Rep. French Hill: Religious Freedom Still Applies to Every American Even During a National Emergency

November 22, 2020

It's becoming clear to many Americans that our national life has slid towards a double standard. Throughout the #COVID19 pandemic, we have seen a troubling trend of state leaders leaning on religious institutions harder than any other group or organization. The liberties enshrined in the Constitutio...

  • Rep. French Hill Urges Speaker Pelosi to Put People Before Politics November 20, 2020

    We cannot allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good. Central Arkansans and Americans across the country desperately need assistance as we continue to withstand the current health crisis. Our top priority in the House should be expanding and extending the Paycheck Protection Program, easing PPP forgiveness, addressing pandemic unemployment payments, and increasing the flexibility with which states can utilize funding from the CARES Act. Additionally, we must extend the CARES Act’s deadline fr...

  • "Your Ideas'' Video Series – Scipio Jones Portrait Act – Episode 9 November 19, 2020

    I am pleased to announce that the Senate has passed my legislation, the Scipio Jones Post Office Portrait Act, which will honor one of Arkansas’s greatest heroes, and one of America’s best lawyers – Scipio Africanus Jones. Jones' skillful legal defense saved the lives of twelve Black sharecroppers, who were wrongfully convicted of murder, by an Arkansas state court in the aftermath of the 1919 Elaine Massacre. I introduced this legislation to authorize that a portrait of this brave hero will be ...

  • Rep. Hill Discusses the Future of the Republican Party on Bloomberg TV November 18, 2020

    This morning I spoke with Bloomberg Television’s Tom Keene and Francine Lacquaabout the important role that the House Republicans and Senate Republicans will play over the next 2-4 years. The Republican Party is the party of opportunity and growth. In the next few years, we will continue to seek out ways to promote the growth of our nation, especially finding long-term solutions to overcome the health, and economic, crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. During our interview, I emphasized t...

  • Rep. Hill Honors the Life and Legacy of Dale English on the House Floor November 3, 2020

    I recently spoke on the House floor in order to honor the life, and legacy, of Dale English. Mr. English served as a city councilman in Searcy for 33 years. He was a thoughtful, intelligent leader. Before that, Mr. English served for 20 years in the Fire Department. He developed a reputation for his love, and support, of youth sports. His influence in Searcy will be missed. He will be remembered forever as the consummate public servant. I extend my condolences to the English family, the citizens...

  • Rep. Hill Congratulates Barry McKuin on the Occasion of His Retirement November 2, 2020

    Mr. Barry McKuin recently announced that he will be stepping down from his responsibilities with the nonprofit Winthrop Rockefeller Institute after 15 years in the role. Mr. McKuin has served the community of Morrilton for many years, first as the CFO of Winrock Farms and later, as the president of the Conway County Economic Development Corporation. Barry has dedicated his life to the community and helped put Morrilton on the map through initiatives like the Uncommon Communities program. We are ...

  • Rep. Hill Recognizes Clinton School of Public Service Dean James “Skip” Rutherford November 1, 2020

    Recently, I took to the House Floor to recognize James “Skip” Rutherford, the dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock. Skip planned to retire this year. He stayed longer than anticipated in order to help the school’s students, faculty, and staff to weather the storm of COVID-19. Obviously, he is extremely dedicated to the people with whom he works. He has been instrumental in the building of the Clinton Presidential Library, and in the development of th...

  • Rep. Hill Congratulates Grady Spann on Being Named President of Association of State Park Directors October 29, 2020

    I congratulate Grady Spann, the director of Arkansas State Parks for being named President of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD). Grady is a 27-year employee of Arkansas State Parks, having previously served as the superintendent of the Ozark Folk Center State Park, Historic Washington State Park, and Parkin Archeological State Park. In 2012 he was named the supervisor of Region 5, a newly created region of parks. Grady Spann's commitment to the preservation of the Natural ...

  • Rep. Hill Honors Darrell Wood from Benton on the House Floor October 27, 2020

    Recently, I took to the House Floor to recognize the patriotic contributions of Darrell Wood during the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this summer, Benton Mayor, Tom Farmer, noticed a street adorned with American flags. Over the coming weeks, Mayor Farmer noticed more and more flags appearing around the city until nearly every street in the area was decorated. After asking local citizens, Mayor Farmer determined that Darrell Wood was responsible for the patriotic display. To show their appreciation,...

  • Rep. Hill Speaks at Awarding of $2.5 Million Grant for Pulaski Tech October 23, 2020

    I am committed to promoting access to career and technical education, and workforce development. The investment of $2.5 million into the @Universtity of Arkansas will allow the college to build a new STEM park. I am proud of my role in supporting this grant and am excited that this project will add up to 600 more skilled workers to central Arkansas every year. This education will enable more Arkansan workers to earn promotions and pursue new careers in addition to helping to fill the skilled wor...

  • Rep. Hill Recognizes Derrick Clark for His Resilience and Determination in the Face of Addiction October 23, 2020

    For years, Derrick wrestled with drug abuse and homelessness on the streets of Little Rock, looking for a fresh start. He spent time at Jericho Way, a Little Rock shelter, where he was able to meet people who saw his potential. Derrick made the slow march to sobriety and self-sufficiency working at minimum wage jobs until landing a position with a trucking company. With a commercial driver’s license and gainful employment under his belt, Derrick established the Paul Philia scholarship to give ot...

  • Rep. Hill Recognizes the Career and Contributions of Mary Newsome October 22, 2020

    Recently, I recognized the career, and contribution, of Mary Newsome to the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM), and to Conway County, Arkansas. Mary has dedicated her life to the betterment of others. I thank her for her years of service to UACCM, and to Central Arkansas. Mary is the longest-serving employee of UACCM. Her career began in 1981 as an “extra help” worker. Currently, she is serving as the assistant to the chancellor. Yet, after 39 years, her dedication to ...

  • Rep. French Hill Advocates for Bipartisan COVID-19 Relief on OANN October 20, 2020

    The lack of additional #COVID19 relief is beyond disappointing. Both #Republicans and #Democrats agree that #Congress should extend the Paycheck Protection Program, give our governors more flexibility to spend money allocated to their states from the CARES Act, and help our schools reopen safely. Speaker Pelosi needs to put politics aside and focus on what will help struggling families and workers.

  • Rep. French Hill Recognizes Ryan Christiansen on the House Floor October 18, 2020

    Congratulations to Ryan Christiansen of Bald Knob, Arkansas for being named the 2020 Eagle Scout of the year by the Arkansas Veterans of Foreign Wars! He was additionally honored with a challenge coin from the White County Sheriff's Office-Arkansas, and County Judge Michael Lincoln named August 7, “Ryan Christiansen Appreciation Day,” coinciding with Purple Heart Day. Now a freshman at Arkansas State University, Ryan has worked tirelessly in the service of others. For his Eagle Scout project, Ry...

  • Rep. Hill Congratulates VFW Post 4453 in Morrilton for 75 years of Service October 16, 2020

    Our VFW Posts in Arkansas do so much to support our heroes once they return home. These VFW Posts also honor veterans once they pass, keeping their memories alive in the hearts of central Arkansans. Recently, I took to the House Floor to recognize VFW Post 4453 in Morrilton on their 75th year of service. Every year for the Fourth of July, VFW Post 4453 lines up American flags for the Morrilton Walk of Flags. Each of these flags is a visual reminder of the brave men and women from Conway County w...

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