E-Newsletter 7/10/12

Statement

By:  Mark Pryor
Date: July 10, 2012
Location: Unknown

ON MY MIND

On the last segment of our tour, I highlighted a few of the famous Arkansans who are featured in the U.S. Capitol. In the episode below, I give you a behind-the-scenes look at the Crypt and Old Supreme Court.

FLOOR ACTIVITY

Improving Arkansas Highways and Making them Safer

The single, most important step we can take to create private-sector jobs is to invest in our highways and infrastructure. I was proud to join my Senate colleagues to pass a two-year highway reauthorization bill that will provide over $1 billion for Arkansas's highways and roads.

As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, I also played an active role in writing the highway and vehicle safety portion of the highway bill. My provisions will:

* Keep fatigued commercial truck drivers off the road by requiring them to use devices that accurately monitor their hours on the job.

* Prevent dangerous drivers from driving big-rigs by establishing a national database of drug testing information of commercial drivers

* Step up vehicle safety so families are protected by strong safety standards and devices when an accident occurs.

* Establish a new grant program for states to enact and enforce laws limiting distracted driving. This measure is named after a Rogers, Arkansas student who died a day before her high school graduation as a result of texting and driving.

Protecting Arkansans from Buying Unnecessary Flood Insurance

In Arkansas and throughout the country, communities have gone to great lengths to build and maintain sound flood control infrastructure. A proposal included in the National Flood Insurance Program bill would have ignored these taxpayer investments, and arbitrarily forced families to purchase flood insurance. That's why I was pleased to lead a bipartisan coalition of senators to help defeat this overreaching provision. Read more.

Making College More Affordable

We need to keep college affordable and accessible so our workforce has the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to compete in today's global economy. The highway reauthorization bill, now signed into law, includes a provision that will prevent the federal interest rates on student loans from doubling this year. This lower rate will benefit over 67,000 Arkansas students, saving them approximately $1,000 on each loan.

FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ARKANSAS

$10.9 Million for the West Memphis Intermodal Project