them in the coming days and weeks as the Senate convenes for the Second Session of the 112th Congress.

Some of you may have read about our stops in the local paper but in case you missed it here is what some of the locals papers are saying:

Boozman criticizes pipeline decision - Jonesboro Sun

Boozman talks jobs, savings during Blytheville visit – Blytheville Courier News

Yesterday the Obama Administration announced it would not issue a permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. You can read my statement here. This is not the right approach to job creation. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates this would create 250,000 over the course of the project with 20,000 immediate jobs.

Newspapers from around the country examined the President’s decision and decided it was not the right policy in our current economic climate where 8.5 percent of Americans are looking for employment.

Here is a look at editorial page headlines across the country today:

Obama’s Keystone pipeline rejection is hard to accept  - Washington Post

“…on the substance, there should be no question... clearly, constructing the pipeline would still result in job gains during a sluggish economic recovery.”

Pipeline politics: Misguided Obama blocks Keystone pipeline – Chicago Tribune

“Obama made a decision that will cost the U.S. good jobs. He seems to think those jobs will still be there when he gets around to making a decision on the pipeline. But they may well be gone for good.”

The Anti-Jobs President – The Wall Street Journal

“Only last week the White House issued a "jobs" report praising domestic energy production, but that now looks like political cover for this anti-jobs policy choice.”

Over the past few weeks, the chorus of concerns over Congressional efforts to address online piracy has intensified.  I can say, with all honesty, that the feedback I received from Arkansans has been overwhelmingly in opposition to the Senate bill (S.968, the PROTECT IP Act) in its current form.  That is why I am announcing today that I intend to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act.

I will have my name removed as a co-sponsor of the bill and plan to vote against it if Majority Leader Reid brings it to the floor in its current form.

The PROTECT IP Act seeks to address an issue that is of vital importance to the future of intellectual property rights in the modern era.  However, the concerns regarding the unintended consequences of this particular bill are legitimate.  Therefore, we should not rush to pass this bill, rather we should be working to find another solution so that the epidemic of online piracy is addressed in a manner that ensures innovation and free speech is protected.  I have confidence that we can do this, but not as the PROTECT IP Act stands today.

Online piracy hinders creativity and steals jobs.  Much of this criminal behavior comes from rogue websites operating in countries like Russia and China.  Their ability to operate threatens American ingenuity by distributing copyrighted material free of charge.  We must work to ensure that copyright holders are protected if we want to defend American ingenuity, ideas and artwork.

The goals of the Protect IP Act are commendable, but the potential for damaging unintended consequences is its major flaw.  Moving forward, I will work with my colleagues, the stakeholders and the American people to find a workable solution that protects intellectual property rights while promoting an open and vibrant Internet. 

I want to thank you for raising your concerns about this bill.  Your voice has been heard.

This morning, I begin a three day, eight county swing through Northeast Arkansas where I will be meeting with local officials and hearing what is on the minds of members of the community. I expect it to be much like what I heard on my recent six-county tour in Northwest Arkansas--jobs and the economy.

Arkansas Week

Jan 09 2012

In a special edition of Arkansas Week, I visited with Steve Barnes to discuss issues in Congress during the past year and expectations for 2012. If you missed our conversation on your local AETN station, you can watch it here.

One Tuesday Senator Pryor and I met with leadership of the 188th Fighter Wing and the Arkansas National Guard to discuss projected funding challenges facing the Air National Guard. We understand the importance of the 188th to the community, state and the country and will work to support a continued mission for the 188th.

Senator Boozman Answers Your Questions

"From the Mailbag"

Dec 22 2011

Senator Boozman answers questions about the Keystone Pipeline XL, the failure of the Joint Congressional Committee or what is more commonly referred to as the Supercommittee and the National Defense Authorization Act in this edition of "From the Mailbag."

Earlier this week, I visited with Saxon Coates of KBJT-KQEW 1590 AM in Fordyce about the failure of the Supercommittee, the need for a balanced budget amendment, the economic instability in Europe, U.S. withdrawl from Iraq & the Keystone pipeline among other issues. Listen to it by clicking on the link below.