CEI Blog: Pouring into our At-Risk Youth - February 11, 2018
As Americans, it’s our responsibility to make sure that the country we pass down to future generations is significantly better than the one we inherited from our parents. Young people are the future of our nation, and every day we have the incredible opportunity to invest in them. In the past, I’ve thanked our many community partners in the state of Arkansas for contributing to the future success of our community’s youth, but today I’d like to focus on an issue that not only affects young people where they are now, but has and will have a lasting effect on the lives of those citizens well into adulthood.
SOTU - February 4, 2018
This week, President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address to Congress, outlining the successes of 2017 and his vision for the domestic and foreign policy priorities.
Across Central Arkansas - January 28, 2018
It was a beautiful week in the Natural State, and I had a great time meeting with folks all across Central Arkansas. I met with many different groups, including elementary school teachers and learners, conservation advocates, and community leaders. We discussed how to strengthen and secure our communities, and these conversations help me to best serve you. I invite you to connect with me at hill.house.gov or facebook.com/repfrenchhill to let me know what’s important to you and your family.
Bringing it Home - January 21, 2018
Following the adoption of historic tax reform, 2018 started well, and we are working hard to deliver policies that will help you and your family thrive. Unfortunately, the Senate failed to follow the House's lead in funding the government, so until an agreement has taken effect, I cannot in good faith accept my pay while our men and women in uniform are not receiving theirs - which is why I sent a letter to the Chief Administrative Officer asking the House to withhold my salary.
What's Important to You? - January 14, 2018
As we begin the new year, it's important for me to know what issues are most important to you, so I am asking you to complete a short survey, which will help my team and me as we work on policies that benefit you and your family.
Year in Review - January 7, 2018
Happy New Year! My team and I wrapped up another great year – fighting for policies that will help hardworking Arkansan and American families and job creators thrive. It’s an honor to serve you, and my team and I stand ready to help you in every way we can. Highlights from 2017 include securing for Central Arkansans nearly $2 million in individual veterans benefits and $4 million in federal grants - along with 50 passports and 500 U.S. Capitol tours. In total, my team and I worked with nearly 1,000 constituents on issues before the federal government including before the Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.
CEI Blog: Never Without Hope - December 31, 2017
The holidays are a time of giving to others, lending a hand to our neighbors, and spending time with our loved ones. It's a season of joy and laughter as we celebrate Christ's birth and bring in the new year. For some, however, hope is dim as they wrestle with challenges such as addiction and misfortune. Those who struggle with cycles of homelessness, substance abuse, and criminal recidivism are often forgotten during the holidays, but they are at the forefront of my mind this season.
Merry Christmas - December 24, 2017
From our family to yours, Martha, Liza, Payne, and I wish you a Merry Christmas! For many of us, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, who came to redeem us. We honor God’s gift to us by giving to others, lending a hand to our neighbors, and spending time with our family and friends. I wanted to share this Christmas message with you and your family.
The Latest - December 17, 2017
As the year comes to a close, I'm dedicated to exposing and reining in government waste, passing legislation that helps keep Arkansans and Americans safe, and monitoring the implementation of net neutrality. I am pleased that, as a member of the House Financial Services Committee, I have the opportunity work on legislation that has a direct effect on the safety and protection of Arkansas and American families.
Advancing Arkansas Priorities - December 10, 2017
It’s been a busy year so far, and this week has been no exception. We’re working hard in the House to ensure children's health programs are funded, deliver tax reform, and provide Arkansans and Americans with options for opening and sustaining a business.
CEI Blog: Why Mentorship Matters - December 3, 2017
It’s long been the case that the success of communities depends on the development of young people – whether in the classroom, in the workplace, or in the home. One of my priorities throughout my life has been mentorship. Without the mentorship of bosses, troop leaders, or parents, I would not have developed the skills I needed to be successful in my career and in my life. I have embraced the importance of mentorship and have had the opportunity to work with great Arkansas organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, among many others.
Give Thanks - November 26, 2017
From our family to yours, Martha and I hope you all had you a very Happy Thanksgiving! I’m especially thankful for my family, for the opportunity to serve Central Arkansans, and for the freedom we enjoy here in America. This week, I met with many in our community across Central Arkansas, having the chance to listen to how to best serve Arkansas veterans, job creators, and families. Here are a few highlights.
It's About Arkansas Families - November 20, 2017
My vote for the House’s tax reform package Thursday was a vote to return to Arkansas families the dollars they have worked so hard for so that they can support their families, their communities, and their futures – all while creating new jobs and bringing jobs back home.
Thank You, Veterans - November 11, 2017
This Veterans Day, we honor, pay tribute to, and thank those who have worn the uniform, protected our Constitution, and safeguarded our liberties. I am humbled by the commitment of these noble servants and extend my sincerest gratitude to all who have served and the families who have supported them. Thank you for your sacrifice. Duty. Honor. Country.
It's Coming - November 3, 2017
Families deserve a simple and fair tax system – one that promotes new and better paying jobs for Arkansans and Americans. We’re one step closer to reforming our broken tax code by rolling out our tax reform bill called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. After years of a growing complex and broken tax system, this proposal simplifies our tax code to help Americans spend less time filing and paying taxes and more time doing the things that matter. This new tax plan helps to eliminate loopholes, bailouts, and handouts.
Feeding Our Children - October 29, 2017
Children need nutritious food to grow and thrive, and they need it every day. One in four Arkansas children faces food insecurity - meaning they are not sure when or where their next meal will come from. In some of our most rural counties, that rate is as high as one in every three children, and over 176,000 children in our state live in food insecure households.
Why Regulatory Refroms Matter to You - October 22, 2017
Today, hardworking families pay roughly $15,000 every year in hidden regulatory fees. The excessive amount of regulations has cost us new jobs and stunted our nation’s business growth. Government tape directly hurts Arkansas and American families.
Taking Action - October 16, 2017
Iran poses a significant threat to U.S. national security interests both home and abroad. I believe that Iran is the greatest threat to security and peace to Israel and the entire Middle East.
Buiding a Better Future - October 8, 2017
On Monday, the nation woke to devastating news of a massacre in Las Vegas. I was deeply saddened by this attack born of evil, and Martha and I continue to pray for the families of the 58 killed and nearly 500 wounded.
Delivering a Fair and Simple Tax Code - October 1, 2017
This week, House Republicans unveiled a pro-growth, pro-family tax code framework to bring prosperity to Arkansans and Americans. We need a tax code that supports families while promoting financial growth and giving our job creators the certainty needed to grow, expand, and create their businesses.
The Rogue Regime - September 25, 2017
North Korea is pressing forward with their 3-decade goal of building a stockpile of nuclear bombs that threaten the U.S. and North Asia. With American safety at stake, the United States will not stand by. That is why we as a nation and as a global community are taking action. First, how did we get here.
The Little Rock Nine - September 17, 2017
Almost 60 years ago, all eyes were on South Park Street that fronts the beautiful façade of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Just days before, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus had called out the National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering the school on September 4th. Thanks to President Dwight Eisenhower, the Little Rock Nine entered the school escorted by the 101st Airborne.
Another Busy Week - September 10, 2017
Congress returned for votes in the Capitol with work on humanitarian relief and essential tax reform to speed economic growth. We had an extensive classified briefing with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford on the status of sanctions on North Korea and our work to end their nuclear ambitions.
Our Friend Israel - September 3, 2017
During August, I participated in a bipartisan visit to Israel led by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MO). Since being elected to Congress in 2014, I have been impressed by the frequent bipartisan cooperation on critical foreign policy issues from both Leader McCarthy and Whip Hoyer, as well as the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and the Ranking Member, Eliot Engels (D-NY).
Arkansans Call For Tax Reform - August 28, 2017
Thirty-one years ago, President Ronald Reagan signed tax reform into law. Since then, our tax code has become so big and so broken that now it is discouraging job creation and investment and weighing down our economy. It is blocking hardworking Arkansans and Americans from getting ahead and hurting our small businesses.
Meeting with Arkansans - August 20, 2017
One of the best parts about serving you in Congress is getting to meet with great Arkansans throughout the Second District. This past week I have had the pleasure of visiting with community leaders, job creators, second graders, school teachers, and more, hearing about the issues most important to them and their families.
Enforcing our Laws and Securing our Borders - August 13, 2017
Since coming to Congress, I have fought for common-sense policies to ensure the safety of those within Arkansas and our nation. This includes both securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws. In the House, we have had a number of successes, and I appreciate this opportunity to provide you with this update.
Empowering Our Communities - August 6, 2017
Community matters. We're stronger when we come together to find solutions to difficult problems, which is why I couldn't be more proud and excited about the outstanding work we have accomplished through my Community Empowerment Initiative. Monthly, I feature organizations and people whose work is having a positive and meaningful impact on the lives of those in our local communities.
When We're Threatened, We Take Action - July 30, 2017
When countries directly threaten our national security and weaken global stability, we take action. This week, the House passed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act to implement sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea for their aggressive actions.
Building a Stronger America - July 23, 2017
Our nation’s budget reflects America’s priorities, and should always put hardworking Americans first. This week, the House Budget Committee passed our Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution, which outlines how we can create a pathway to future success for our children and grandchildren.
Constituent Service Survey - July 17, 2017
A critical component of my job in Congress is my representation work on behalf of Arkansas's Second Congressional District. I place a high priority on my office's constituent services, including responses to questions about policy, help with tour requests in Washington, DC, support for federal grant requests, recommendations for our service academies, and assistance with our federal agencies, particularly for our veterans, active duty service members, and our seniors in Arkansas. Below you can view a few stories highlighting some of great constituents that I have had the honor to work with and serve.
Supporting Our Troops - July 16, 2017
Arkansas's Second Congressional District is home to Little Rock Air Force Base and Camp Robinson where thousands of service members and their families are serving at these critical military installations. On the front lines of our defense, our brave men and women in Arkansas and all throughout the country deserve the best we have to offer.
CEI Blog: Faith-Based Organizations - June 27, 2017
I appreciate the feedback I have received about the Community Empowerment Initiative (CEI) and the desire many of you have expressed in participating in the work we are doing. If you have any ideas about CEI or ways Congress can better address lifting families out of poverty, please leave me a message on my Facebook page.
Giving You A Choice - June 13, 2017
This Congress promised the American people that we would work diligently on their behalf to promote economic policy that would truly help them. We are only six months into this legislative year, and the House successfully moved one of its major plans to stimulate economic growth through the Financial CHOICE Act.
D-Day: A Tribute to an Arkansas Hero Buried in France - June 6, 2017
Today marks the 73rd Anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy. This turning point in World War II gave hope to the world that the Nazi hold on Europe would soon end. But as we all know this victory was not made without great sacrifice. Last week, for Memorial Day, I had the honor of speaking at the Normandy American Cemetery about the American heroism and the sacrifice of the allied forces that day.
First 100 Days and Onward - May 4, 2017
For the past ten days, the media has been fixated on the "First 100 Days" of the president's administration-- this is their unofficial scorecard to judge the effectiveness of a president. Depending on where you get your news, the results on the scorecard for may vary. However, in my opinion, in the first 100 days, the most significant achievement of this administration has been the obvious change to how America views its place in the world.
Making Sure We Are Prepared When Mother Nature Strikes - April 24, 2017
This week, we will observe the three-year anniversary of the devastating tornadoes that rocked the cities of Mayflower and Vilonia. Since then, we have seen the remarkable recovery of those communities due in large part to the spirit of their citizens and their citizen-driven strategic plans to rebuild themselves.
Four Vietnam Veterans to Receive Long Overdue Medals - April 17, 2017
On April 11, 1945, around 3:00 in the afternoon, General Patton’s Third Army liberated Buchenwald concentration camp. One of the young U.S. Army officers who entered the camp that afternoon was a 22-year-old captain by the name of Bill McKenzie. Captain McKenzie said of the day, “I will not describe the horrible sight of our entry into Buchenwald, but I will tell you this—that the crematorium was still burning, dead were stacked like cord wood on large trailers and the living dead were starving.” His words truly depicted the horrible atrocities committed against the Jewish people during the Holocaust.
5 Years of the JOBS Act - April 7, 2017
One of the major fall outs of the financial crisis of 2008 and the subsequent Dodd-Frank Act was an increased difficulty in accessing capital for small businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs. Congress is continuing to work toward good policy that moves away from the misdirection of Dodd-Frank, and one of the ways in which we can do that is by strengthening already existing laws that help encourage growth and creation of American business.
Listening to Arkansas - March 30
Last week, my staff in Arkansas and Washington answered over 1,000 letters and over 500 calls from constituents wanting to voice their opinions on the American Health Care Act. I want to thank my staff for their work in making sure constituents voices are heard and you for reaching out with your thoughts. Listening to the American people is one of the most important aspects of representative government. I greatly value the feedback and ideas from our citizens across the seven counties of the Second Congressional District.
March Madness - March 17, 2017
By the time many of you read this note from me, your bracket will most likely be "busted." Undoubtedly frustrated that you picked the wrong 13-seed to upset the wrong 4-seed, you will quickly be reminded that this is why us sports fans love this time of year. The unpredictability of the games and the "madness" that ensues are what make the NCAA tournament so exciting.
The Right Process - March 12, 2017
House Republicans and President Trump promised the American people a change in how their government will operate. The first noticeable change will be keeping to our promise of working in an open and transparent way to positively affect health care policy in this country.
'Unify the Civilized World to Reject Jihad' - February 27, 2017
Earlier this month, along with my colleagues on the House Financial Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, I went on a Congressional Delegation trip to the Republic of Congo and Egypt to meet with leaders in these two countries to discuss their commitment to fighting terror groups like Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, and ISIS.
What Do You Know About Dodd-Frank? - February 14, 2017
Much of my professional life was spent in banking, with the last 15 years spent running a community bank in Little Rock. It was here that I saw first-hand the damaging effects the Dodd-Frank Act had on smaller banks and the customers who had traditionally come to us seeking capital and access to credit. In part, this is what inspired me to seek public office and use my 30-plus years in the banking industry to provide sound input in creating financial regulations that make sense for the American people.
Separating Fact from Fiction - February 5, 2017
This week, my Conway District Office welcomed students wishing to state their objections to some of the actions our president has taken that I have supported. It was a positive discussion, and as I told the reporter who covered the story, my office strives to accommodate the thoughts and concerns of all of our constituents. I love to see young adults, particularly students, engaging with their government on issues that are meaningful to them. Our doors will always be open to those who are in need of our help or want to express their views.
First Week of President Trump - January 26, 2017
In 1981, then-President-elect Ronald Reagan decided to move the Presidential Inauguration to the West Front of the Capitol (previously held on the east side of the Capitol) because he wanted to take the Oath facing his home state of California. This was a wise decision by a wise man; the setting overlooking the National Mall is always breathtaking. But it is even more awe-inspiring when it is full of people who have descended upon it to witness the peaceful transition of power, the hallmark of our democracy.
Our Plan for Affordable Healthcare - January 13, 2017
The beginning of the 115th Congress marks an exciting time for our country. On the very first day of the Congress, the first bill we passed was one that would keep admonishments given to poorly performing Department of Veterans Affairs employees (VA) employees on those individuals’ records for the duration of their time at VA. Over the past two years, Congress has demonstrated a commitment to reforming VA so that it would perform in a way that meets the needs of the veteran, and I am proud that we will be continuing that work as we transition to a new administration
A Year in Review - December 28, 2016
This past year has been an exciting one for our country, and I am honored to have spent it serving and representing so many wonderful Arkansans in the U.S. House of Representatives. While I am looking forward to continuing my service to our great state and the Second Congressional District, I am also proud of the important work that we have accomplished in Congress to address the needs of Arkansans and hardworking Americans throughout the country.
Top 10 Biggest VA Embarrassments of the 114th Congress - December 19, 2016
File this under the "You Have Got to Be Kidding Me" section of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) newspaper headline scrapbook: "Report: VA staff left veteran's body in shower nine hours, tried to hide mistakes." My visceral reaction to this story was that this might be the worst story about VA I had read since coming to Congress.
Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary - December 7, 2016
"HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD" are the words that read on the Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. This afternoon, I made the trip across the river into Virginia from Washington D.C., to lay a wreath at the foot of the tomb.
Ending the Year on A High Note - December 3, 2016
In the final weeks of the 114th Congress, there is still some unfinished business to accomplish in Washington. And this week, the House moved forward with two of the most substantial and innovative legislative ideas to come out of the Congress this year.
A Time for Optimism - November 17, 2016
We are entering an exciting and rare time in our country's history. Only four times before has a Republican president been sworn into office with Republicans in control of the House and the Senate. This president has an opportunity to take the blueprint that we in Congress have laid out for him and truly "Make America Great Again."
Veterans Day Message - November 11, 2016
I came to Congress because I believed my experience as a leader in our business community would allow me to be a voice for commonsense economic policy. While we are making strides in Washington to improve the economic environment in America, the work I am most proud of after my first two years as your Congressman is what we have done on behalf of our veterans. Veterans Day is an appropriate time to share that message.
Increasing Government Accountability - November 6, 2016
In my view, recent years have been a low point for government accountability. Senior administration officials have been involved in scandal after scandal, and rarely do they do what is needed to clean up their own mess and discipline those at fault.
Affordable Care Act? - October 29, 2016
Just before the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as Obamacare, became the law of the land, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi infamously said: "We have to pass [Obamacare] so that you can find out what is in it…." Republicans warned against the nightmare scenario that a federally mandated healthcare system would create, but still, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and President Obama pushed forward with their signature legislative "achievement."
Security Matters Most - October 20, 2016
The size and scope of the role of the federal government has become increasingly unclear. As a conservative Member of Congress, I fight on a daily basis to limit the role of the federal government in your daily lives, while at the same time ensuring we commit resources and new accountability measures toward the limited endeavors where we need government to excel.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month - October 12, 2016
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and for many Americans, the fight against this deadly disease is personal. With one in eight American women developing breast cancer over the course of their lives, too many of us know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Congressional App Challenge - October 4, 2016
For the third consecutive year, the House of Representatives is hosting the Congressional STEM App Challenge to help foster the creativity and imagination of America's next generation of tech entrepreneurs.
#22PushupChallenge - September 26, 2016
On average, 18-22 veterans are taking their own lives every day. This is a national tragedy that Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), non-profits, community-based organizations, private business, and regular citizens need to join forces to correct.
Correcting Bureaucratic Incompetence - September 19, 2016
Yesterday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette featured a story about a 97-year-old World War II veteran who had his only source of income, his veterans pension, garnished because of an alleged default on a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan in North Carolina 20 years ago.
15 Years Later - September 11, 2016
At just before 8am central time on Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, I was driving from the Quality Inn in Bentonville, AR to Bella Vista, AR to meet the FDIC team at a recently closed bank that my banking company had agreed to purchase.
Education Roundtable Highlights This Week in Arkansas - September 2, 2016
A quality education is the best tool for making the next generation of Arkansans more successful than the last. This topic has been a priority of mine since I came to Congress at the beginning of last year.
A Better Way: Eliminating Poverty - August 19, 2016
One of the joys of American exceptionalism is being able to watch the Olympics every two years and see our gifted athletes dominate international competition. Our athletes remain a wonderful source of pride and inspiration for this Nation.
A Better Way: Tax Reform - August 10, 2016
In last week's newsletter I talked extensively about Speaker Paul Ryan's "A Better Way" agenda, and a major part of this plan is the work we are doing on tax reform. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to host a Tax Reform Roundtable at the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce in Little Rock with Arkansas business leaders, tax professionals, and other stakeholders to discuss House Republicans’ plan for reforming the current tax code.
A Better Way - August 2, 2016
House Republicans, led by Speaker Paul Ryan, took time in June and July to unveil our policy platform to rebuild our economy, strengthen national security, and restore the principles of our Nation's guiding document: the Constitution.
Wise Words from a Familiar Voice - July 14, 2016
I wanted to take a moment to reflect on last week's terrible shootings in Dallas. The City of Dallas holds a special place in my own life, it is where my wife, Martha, and I met, married, and began our careers.
My Day with the Walking Veteran; Golden Fleece Announcement - July 6, 2016
One of my favorite times of the year is the Fourth of July. This Fourth of July weekend I was able to travel all over the Second Congressional District, talking with constituents while celebrating the birth of our Nation.
A Plan for a Fair and Simple Tax Code - June 30, 2016
House Republicans are leading on this issue, and just last week, we unveiled our agenda for tax reform. It is nearly impossible to find a major issue in Washington that has such universal appeal, but the American people, across almost all ideological spectrums, support reforming the tax code.
Border Security: Findings from My Visits to Our Southwest Border - June 23, 2016
On Monday night, I went on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” to recap my findings from my recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico Border in San Diego, California. This was my third border trip, having visited El Paso, Texas, in April of last year and Laredo, Texas, last October.
Reforming Social Security Disability Insurance - June 14, 2016
Last week, along with Sen. Tom Cotton and Sen. Mike Lee, I introduced legislation to address a serious problem related to the solvency to one of our mandatory spending programs: disability insurance. H.R.5409 Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Return to Work Act will modernize SSDI to keep its benefits available to those who need them most.
Weekly Newsletter - June 7, 2016
Following a productive district work period at home in Arkansas, I am back in Washington today for what is shaping up to be a busy legislative week. Congress will continue its work on moving forward with the appropriations process, receive an address to a joint-session of Congress from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and vote on a bill that deals with the Puerto Rico financial crisis.
Memorial Day Message - May 30, 2016
Memorial Day is a time to honor the brave men and women who have laid down their lives in defense of our Republic. These heroes sacrificed everything to serve their country dutifully, all in the name of freedom.
Bad News for the President's Healthcare Law - May 18, 2016
The past week has been a good one for those in favor of dismantling Obamacare and heading in a better direction. On Monday, the Supreme Court handed a victory to the Little Sisters of the Poor when they unanimously voted to vacate previous rulings on Zubik v. Burwell and send the case back to the lower courts to negotiate a compromise that protects the rights of religious organizations.
Ninety-One Year Old Veteran Receives Purple Heart - May 9, 2016
I had the honor of taking part in an emotional moment for one of Arkansas's great warriors when Edsel Smith of Bryant, Arkansas, was awarded a Purple Heart at a ceremony in Little Rock last Tuesday. Mr. Smith, a ninety-one year old veteran of both World War II and Korea was wounded in Korea, during the campaign to take the Chosin Reservoir.
Small Business Week - May 3, 2016
This week is Small Business Week in America, and I will be in Arkansas stopping by some of our local establishments. Central Arkansas is home to many outstanding small businesses, and I have enjoyed spending time traveling throughout the entire Second Congressional District visiting with the hardworking people who own, operate, and work at them.
70 Years of Fulbright - April 22, 2016
Yesterday, I was joined by my Arkansas colleagues to celebrate one of America’s finest contributions to the international community. We planted a tree on the Capitol Grounds to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program. Established in 1946 by then-Arkansas U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, this exceptionally American contribution to the world has educated over 360,000 students from 165 countries, including 52 Nobel Laureates and 31 heads of state.
My Visit to Russia and Poland - April 15, 2016
Last week, I traveled with with four of my colleagues to Russia and Poland. I wanted to hear first-hand from the Russians in Moscow their views on Syria, Ukraine, and the state of American-Russian relations. While in Warsaw, I listened to Polish assessments on these same issues from a European point of view. In both countries, we had the opportunity to engage with business leaders, students, media, academics, and elected officials.
100 Miles for 100 Years - March 30, 2016
This week is the first of Congress' two-week district work period. I am excited to be back in Arkansas and am hosting a variety of events and speaking with many different constituents and local leaders.
#MarchMadness - March 22, 2016
Over the weekend, I watched the UALR Trojans play against the Iowa State Cyclones in the round of 32 in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The outcome of the game was not what Trojan fans had hoped for, but the loss can't take anything away from their tremendous season!
Announcing Mobile Office Hours Throughout the District This Week - March 14, 2016
As your member of Congress, being able to reach all of my constituents is an important part of the role I serve in our community. We have two great office locations in Little Rock and in Conway where my staff and I handle casework and meet with constituents.
The Administration’s Assault on Savings - March 9, 2016
When talking with constituents at home in Arkansas, I hear a litany of concerns on a wide range of topics, including doing more to care for our veterans, balancing the federal budget, and replacing Obamacare.
Arkansas's Historic and Pivotal Role in Advancing Civil Rights - February 29, 2016
Last week was productive in both Arkansas and in Washington. On Monday, I hosted a Community Empowerment Initiative (CEI) Roundtable in Little Rock. I regularly hold CEI events to hear from local community leaders on how we can work together to alleviate poverty, improve access to quality education and workforce skills, and boost opportunity for all our citizens.
Arkansas's Future Tech Entrepreneurs - February 22, 2016
I was able to spend this past week back home in Arkansas's Second Congressional District meeting with students, teachers, veterans, local judges, business and community leaders, and many other constituents.
Thoughts on This President's Day - February 15, 2016
With Saturday's news of the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, our country is left with a giant vacancy on its highest court. Like many Americans, I appreciated and admired the wit, wisdom, and dedication to the law that he displayed throughout his life.
My Visit to the Naval Academy - February 10, 2016
Last night, the House passed nine veterans bills, all of which are important to Congress achieving its goal of creating a more efficient Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that not only provides the best care for our veterans, but also is more accountable to taxpayers.
Education Matters - January 31, 2016
Last week, Southwestern Energy announced they would be laying off 600 employees in Arkansas. This is troubling news, and my thoughts are with the employees and families in Arkansas that are affected. The news also speaks to real economic problems we face here in central Arkansas and the need for a pro-growth energy policy.
The Administration’s Weak Stance on Iran - January 19, 2016
Last summer, I recorded a video message expressing my disappointment that the president had not used his nuclear agreement with Iran as an opportunity to free the Americans being illegally detained by the Iranian government. At the time, I urged the president to use the economic clout of the West to force the oppressive Iranian Regime into returning Robert Levinson, Amir Hekmati, Jason Rezaian, and Saeed Abedini to America.
New Year, New Tactics - January 12, 2016
Congress's first week back in the new year was certainly not uneventful. For the first time since Republicans became the majority party in the House, we sent to the president’s desk a bill gutting Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood.
Congressional Highlights for 2015 - December 31, 2015
It is an honor to be your voice in Congress, and as we approach the New Year, I want to wish you and yours a safe and happy 2016. I look forward to another year of representing your interests in Washington, and while we have much to do in the coming year, here are just some of our accomplishments from 2015:
The Next Generation of Great American Innovators - December 16, 2015
Young people respond to inspiration and opportunity. During my youth, I remember fondly President John Kennedy's goal of sending man to the Moon in ten years. What may have seemed unachievable was not only completed, but was done so in a way that jump-started a global technological revolution.
Highways, Paul Ryan's Vision for America, and Honoring a Great Arkansan - December 7, 2015
Last Saturday was "Small Business Saturday," and to mark the occasion, I visited someone of my favorite local small businesses. As we enter this Holiday Season, I encourage all of you to "think locally" when doing your holiday shopping.
Syrian Refugees - November 23, 2015
The attacks in Paris were a reminder that we are at war with an enemy who doesn't adhere to the rules of engagement of civilized nations. This barbaric assault on democracy was carried out by thugs who wanted to disturb how free people live.
Constituent Services Highlights - November 18, 2015
When I came to Congress, one of my primary goals was to be a great resource for the people of the Second Congressional District. As a banker, and now as a Congressman, a core belief that I have long held is that customer--now constituent--services are vital to a successful operation.
Veterans Day Message - November 11, 2015
Veterans Day is a time to recognize and honor all of the men and women who have served and continue to serve in our military. Some of these heroes fought and died for this great Nation in foreign lands to keep conflict from our shores, risking everything for the country they loved and leaving behind families and friends and the lives they could have lived.
New Beginnings - November 3, 2015
This weekend, I wrote an op-ed for the Washington Times listing a few observations for the challenges facing Congress as we transition to a new Speaker of the House, most notably a President who has a penchant for blocking our reasonable pro-growth policies.
The President's New Low - October 26, 2015
Last week, I went on First News with Kevin Miller and the Dave Elswick Show to discuss the President's potential veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016. At the time of these interviews, I was surprised we were even having the conversation because it seemed almost impossible that the President would veto the bill that funds all aspects of our military, including pay and benefits for the men and women who fight our wars.
More Work to Be Done on Our Border - October 20, 2015
Beginning with a trip to the El Paso, TX area in April, I am personally making assessment visits along our critical southwest border. Last week, I continued my tour of the border by joining Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) in his hometown of Laredo, Texas.
Another Illogical Veto Threat - October 13, 2015
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed my bill, H.R. 3192, the Homebuyers Assistance Act, by a bipartisan vote of a 303-121. H.R. 3192 would provide a formal hold-harmless period for those making a good faith effort to comply with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (TILA-RESPA) Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, which became effective on October 3, 2015.
The Pope's Message to Congress - September 30, 2015
In my nine months in Congress, I have not been a part of a week in Washington that was as uniting, hopeful, and inspiring as the one that just passed. The visit by Pope Francis was a historic moment for the Congress, and I was truly honored to have been able to be in attendance for his speech.
A Bad Deal - September 24, 2015
Like many of you, I am extremely concerned by the Administration's nuclear agreement with Iran. Implementation of the agreement is a direct threat to the safety and security of America and many of her allies throughout the world, particularly Israel.
Toughts on the 14th Anniversary of September 11 - September 11, 2015
It is hard to believe it has been 14 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when the wounds are still fresh on the minds of many Americans.
Hurricane Katrina: Ten Years Later - September 2, 2015
Like most Americans, ten years ago this week I watched with great horror and sadness as Hurricane Katrina pounded the Gulf Coast and wreaked immense devastation on the people of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
The Path to Citizenship - August 25, 2015
Last week, I had the privilege of speaking at Arkansas's naturalization oath ceremony in Little Rock. Watching the group be sworn in as American citizens was an inspiring moment for me, as well as the many other people in the room.
Back to School - August 19, 2015
This week marked the first days of school for most students in central Arkansas. This is always an exciting time of year for them, especially those entering their senior year of high school.
Here to Help - August 14, 2015
I posted this story on Facebook yesterday, but I wanted to relay it to you here as well. A constituent, Anne Roark, recently reached out to me asking for assistance in getting the military medals that her deceased father, Price Roark, received during his time in the U.S. Army.
What a Waste - August 3, 2015
This week was Congress' last before the district work period. While I have enjoyed the busy legislative schedule of the past seven months, I am excited to be able to spend the next month touring the Second Congressional District. Hearing your views on the issues that matter most to you is essential to my work.
Dodd-Frank: A Nightmare on Main Street - July 27, 2015
This week marked the 5th anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act's becoming law. Under the promise of ending future bank bailouts, enhancing consumer protection, and boosting our overall economy, the President signed Dodd-Frank into law.
American Resolve - July 20, 2015
Just weeks after Private Quinton I. Ezeagwula and the family of Private William "Andy" Long received Purple Heart medals for the 2009 recruiting office attack in Little Rock, the American people witnessed another horrific event, in which the battlefield was abruptly moved to the homeland.
Are You on Instagram? - July 13, 2015
Are you on Instagram? If you are, please follow me at username JFrenchHill. As I have said many times before, communicating with constituents is paramount to being a good legislator. Whether it is in person, over the phone, via email, or on Twitter, Facebook, and Instragram, I take my interactions with you, my constituent, very seriously.
Happy Fourth of July - July 4, 2015
I want to start this week's update by wishing you a happy Fourth of July! As people throughout the country come together to celebrate the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, I would enjoy hearing how you are celebrating with your friends and family.
Disarming Iran - June 29, 2015
As your representative in Congress, getting your feedback is invaluable to the job. Please reach out on Facebook to share your thoughts with me. Over the past few weeks, I have noted that many of you are greatly concerned about the nuclear agreement with Iran.
Father's Day Message From Congressman Hill - June 21, 2015
This Father's Day, I want to take a moment to recognize the important role fathers play in our community. Whether it is a biological father, an adoptive father, a mentor, or another family member who steps in to fill a void, fathers give children the support they need to be successful in life.
Promoting American Job Growth - June 11, 2015
As the House works to address the issues surrounding the proposed legislation governing presidential authority to negotiate trade treaties, more commonly known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), I ask that you answer a few quick questions on this important topic.
D-Day: How America and Our Allies Saved the World - June 7, 2015
The flooding in Arkansas over the past two weeks is a reminder that we have no control of Mother Nature, but it was also a reminder of the urgency our community always demonstrates when helping friends and neighbors affected by disaster.
The Golden Fleece Award - June 2, 2015
Remembering Our Heroes - May 25, 2015
There is no more noble a cause than risking your life to defend the people and the virtues you value most. Since our brave founders signed the Declaration of Independence, America has been powered by patriots willing to die for the liberty and freedom of our Nation.
The 114th Congress: Committed to Keeping America Safe - May 18, 2015
Over half of the members of the majority party in Washington have been in Congress under five years. While we may have the least seniority, I think you are beginning to see our influence in the day-to-day activities of the Congress.
Why We Need TPA - May 11, 2015
I saw a troubling report on the news this week. Any loss of jobs in Arkansas is always displeasing, but it is especially frustrating when you realize we can take actions to promote jobs and careers. Hundreds of Arkansans in the oil and gas industry are out of jobs because we have outdated regulations limiting the industry's ability to keep growing and investing to offset recent price declines.
A Smarter Approach to Appropriating - May, 3, 2015
I promised you I would work to stop wasteful government spending in Washington. While there is still a lot of work to be done, through its first four months, the 114th Congress has been refreshingly effective and efficient at meeting this goal.
One Year Later: Remembering the Victims - April 27, 2015
One year ago today, the Arkansas towns of Mayflower and Vilonia were hit by an EF4 tornado with reported winds approaching 200mph and a swath of destruction that stretched over 40 miles long.
Reforming the Tax Code - April 19, 2015
With much of the country struggling to meet the Tax Day deadline this past week, the burden of our madly complex federal tax code rests freshly on the minds of millions taxpayers.
Curbing Washington's Wasteful Spending Habits - April 13, 2015
This week, I had a flashback to my days as a Senate Banking Committee staffer when former Senator Bill Proxmire (D-WI) handed out annual awards for the biggest waste of hard earned taxpayer dollars. I had a "Golden Fleece" moment when I saw KATV's report on the poorly managed solar panel project at the VA Hospital in Little Rock.
Dismantling the Iranian Nuclear Program - April 5, 2015
Earlier this week, the President spoke to the Nation from the Rose Garden of the White House about the framework for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran’s nuclear program. While I appreciate the Administration’s efforts to promote peace in the region, I do not believe the current framework will accomplish our stated goal of a verifiably dismantled Iranian nuclear program.
Balancing the Budget and Fixing Medicare - March 29, 2015
Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives took a significant step towards securing our Nation’s future and restoring our fiscal sanity. For far too long, Congress and the President have ignored the will of the people and continued to spend taxpayer dollars at unsustainable levels.