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  • How the Senate First Step Act is flawed The Senate First Step Act would make sweeping changes to our federal criminal justice system. While the bill's supporters have started this reform process with good intentions, the latest version of the bill would result in the early release of thousands of violent felons. My Senate colleagues should take the time to fix the flaws in this legislation instead of rushing a bill through in the lame-duck session. Proponents of the bill claim that "nothing in... Read More
  • What's Really in Congress's Justice-Reform BillNational ReviewBy: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) The bad outweighs the good. It remains to be seen whether the lame-duck 115th Congress will debate a sweeping overhaul of our federal criminal-justice system before we adjourn for the year. You may have heard about the legislation at hand, the FIRST STEP Act. I oppose it. I urge my fellow conservatives to take the time to read and understand the bill before signing on in support of this flawed... Read More
  • Close the Loophole that's Letting Violent Criminals go FreeWashington ExaminerBy: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) In April, a gang member convicted of nine felonies, Cornelius Spencer, was charged with raping two homeless Arkansans, a 62-year-old woman and a 21-year-old autistic man. What's worse, these crimes would never have happened if Spencer had not been released a full five years before his sentence was up. Because of a Supreme Court ruling that negated an... Read More
  • Gina Haspel has spent her life defending our country. She's an excellent choice for CIAFOX NewsBy Senator Cotton (R-Arkansas) President Trump's nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel, is set to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. As a strong supporter of her nomination, I expect she will do very well. Despite her opponents' attempts to paint her as an ideological zealot, Haspel is a consummate professional whose record of accomplishment, bipartisan support, and clear... Read More
  • Hostile powers like Russia and China threaten US communications networks -- enoughFox NewsBy: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Our nation's communications networks benefit us in ways unimaginable at the start of the digital age. But a potential danger lurks: hidden "backdoors" in network equipment. A hostile foreign power could use these backdoors to spy on Americans or attack our critical infrastructure by injecting viruses or launching denial-of-service attacks. These... Read More
  • Sen. Tom Cotton: Why I support Pompeo at State, Haspel at CIAFox News My colleague, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, took to this space on Thursday to announce he would oppose both President Trump's nominations of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state and Gina Haspel as director of the CIA. His arguments against them were deeply ill-informed, and because of the misperceptions they've spread, they deserve a fundamental reply. First, Senator Paul trained his sights on Ms. Haspel, whom he said "presided... Read More
  • Any DACA deal must include an end to chain migrationThe HillBy Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), David Perdue (R-Georgia), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) If Congress and the president don't reach an immigration deal in the next two months, more than 690,000 young DACA recipients will lose their temporary work permits and protections from deportation. Nobody wants to see that happen. Most of these young people were brought to this country through no fault of their own, and they relied on President... Read More
  • Contact: Caroline Rabbitt Tabler (202) 224-2353 End ObamaCare's individual mandate-it's cruel and pointlessFox NewsBy: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) It's unfortunate and profoundly disappointing Congress proved itself incapable of repealing and replacing ObamaCare. But for lower-income Americans who feel the pain of this law each day, that's all the more reason for Congress to exempt them from one of ObamaCare's cruelest provisions: the individual... Read More
  • Our immigration plan is pro-worker and pro-growthSenator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator David Perdue (R-Georgia)USA Today President Trump got big applause last week during a speech in Ohio when he called for fixing our immigration system. Instead of a "terrible system where anybody comes in," the president advocated for a "merit-based system, one that protects our workers" and "our economy." According to polls, most Americans agree with him, but our outdated immigration laws do the... Read More
  • Repeal the Budget Control ActSenator Tom CottonThe Wall Street Journal ‘We need Congress to do its job," President Trump said Saturday at the commissioning ceremony for the USS Gerald R. Ford. "Pass the budget that provides for higher, stable and predictable funding levels for our military needs that our fighting men and women deserve." The president is right, but what's standing in the way is the Budget Control Act of 2011. So why don't we repeal it already? In retrospect, the Budget... Read More
  • Repeal the CFPB's Anti-Consumer Ban on Mandatory Arbitration ClausesSenator Tom Cotton and Representative Keith RothfusForbes Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a rule prohibiting banks, credit-card companies, and other financial institutions from including mandatory arbitration clauses in new contracts. The CFPB claims to have struck a blow for consumer rights, but the truth is, this rule will be a boon to frivolous lawsuits-and a drag on our economy. Today, when... Read More
  • Drones and FederalismSenators Tom Cotton and Mike LeeThe Washington Times Last week, drone industry executives told President Trump they needed more regulation, not less, before they could expand further - a man-bites-dog story if ever there was one. But the answer isn't to keep waiting on Washington. It's to make use of one of our nation's founding principles: federalism. For now, the drone industry is grounded because the Federal Aviation Agency hasn't written guidelines for drones that fly... Read More
  • From our world-class universities and our unmatched workforce to our culture of entrepreneurship and drive for success, there are many reasons America's economy is the strongest in the world. But a bedrock of our economy is too often overlooked: our intellectual property system. Intellectual property rights have their own clause in the Constitution because our Founding Fathers recognized the importance of encouraging invention and innovation. They wanted the United States to be a place where we... Read More
  • On Memorial Day, Americans turn our thoughts to the nation's fallen heroes and one place above all: Arlington National Cemetery. It's the most famous and beloved of our nation's cemeteries, attracting more than 4 million visitors a year. I once served at Arlington with the U.S. Army's Old Guard, which performs military funeral honors there. In a sign of our national fascination with Arlington, the single most frequent question I get when I speak around the country is about my service with the... Read More
  • Countdown ClocksSenator Tom CottonThe Washington Post Just 364 days, 23 hours and 59 minutes to go until The Washington Post publishes its 2018 Spring Cleaning issue. In the meantime, we ought to ditch the countdown clock. These days, it seems like news channels are always counting down to something. But I can't quite agree with the networks about what's considered a clock-worthy "event." New Year's? Sure. A presidential address? Possibly. Rachel Maddow's Trump tax return "exposé"?... Read More
  • A Strike in Syria Restores Our Credibility in the WorldSenator Tom CottonThe New York Times After President Bashar al-Assad of Syria once again attacked his own citizens with poison gas, the civilized world recoiled in horror at images of children writhing in pain and suffocating to death. President Trump voiced this justified outrage at a news conference on Wednesday, and the next day he took swift, decisive action against the outlaw Assad regime. But these strikes did more than simply punish... Read More
  • Russia has subverted our treaty on cruise missiles for years. It's time to act.Senator Tom CottonThe Washington Post Gen. Paul Selva recently became the first Pentagon official to state publicly that Russia has deployed a land-based cruise missile in direct violation of its treaty obligations to the United States. Selva, who serves as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee: "We believe that the Russians have deliberately deployed... Read More
  • Fix Immigration. It's What Voters Want.New York TimesBy: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) Donald J. Trump smashed many orthodoxies on his way to victory, but immigration was the defining issue separating him from his primary opponents and Hillary Clinton. President-elect Trump now has a clear mandate not only to stop illegal immigration, but also to finally cut the generation-long influx of low-skilled immigrants that undermines American workers. Yet many powerful industries benefit from such... Read More
  • Our President Desperately Needs an ObamaCare Reality CheckFox News Opinion By Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) When President Obama and Congressional Democrats rammed ObamaCare through Congress in a series of late night votes, the majority of Americans were rightly skeptical of the law. At the time, President Obama claimed the law was the answer to our health care problems and that skeptics would be proven wrong. And for the last six years he's held strong to that argument. Even as the ObamaCare... Read More
  • What We Learned in Scandinavia About MigrantsWall Street JournalBy: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) We recently visited Norway and Sweden to understand more about the European migrant crisis. What we saw provides important lessons for the American immigration debate. More than 1.5 million people have relocated to Europe over the last two years. Many are refugees from Syria, Iraq and other war-torn lands. Many are simply economic migrants leaving poorer... Read More