Closing Out 2019

December 27, 2019
Weekly Columns

It’s hard to believe 2019 is almost over. This year has been filled from beginning to end with constituent meetings, legislation, House votes, Arkansas business tours and lots of time in the Atlanta airport waiting for my connecting flight to D.C. I think the numbers speak for themselves: in 2019, my office mailed out 212,320 letters to constituents, opened 826 new casework files, held 58 mobile offices around the Fourth District, gave 152 U.S. Capitol tours and visited more than 37 local Arkansas businesses. I also sponsored or cosponsored 140 bills in the House.

Many of these bill ideas came directly from constituents. Take, for example, the Keeping Our Promises Act and H.R. 2201, inspired by Mr. Bill Rhodes. Mr. Rhodes has consistently run into roadblocks with the VA when trying to get medical benefits for Agent Orange exposure, and these bills would make it easier for Vietnam-era veterans to claim their benefits. The Fair Care Act is another example, written after receiving input from constituents about how unaffordable their health care had become. This legislation would insure more Americans at a lower cost, cover preexisting conditions and include more rural health options.

Of course, all of this would mean nothing without each one of you. I’m constantly receiving encouraging texts, notes and calls from people back home, and it reminds me why I’m here in Washington. I’m humbled and honored to serve you in Congress, and look forward to another exciting year ahead.