Most of the attention in the Senate's first week back was focused on Syria. Read my thoughts on the President's proposed military strike and more in this "Week in Review."
- Why I oppose U.S. military involvement in Syria: The American people are weary of becoming involved in another U.S. military engagement. In the weeks since the President first proposed a military strike against Bashar Assad's regime, the majority of Americans have become more convinced that the President lacks a plan to accomplish his goals. Many have become more concerned in that time that these goals aren't even well defined. Without a clear path forward, I agree with them and continue to oppose the use of military force in Syria.
- Obamacare waivers for all, not some: This week, President Obama was told by the head of the AFL-CIO that unless he offers a special Obamacare deal for union members, he faces a revolt from one of his staunchest allies. While this should not be allowed to move forward, and we are working to prevent it from happening, the demand raises a bigger concern than just whether union members should get special treatment. There is a simple solution to this problem. Let's exempt EVERYONE from the law.
- Visiting with KASU: I was on KASU's morning program earlier this week to discuss the situation in Syria, Obamacare and the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Listen to the entire interview at KASU's website.
- Hunger Action Month: September is Hunger Action Month and we're highlighting how community involvement is essential to this fight. Here we are at the Arkansas Rice Depot. We followed this with a visit to the Arkansas Food Bank. I also wrote about this important topic in my weekly column which you can read here.
- Infrastructure Improvements: Arkansas is the recipient of federal funds to help improve the infrastructure and foster economic development. The Rogers Municipal-Carter Field Airport received $75,000 in Department of Transportation funding to improve safety and operations and the City of Jonesboro received a $135,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration to help strengthen and attract businesses and create 20 new jobs.