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House Panel Approves NAHB-Supported Energy Bill

The House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved NAHB-supported energy legislation that will reform the role of the Department of Energy (DOE) in the development of energy codes and encourage meaningful savings for residential construction that are achievable and cost-effective.

Congress Approves Bill Renaming Helena-West Helena Federal Building in Honor of First Jewish Federal...

WASHINGTON – Legislation to recognize the civic contributions of Judge Jacob Trieber by renaming the Helena-West Helena Federal building in his honor heads to the president’s desk for final approval after the House of Representatives unanimously supported the bill today. Trieber was the first Jewish Federal Judge and a long-time resident and community leader of Phillips County. The Senate unanimously approved the bill in August. “We owe this honor to Judge Trieber who was a well-respected leader in Phillips County. This is a great tribute that symbolizes the important work he did for the community and in pursuit of justice as the nation’s first Jewish federal judge. I’m pleased that my colleagues in the House of Representatives supported this legislation,” Senator John Boozman, who introduced the legislation, said. “Driven by his unmatched dedication to justice and equality for all people, Judge Trieber took it upon himself to fight against all types of injustices, including institutionalized racism, which he opposed six decades before finally being vindicated by the Supreme Court and the Civil Rights act of 1964. By naming Helena's Federal building in his honor, we preserve his unparalleled judicial spirit and dedication to equal opportunities for everyone," Congressman Rick Crawford, who introduced the bill in the House, said. Judge Jacob Trieber served as the first Jewish federal judge. He was appointed by President William McKinley and served from 1900-1927 as the federal judge for the U.S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas where he built a reputation as a jurist who sought equal justice for all people. Judge Trieber had astounding foresight, and many rulings he made that were of significant importance regarding civil rights and wildlife conservation still affect us today. His commitment to the community also included time as an elected official on the Helena City Council and the Phillips County treasurer. Judge Trieber played an influential role in saving the Old State House and establishing the Arkansas State Tuberculosis Sanatorium.

Congress Approves Bill Renaming Helena-West Helena Federal Building in Honor of First Jewish Federal...

Legislation to recognize the civic contributions of Judge Jacob Trieber by renaming the Helena-West Helena Federal building in his honor heads to the president’s desk for final approval after the House of Representatives unanimously supported the bill today. Trieber was the first Jewish Federal Judge and a long-time resident and community leader of Phillips County. The Senate unanimously approved the bill in August.

Boozman, Hirono Introduce Legislation To Keep Veterans Housing Programs Alive

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) to introduce legislation that authorizes federal homeless veteran programs for the next fiscal year. The Keeping Our Commitment to Ending Veteran Homelessness Act would ensure seven Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Labor programs would continue to operate for the next fiscal year.

Our House of Little Rock, Ark. Recognized for Excellence in Brownfields Redevelopment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently congratulated Our House for the redevelopment of a boiler plant associated with the former Little Rock Veterans Administration Hospital. The project participants were recently honored at an awards ceremony in Chicago.

Members of the Arkansas Delegation Announce $8.5 Million in FAA Grants for Airport Improvements

U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman today announced that 13 Arkansas airports will receive $8.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support facility upgrades and expansions.

Funding Approved to Build or Renovate 1,069 Affordable Rental Units

Thursday afternoon the Arkansas Development Finance Authority awarded $10,911,780  in federal low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), another $161,091 in state tax credits, $3,131,000 in federal HOME program funds, $1,444,783 in Rural Development Preservation Revolving Loan Funds,  $450,000 in mortgage settlement funds, and $200,000 in Finance Adjustment Factor (FAF) funds to help in the construction or renovation of  affordable rental developments located throughout Arkansas

Rutledge Joins 16 States in Challenging the EPA’s Rejection of Plans Regarding Startup, Shutdown...

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she has joined Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in a 17-State coalition to challenge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for illegally invalidating the individual air quality protection plans in those States. In June, the EPA issued a final rule requiring 35 States, including Arkansas, to revise their individual State Implementation Plans (SIP) governing excess emissions during startup, shutdown or malfunction

Westerman Responds to Reports of Possible White Bluff Coal Power Plant Shutdown

Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) issued the following statement in response to reports Entergy Arkansas has proposed a possible shutdown of coal operations at the White Bluff Electric Station in Jefferson County by 2028

Senate Approves Renaming Helena-West Helena Federal Building in Honor of First Jewish Federal Judge

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) spoke on the Senate floor yesterday to call up and pass S.1707, legislation to rename the Helena-West Helena Federal building in honor of Judge Jacob Trieber, the nation’s first Jewish Federal Judge, and a long-time resident and community leader of Phillips County. The Senate unanimously approved the bill.

EPA to Improve Wastewater Infrastructure in Cabot, Ark.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded the city of Cabot, Ark. $485,000 to install new wastewater treatment equipment. The upgrades will include 10,000 feet of wastewater piping that will help address sanitary sewer overflows

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Updating State Water Plan

For three years the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission has been working on a new water plan. At public hearings and during meetings with local business and civic leaders, the commission has gathered ideas on how to revise the current water plan, which was completed in 1990.

Westerman on Obama Power Regulations: “It Is Time for the Overreach to Stop.”

Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) issued the following statement Monday (Aug. 3) in response to President Barack Obama’s proposal to reduce emissions at American power plants by more than 30 percent

Alma Builder; Emily Rucker elected a Life Director of NAHB

The board of directors of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) elected Emily Rucker of Alma, to be a Life Director at the Association’s 2015 Spring Board of Directors’ Meeting in Washington, DC., on June 6.

Arkansas Delegation Introduces APPROVAL Act in House

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) – along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), French Hill (AR-2), and Bruce Westerman (AR-4) – yesterday introduced H.R. 3062, a bill to grant a state the right to approve or reject an electric transmission project prior to the federal government’s execution of newfound authority to take private property

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RUTLEDGE ANNOUNCES IZARD COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR PROPERTY THEFT

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of an Izard County man for property theft by deception. Clifton Davis pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to five years probation and to pay $5,232 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program, $500 in fines and court costs