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Washington News in Brief: For picnic, a yea-nay split

posted: 09/14/2014 3:15 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Partisan politics could take a brief break Wednesday night when members of Congress join President Barack Obama for a picnic on the South Lawn of the White House.

AmeriCorps turns 20 as Clinton extols work

posted: 09/13/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Repeating his 1994 declaration that "service is a spark to rekindle the spirit of democracy in an age of uncertainty," former President Bill Clinton recognized 20 years of AmeriCorps volunteers at a White House ceremony Friday.

Pryor, Boozman divided over equal-pay measure

posted: 09/11/2014 5:46 a.m. Comments 4

Arkansas' U.S. senators split Wednesday over whether the Senate should proceed with a bill designed to ensure that women receive the same pay as men.

State farmers on policy push at U.S. House

posted: 09/10/2014 4:03 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach on Tuesday urged members of a House committee to require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider the economic effects of its critical-habitat designation for two Arkansas freshwater mussels.

Spending bill tops Congress' agenda

posted: 09/07/2014 3:46 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House and Senate return this week for a short period before members head back home to campaign for November's election.

Washington News in Brief: Tailgates, tours cap delegation's recess from D.C.

posted: 09/07/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Last week, members of Arkansas's delegation wrapped up the August recess with tours, talks and tailgates. They are scheduled to return to Washington on Monday.

4 from House: Purple Heart lag 'unlawful'

posted: 09/05/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' delegation to the U.S. House accused the Defense Department on Thursday of violating federal law by failing to determine whether victims of a 2009 shooting at a Little Rock military recruiting station are eligible for Purple Hearts.

Political top-giver list cites 3 in state

posted: 09/03/2014 5:26 a.m. Comments 13

Three Arkansans are among the top 160 donors of the 2014 campaign, according to data released Tuesday by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Piggybacking online-sales-tax bill gains traction

posted: 08/31/2014 5:53 a.m. Comments 5

Some members of the Arkansas delegation said last week that attaching a bill allowing states to collect sales taxes on online purchases to a more popular measure may be enough to get it approved this year after a decade of trying.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Capitol Hill Arkansans take on the ice buckets

posted: 08/31/2014 5:24 a.m. Discuss

Most members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have willingly had ice water poured over themselves to raise money to fight Lou Gehrig's disease.

12,000 veterans shorted by glitch

posted: 08/30/2014 2:53 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- More than 12,000 veterans nationwide didn't receive their full disability benefit check heading into the holiday weekend because of a computer glitch, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin said Friday.

Arkansan nominated for U.S. energy post

posted: 08/29/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama nominated Arkansas Public Service Commission Chairman Colette Honorable to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday.

Washington News in Brief: State 2 to serve as Senate pages

posted: 08/24/2014 3:36 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Two Arkansas high school students were selected to serve as U.S. Senate pages beginning in September.

Capitol sweets, 2-party treats

posted: 08/24/2014 3:24 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- There's supposedly no such thing as a free lunch. But on Capitol Hill, there's an assortment of free snacks and drinks and, occasionally, dog food.

Candidates buy ad time before campaign season

posted: 08/18/2014 4:09 a.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON -- Political candidates and interest groups have spent at least $13.56 million reserving time for nearly 25,886 television ads in the past three months of the campaign season, according to an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette review of thousands of advertising contracts filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

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