Fixing FEMA's Mistakes
FEMA erroneously distributed disaster payments following the severe storms of 2008, and is now demanding immediate repayment of over $200,000 from Arkansans to cover up its mistakes. This situation includes a 73-year-old woman from Mountain View, Arkansas. In 2008, after completing an extensive application process and home inspection, FEMA approved $27,000 for home repairs. FEMA now says she was never eligible for assistance and that she must repay the funds within 30 days or face high interest charges or other collection actions. I am working with FEMA to prevent these problems from happening in the first place, and I have introduced legislation to allow FEMA to waive the recoupment payments from individuals who played by the rules three years ago and are now receiving "Notice of Debt" letters in their mailboxes. [Read More]
Preventing Drug Users from Driving Big Rigs
I have teamed up with Senator John Boozman to improve highway safety and keep truck drivers who have failed drug or alcohol tests off the road. Our Safe Roads Act will establish a national database of drug testing information, which closes current loopholes that some truckers use to game the system and it helps the commercial driving industry select the safest drivers possible. [Read More]
Honoring Men and Women in Uniform
I joined with Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and a number of my colleagues to introduce the Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans Act, or SERVE ACT which would prevent disruptions at military funerals. When one of our nation's heroes dies, respect and honor should be at the forefront. [Read More]
Investigating a Data Breach that Exposes Millions of Consumers
Epsilon, an online marketing firm that handles email lists for companies such as Target, Best Buy, Walgreens, and Citi Group, recently experienced a major security breach. Although the information that was stolen is likely limited to e-mail addresses, I am concerned that this information will lead to a surge of phishing attacks- emails disguised to be from a legitimate business but intended to steal personal information. Last year, I introduced legislation to improve the way companies safeguard our personal information. This week, I sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging the Chairman to investigate the recent data breach and take action.
Avoiding a Government Shutdown
This week, the Senate and House voted to keep our government running for the next six months. Now that the 6-month budget is resolved, it is time for us to get serious about a long-term budget solution. This will require compromise and a shared sacrifice from all Americans. I look forward to working with my colleagues to further reduce spending, reform the tax code, and address entitlement programs.