FUNDING CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL:
- The ad that claims Tom Cotton doesn’t support Arkansas Children’s Hospital is patently false. No funding for Arkansas Children’s Hospital was lost because of these votes. Funding for the programs contained in each of these two pieces of legislation is through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services, which Tom Cotton has voted to fund five times. Neither bill they cite appropriated any funds.
- Tom Cotton supported the National Pediatric Research Network language contained in H.R. 225 that was passed into law as part of S. 252, the PREEMIE Act, in November 2013.
- Tom Cotton supported the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program contained in H.R. 297 that was passed into law as part of S. 1557 in April 2014.
- Senator Pryor, on the other hand, voted to cut tens of millions in funding for the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program. Pryor supported reducing funding for Children’s Hospital GME from $317 million in FY 2010 to $255 million in FY 2013.
- Tom was proud to vote for the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, which terminated funding for political party conventions and redirected the funds towards pediatric medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the Pediatric Research Initiative Fund, which conducts research on all pediatric diseases and disorders.
HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF:
- The ads attacking Tom Cotton on disaster relief are false and misleading. Tom worked hand-in-hand with the rest of Arkansas’s Congressmen to get relief to the victims of Mayflower and Vilonia. To read more about why the ads attacking Tom Cotton are false, click here to read this article from Arkansas Business.
- Tom Cotton has supported disaster relief many times and believes such measures should quickly get resources into the hands of those who need it most.
- Unfortunately, Washington politicians took advantage of a tragic situation and loaded down the Sandy relief bill with billions in spending that didn’t help the victims but instead went to fund the pet causes of Congressmen such as $2 million for the Smithsonian museum and $118 million for Amtrak.
- We all agree we should help those in need during times of emergency. But when politicians try to sneak billions of dollars around the normal appropriations process and pass it off as “emergency” spending, we all pay the price as American taxpayers.
- Further, emergency spending should be off-set by spending reductions in wasteful or non-essential federal programs elsewhere, to avoid adding to the national debt.
- Providing access to affordable college education isn’t a Republican or a Democratic issue. It’s something every Arkansan supports. That’s why Tom Cotton is committed to bringing affordable higher education to every Arkansan and ending the federal-government monopoly on the student loan business.
- When Senator Mark Pryor and Washington Democrats passed Obamacare, they slipped in massive changes to the student loan program, essentially nationalizing the student loan industry. These reckless changes could leave taxpayers on the hook for another large-scale bailout similar to when the housing bubble burst.
- Washington politicians like Senator Pryor love to meddle with the student loan rate, causing tuition costs to skyrocket. In fact, since Senator Pryor has been in Washington, tuition for Arkansas students has increased by 75%.
- Tom voted to pass the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act to reduce the cost to students pursuing a college degree by offering tax credits.
MEDICARE & SOCIAL SECURITY:
- The Washington Post called Senator Pryor’s Medicare attacks “stale” and “repeatedly discredited.” Read more here.
- Tom Cotton supports NO changes to Medicare or Social Security for those currently receiving benefits or for those nearing retirement.
- For younger workers, Tom Cotton favors commonsense reforms that will strengthen and preserve Medicare and Social Security for future generations. Tom was recently named a 2014 Medicare Advantage Champion by the Coalition for Medicare Choices.
- Tom Cotton has voted for legislation to preserve and protect Medicare that gives everyone the option of participating in traditional Medicare exactly as it is today.
- Arkansas Business said that Senator Pryor’s Medicare proposal “is an absolutely terrible policy,” and that his attack “reeks of hypocrisy.” Click here to read more.
- Senator Pryor is the only candidate who has voted to cut Medicare for current beneficiaries. He voted to cut $716 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare, including over $150 billion from the popular Medicare Advantage program.
- Because today’s Americans are living decades longer than those who lived just two generations ago, Tom supports gradually increasing the eligibility age for younger workers to receive benefits. This will help make Social Security and Medicare solvent for our children and grandchildren.
- In a stunning display of hypocrisy, Senator Pryor has also proposed raising the age of eligibility to 69 years old. You can watch the video of him saying it here.
- You can read more about Senator Pryor’s false attacks against Tom Cotton by clicking here.
- Tom Cotton grew up on his family’s cattle farm in Dardanelle where he learned the values of hard work, selfless sacrifice, and thrift, just like his dad did decades earlier.
- The truth is, Tom Cotton supported renewing our agriculture programs and giving farmers and ranchers the certainty and stability they need. In fact, Tom voted for a Farm Bill that separated actual farm programs benefiting Arkansas farmers from food stamp funding. See more here.
- However, Tom Cotton wasn’t willing to allow President Obama to hijack the Farm Bill to get billions more in food stamp welfare spending.
- The so-called “farm bill” was actually 80% food stamps ($756 billion out of a total $956 billion price tag). National Democrats like Senator Pryor loaded the farm bill up with food stamp spending – at the same time our country is going broke! Career politicians love attaching bad ideas to good ones, and when those bad ideas become law, you pay for it.
- Democrats claimed they were saving $8 billion in food stamp reforms. But governors from liberal states have already found a workaround to these modest reforms, eliminating these savings. That is why Tom Cotton supported real work requirements that states couldn’t avoid.
- You can read more about Tom’s position on the farm bill by clicking here.
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT:
- Violence against women is unacceptable, period. Domestic violence is not a partisan issue. This attack on Tom Cotton is as shameless as it is untrue. Tom Cotton supports strong criminal punishment against anyone who commits an act of domestic violence or sexual assault.
- Tom has supported numerous bills to protect women from violence, including the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act, and the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act.
- This law spends $660 million, much of which goes to fund liberal organizations to carry out an ideological agenda without effective results in reducing violence against women.
- This law is poorly and too broadly written. It unconstitutionally surrenders the rights of Americans who are not Native Americans to racially exclusive tribal courts, potentially violating the 4th Amendment Constitutional rights of American citizens to due process.
- Government has a duty to protect its citizens from violence – especially women. However, good intentions won’t protect anyone, and good intentions do not necessarily make good laws. We must demand tough criminal prosecution against violent offenders as well as smart policies that address the root causes of domestic violence (out-of-control anger, drug & alcohol abuse, etc.), reduce duplicative programs, and properly equip state and local governments to best fight violent crimes.
PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT:
- Tom Cotton believes men and women should be treated equally in the workplace. Nobody knows that better than Tom Cotton. In the Army, he served alongside some of America’s bravest women in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Washington politicians love to wrap their ideas in innocent-sounding names (just as they named Obamacare the “Affordable Care Act”), and while discrimination is abhorrent, this legislation would have plenty of negative consequences.
- This law ends up hurting the very people it claims to help by encouraging personal injury lawyers to file frivolous lawsuits in order to win legal fees, not to promote equality.
- The real “war on women” is the Obama/Pryor economy. The failed economic policies championed by Senator Pryor and President Obama are forcing millions of women, especially moms, to work longer or take second jobs just to make ends meet. Additionally, millions of women have lost their current health insurance plans as a result of Senator Pryor’s support for Obamacare.
- Even the liberal editorial board of the Washington Post said this bill is the wrong solution. Read about it by clicking here.
- Senator Pryor and his Washington allies are spreading the lie that Tom Cotton worked for “big insurance companies.”
- While a management consultant, Tom worked for only one insurance client (the Federal Housing Authority), which is a government agency, not an insurance company. In fact, Tom’s job was to help find ways to make government more efficient!
- The Washington Post said this attack against Tom is “as phony as a three-dollar bill.”
- Other news outlets, including The Daily Caller, Arkansas News Bureau, KARK’s “Capitol View”, and The Arkansas Project have all reported on the inaccuracies contained in this false attack.