September 8, 2016 Editorials
Last week, Sen. John Boozman and I embarked on a tour of our state’s multi-billion dollar forestry industry.
August 17, 2016 Editorials
With forests contributing so much to Arkansas’ environment and economy, we are launching a forestry tour on August 30. During this 3-day tour, we will visit various sites around Arkansas’ timber rich Fourth Congressional District.
April 20, 2016 Editorials
What happens when a government is so far in debt it borrows to pay interest on its debt only to find it needs more layers on its debt pyramid to remain solvent?
January 29, 2016 Editorials
This week, educators, students, and parents celebrate School Choice Week.
October 9, 2015 Editorials
I spend several days each week in Washington, D.C., working in our nation’s capitol. During the October work period, I will be home traveling the Fourth Congressional District and highlighting some of Arkansas’ top tourist destinations.
October 1, 2015 Editorials
As you read this, catastrophic wildfires continue to burn the western United States with no end in sight. More than 8.8 million acres of federal land have burned this summer. The U.S. Forest Service is transferring another $250 million from forest management accounts to battle these fires — a practice known as fire borrowing. This brings the total amount of additional appropriations for wildfires to $700 million for the year — the highest amount since 2002. Yesterday, Congress passed legislation reimbursing the Forest Service for this amount. Unfortunately, more funding alone will not fix our wildfire crisis.
August 7, 2015 Editorials
This week began the traditional August recess for the U.S. House of Representatives. Even though it is called a recess, the month of August is no break for Members of Congress.
July 12, 2015 Editorials
My first bill, the Resilient Federal Forests Act, passed the House of Representatives on Thursday (July 9). It is bipartisan legislation that will give the Forest Service the tools it needs to better manage our national forests. As a professional forester, I see that our forests are no longer resilient due to overgrowth, wildfire, and disease.
June 19, 2015 Editorials
This week, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 made its way through the House Committee on Agriculture, bringing it one step closer to a vote on the House floor. At the same time, I have been hearing from individuals and groups from across the nation in support of this common sense legislation that will promote proper forest management techniques, promoting thriving and healthy forests in Arkansas and across the country.