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Sarah D. Wire

Washington, D.C. Bureau

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Arkansan: Foreign aid percolating in Rwanda

updated: 03/27/2015 12:20 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Arkansan Scott Ford told a U.S. Senate committee Thursday that his coffee company has pumped $100 million into the pockets of Rwandan farmers, something he said wouldn't have been possible without the help of groups funded by U.S. foreign aid and private philanthropists.

U.S. Senate OKs bid to cut U.N. funding in Israel fray

updated: 03/26/2015 4:15 a.m. Discuss

With no objections, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a budget amendment sponsored by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., that would allow Congress to cut off funding to the United Nations if the international governing body forces a resolution between Israel and Palestinians on the West Bank.

Rutledge knocks EPA water plan

posted: 03/25/2015 3:24 a.m. Comments 12

Confusion about which waters are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency under a proposed rule would have "devastating" effects on farmers in eastern and southern Arkansas, state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Tuesday.

As Cotton speaks, activists surround him over Iran letter

updated: 03/23/2015 11:56 p.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON -- Eight activists dressed in Colonial-era outfits confronted U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton on Monday over a letter he authored regarding negotiations about Iran's nuclear program.

Washington News in Brief: 5 in D.C. favor drug-screen bills

updated: 03/21/2015 11:40 p.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, most of the Arkansas congressional delegation sponsored legislation aimed to improve road and highway safety by changing what is allowed in the pre-employment drug screening process for the commercial trucking industry.

Bill: Nations that take Cuba detainees risk losing U.S. funds

updated: 03/19/2015 3:45 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., filed legislation Wednesday that would cut off federal funds to countries that take responsibility for detainees now housed in Guantanamo Bay if a detainee engages in terrorism again.

U.S. can't turn back on allies, Womack says on U.S. return

posted: 03/18/2015 3:46 a.m. Discuss

After a nine-day tour of several conflict-ridden countries including Ukraine, U.S. Rep. Steve Womack said Tuesday that the United States can't financially turn its back on its allies.

Fund the military so U.S. dominates, Cotton tells peers

updated: 03/16/2015 10:17 p.m. Comments 7

WASHINGTON -- In his first official speech on the Senate floor Monday, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton called for dramatic increases in defense spending, saying budget cuts over the past few years have left the United States military unprepared.

Cotton: No regrets over letter to Iran

updated: 03/15/2015 8:08 p.m. Comments 23

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said Sunday that he has "no regrets at all" about writing a letter to Iran's leaders last week that drew criticism that the signing senators had overstepped their role and intruded on foreign policy negotiations.

Cotton's Iran letter gets him national attention

updated: 03/15/2015 3 a.m. Comments 33

A letter to Iranian leaders written by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton and signed by 46 other Republican senators not only drew swift, sharp criticism from President Barack Obama and Democrats last week, but it also cast a national spotlight on Arkansas' freshman senator.

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