WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) applauded Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill that includes a provision he authored enabling Arkansas to designate a portion of Highway 67 from North Little Rock to Walnut Ridge as “Future I-57.”

“Congress has a basic responsibility to determine how we spend hard-earned taxpayer dollars. Passing appropriations bills provides accountability and reduces wasteful spending. I’m pleased to support this process that enables all Senators to play an active role in the legislative process and to address concerns that are important to their states. Arkansas has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to make Highway 67 an interstate-quality road, and this brings our state one step closer to calling it what it is, Future Interstate 57,” Boozman, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said.

Boozman highlighted his provision and the support from Arkansans in a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday. 

“Walnut Ridge aldermen voted this week to support this designation. Resolutions of support for the I-57 designation have been passed by the Newport Economic Development Commission as well as Chambers of Commerce in Bald Knob, Cabot, Jacksonville, Lawrence County, Newport, Sherwood and Searcy. Other expressions of support have been received from communities throughout the central Arkansas and northeast Arkansas regions,” Boozman said on the Senate floor.

The provision would also give Arkansas the ability to request that any segment of the road that is built to interstate standards be officially added to the federal interstate system as “I-57.”

The bill fully funds the highway programs authorized under the recently-passed long-term highway bill, provides critical funding for the modernization of air traffic control, provides funding for air traffic control towers in Arkansas, will support aircraft certification that is critical to aircraft manufacturers in Arkansas, and supports locally-controlled programs – such as the Community Development Block Grants - that assist with housing and community development needs in rural states like Arkansas.

The Senate jointly considered the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations bill. This bill funds the Department of Veterans Affairs at record levels and invests in priorities such as veterans’ health care, benefit claims processing, the Board of Veterans Appeals, the VA Inspector General, as well as prosthetic research.

In addition to providing VA with the resources it needs, this bill also secures funding and resources for military housing and family support. It also includes funding for projects to ensure military readiness and improve the quality of life for our military families. 

Passage of this legislation is the latest example of the Senate’s return to regular order and its commitment to improve our nation’s fiscal challenges.

Last week the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. The bill’s passage marked the earliest that the Senate approved a stand-alone appropriations measure in more than 40 years.

The Honor Flight honors the men and women who served our country by bringing them to see, free of charge, the memorials that represent their commitment to freedom and their impact on the history of the world. U.S. Senator John Boozman was honored to meet Arkansas veterans recently at the WWII Memorial during their Honor Flight.

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U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) and members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee heard testimony from state regulators, including Arkansas Department of Environment Quality (ADEQ) Director Becky Keogh, on cooperative federalism between states and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and whether the system is working.
U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee members today approved bipartisan legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs. Included in the bill was Boozman's Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act. The provisions included in this bill will give Arkansas and all states the flexibility they need to choose what makes the most sense in their communities, so that children in rural and hard to reach communities are getting the nutrition they need in the summer.
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) honors the life and accomplishments of former Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers who passed away on January 1 at the age of 90, after a long life of dedicated public service.
Senator John Boozman highlights the military service of WWII veteran and Bronze Star recipient Richard Parkins. This is the third interview in the Salute to Veterans series recognizing the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
U.S. Senator John Boozman is celebrating the 98th birthday of WWII veteran Robert Fahr with his second interview highlighting the service and sacrifice of Arkansans who served our nation in uniform as part of his series ‘Salute to Arkansas Veterans.’