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  • — by Senator Tom Cotton
    Over the summer, as insurrection gripped the streets, I called to send in the troops if necessary to restore order. On Wednesday insurrectionists occupied the Capitol and disrupted the proceedings of Congress.These groups waved signs with different slogans, but our response must be the same: no quarter for insurrectionists. Those who use violence to advance their agendas must be stopped with the full force of the law.Mob violence exploded over the past year. Last May rioters and looters... Read More
  • Netflix's 'Cuties' is child pornography hiding in plain sight - it is Hollywood exploitationBy: Senator Tom CottonSeptember 15, 2020 People can disagree about all manner of issues - and in America, we certainly do. One thing that shouldn't be up for debate is that young children ought to be protected from sexual abuse and exploitation. Hollywood has long failed this fundamental moral test, as evidenced by the many child stars who were abused by their supposed caretakers, both on and off the set.... Read More
  • Twitter Tried to Censor Me—and They Lost Fox News Senator Tom Cotton   A Jacobin mob of left-wing thought police has risen up across our country. No statue, no movie, no cartoon is immune. Nor any op-ed. The New York Times, after publishing my op-ed about the Insurrection Act, capitulated to a woke mob of its employees.   But it’s not just the Times. I reveal here for the first time that... Read More
  • A free society depends on the rule of law, which is the foundation for public order and peace.   Police are the indispensable guardians of that law. We rightfully honor them for the risks they assume every morning when they put on their badge—and sometimes the bulletproof vest—knowing they may not come home that night to take them off.   But police have a sworn duty to wield their power with justice. They take an oath never to betray their “character or the public... Read More
  • China stole US capacity to make drugs - we must take it back By: Senator Tom Cotton and Congressman Mike Gallagher Earlier this month, a Chinese Communist Party propaganda outlet insinuated that Beijing could cut off supplies of life-saving medicine to the United States at any time, dooming our country to "sink into the hell of a novel coronavirus epidemic." Unfortunately, this isn't an empty threat. The United States is dangerously dependent for pharmaceuticals on the very regime whose failures... Read More
  • Originally published on Fox News.  Earlier this year, we learned that Martin Shkreli, a conman and convicted felon, was secretly running an investment company from prison using a contraband cell phone. Shkreli, also known as the "Pharma Bro," achieved infamy in 2015 for jacking up the price of a medicine needed by a small group of very sick patients to enrich himself and his investors. He was convicted of fraud in 2017 and sent to prison. Prison is supposed to keep criminals out of our... Read More
  • Justice ServedArkansas Democrat GazetteBy: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge This summer, President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr resumed the federal death penalty for five brutal murderers, including a white supremacist who murdered a family of three right here in Arkansas. The federal death penalty has been in a de facto moratorium since 2003. Attorney General Barr's announcement will end this misguided moratorium and align the federal capital-crimes... Read More
  • We Should Buy GreenlandThe New York TimesBy: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) Trump isn't the only one to recognize the country's strategic importance. Beijing does, too. After news leaked last week that President Trump had expressed interest in acquiring Greenland from Denmark, his critics predictably derided him as crazy. But once again, the president is crazy like a fox. The acquisition of Greenland would secure vital strategic interests for the United States, economically benefit both us and... Read More
  • Contact Caroline Tabler or James Arnold (202) 224-2353 Senators: Cracking down on shell companies and money launderingCNBCBy: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkanasas), Mark R. Warner (D-Virginia), Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota), and Doug Jones (D-Alabama) The United States has become one of the go-to destinations for the creation of anonymous shell companies, allowing human traffickers, terrorists, money launderers, sanctions evaders, kleptocrats, and other criminals to promote criminal activities here in... Read More
  • Contact Caroline Tabler or James Arnold (202) 224-2353 Schumer & Cotton: Our bipartisan 'Fentanyl Sanctions Act' targets traffickers like China USA TodayBy: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) Synthetic opioids have devastated our home states and many others. We need to work together to end an epidemic that kills tens of thousands a year. Overdosing from synthetic opioids is one of the fastest-growing causes of death in America, a crisis long in the making... Read More
  • Contact Caroline Tabler or James Arnold (202) 224-2353 Fighting Fraud - End Drug-Patent Abuse, Lower CostsThe Arkansas Democrat GazetteBy: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) The high price of prescription drugs is one of the problems I hear about most from Arkansans. Most of us have a love-hate relationship with drug companies. On the one hand, we understand that medical researchers have saved or improved the lives of millions of our fellow citizens. We also know that breakthrough drugs can cost... Read More
  • Contact Caroline Tabler or James Arnold (202) 224-2353 Keep the Chinese Government Away from 5G TechnologyThe Washington PostBy: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) China's premier telecommunications company, Huawei, has risen to power through a combination of force, fraud and coordination with the Chinese Communist Party. Huawei has stolen valuable technology - and has allegedly stolen more, including the recent case of a high-tech robot arm - to get a leg up on... Read More
  •   Fix the First Step Act and Keep Violent Criminals behind Bars National Review  By: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas)    Republicans can and should pass some common-sense amendments. This week, the Senate will vote on the latest version of the First Step Act, a criminal-justice bill that would release thousands of dangerous criminals from federal prison earlier than under current law. This effort is misguided and dangerous, as I have written before. Thankfully, there... Read More
  • 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