Cotton Speaks on the Senate Floor in Support of Judge Neil Gorsuch

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When his nomination comes to the floor next week, I will vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. This is my first time voting on a Supreme Court nominee, and I don’t take the decision lightly. It’s a lifetime appointment after all, and the Court’s rulings have shaped our country’s history-for good and for ill-and will continue to shape our future. But after reading Judge Gorsuch’s writings, meeting with him in person, and listening to his testimony, I can say with confidence that it’s not a hard call. I believe Judge Gorsuch will be a fine addition to the Supreme Court.

There’s no denying Judge Gorsuch’s distinctive qualifications. We all know his credentials: Columbia, Harvard Law-and an Oxford doctorate to boot. He clerked for an appellate judge and for two Supreme Court justices. Judge Gorsuch had many years of experience in both private practice and public service-and, of course, over ten years as an appellate judge. And he possesses a fine judicial temperament: highly erudite, highly accomplished, and highly regarded by those who know him best. It’s no surprise, then, that the American Bar Association, in a unanimous vote, declared him “well qualified” for the job. While I wouldn’t outsource our responsibilities to any advocacy organization, I would note that the minority leader himself once said, the ABA rating is “the gold standard by which judicial candidates are judged.”

But, of course, Judge Gorsuch is not just filling any seat, but the seat once held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia was a giant of American jurisprudence. Most justices earn their place in history by writing opinions, giving their voice to their colleagues and speaking for the Court as a whole. Justice Scalia did that many times throughout his career, of course. But he did something more. He changed the way judges-both conservative and liberal-think about the law and defend their decisions. He reminded us all that a judge’s job is to apply the law-including the Constitution, our most fundamental law-as written, to the case before him-not to rewrite it altogether. Adhering to the law-even when the judge doesn’t like the result-is the greatest public service that judge can render-because to respect the rule of law is ultimately to respect the rule of the people.

This is what Justice Scalia taught, and what he inspired a whole generation of judges and lawyers to understand. As we prepare to fill his seat on the Supreme Court, let us also acknowledge that no man can fill his shoes. We honor the memory of Justice Scalia, and we thank his wife, Maureen, and his whole family for sharing this great man with our country for so long.

Judge Gorsuch is a child of the Scalia generation. He’s long advocated for and followed the originalist judicial craft-one rooted in the text, structure, and history of the Constitution. Which is to say, he respects the rule of law, and he respects the people. Whether defending the religious liberty of the Little Sisters of the Poor or the Fourth Amendment rights of a regular household, he has shown a profound respect for the Constitution. I also think he’s demonstrated throughout his career a firm independence of thought. He’s had his influences and his mentors, his promoters and his critics, but I believe he’ll be his own man-as he should be.

And so, I’m pleased to announce my support for the next associate justice of the Supreme Court, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch. I look forward to his confirmation next week.

Cotton, Donnelly Reintroduce the Hunter and Farmer Protection Act

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) reintroduced the Hunter and Farmer Protection Act, legislation that would protect farmers from federal penalties levied under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act if they are following best practices provided by their state Cooperative Extension Office. Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the government has the authority to regulate hunting seasons for some protected species and prohibit certain actions in the interest of preserving those species. Continue reading

Cotton Statement on President Trump’s New Executive Order on Visas and Travel

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement on President Trump’s new executive order on visas and travel:

“As I’ve said before, I think the idea that we should take a harder look at people coming into our country from war-torn nations with known terrorist networks is simply common sense. This is just a short pause in accepting immigrants from these countries to strengthen our national security. With this new executive order in place, I’m confident this policy will help keep America safe.”

Cotton Meets with Nominee for Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

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Washington, D.C. – Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement after meeting with the nominee for Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman:

“The U.S.-Israel alliance has been strained by the past eight years. President Trump has committed to repairing this damage and making the alliance stronger than ever, and David Friedman is the right man for the job. He has deep, longstanding personal ties with Israel and its leaders, as well as a longtime friendship with President Trump, making him well-equipped to be our next Ambassador to Israel. I look forward to supporting his nomination.”

Cotton Meets with Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

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Washington, D.C. – Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement after meeting with the nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch:

“I was very impressed by my meeting with Judge Neil Gorsuch today, as I’ve been impressed with his judicial record as I’ve reviewed it over the last week. He’s exceptionally well-versed in the law, and yet for all his learning, he’s an extraordinarily humble man. In our conversation, we discussed in depth judicial craft and reasoning. He walked me through how he would conduct himself on the bench and how he sees the Supreme Court’s role in our constitutional democracy. He stressed that a judge should interpret the law as it’s written, not impose his beliefs on the people. And he showed a profound respect for the Constitution. I also think the Court would benefit from his clear and incisive thinking. With great confidence in his judgment, I look forward to supporting his nomination.” Continue reading

Cotton Meets with Director of National Intelligence Nominee Senator Dan Coats

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Washington, D.C. – Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement after meeting with the nominee for Director of National Intelligence, Senator Dan Coats:

“In all the time I’ve known Dan Coats, I’ve found him to be a wise and sober statesman. Given his long service in the Senate, I think he’ll have an excellent relationship with Congress. In our meeting today, we discussed the wide range of threats facing our country, especially the troubling growth in cyberattacks. He made clear his intention to recruit and retain talent in the intelligence community. He also explained how he thought his office could take a more aggressive stance against our adversaries. I look forward to supporting his nomination.”

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Cotton, Perdue Unveil the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act

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Washington, D.C. – Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator David Perdue (R-Georgia) today unveiled the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, legislation that will help raise American workers’ wages by restoring legal immigration levels to their historical norms and rebalancing the system toward employment-based visas and immediate-family household members. The RAISE Act would lower overall immigration to 637,960 in its first year and to 539,958 by its tenth year-a 50 percent reduction from the 1,051,031 immigrants who arrived in 2015.
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Tom Cotton appears on Fox & Friends


Ainsley: Good morning to you Senator.

Tom: Good morning Ainsley, great to be on with you.

Ainsley: Great to see you. You know, the economy is the issue–why everyone is going to the polls. At least, that’s what the polls are telling us. This is a big issue for families because many people can’t afford these high premiums. Continue reading