WASHINGTON — U.S. House roll call votes in which Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, voted opposite of the three other Republican members of Arkansas’ House delegation.
Agriculture and Food Stamps
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Cotton opposed final passage of H.R. 1947, the farm bill that would set agriculture and nutrition policies for the next five years. The bill was defeated 195-234 raising concerns in the agricultural community as to whether Congress will reach agreement on a safety net for farmers. Heritage Action, Club for Growth and FreedomWorks opposed it.
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Cotton supported eliminating the Marketing Access Program that Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, claimed pays for “lavish international travel and marketing expenses” for large profitable agri-businesses. Crawford called it a “critical tool” for producers in his district to access foreign markets, noting that studies say it was directly responsible for $6.1 billion in farm exports last year. The Chabot amendment to H.R. 1947 was defeated 98-322. Club for Growth supported it.
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Cotton voted in favor of eliminating the Emerging Markets Program, which Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., called an unnecessary $10 million expense. The Brooks amendment to H.R. 1947 was defeated 103-322 after Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., defended the program as a “good use of resources.”
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Cotton favored an amendment offered by Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., to establish a nine-state pilot program to collect and publish data on how food stamp dollars are spent. Marino said the program would bring transparency and accountability to SNAP but Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., ridiculed the idea of creating another avenue for the government to spy on its citizens. The amendment to H.R. 1947 was defeated 79-346.
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Cotton supported an amendment offered by Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., to cut $40 million spent on advertising and promoting farmers markets around the country. The amendment to H.R. 1947 failed 156-269.
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Cotton supported an effort to revise the Crop Insurance program to guarantee that any savings accrued from Standard Reinsurance Agreements would go to deficit reduction. The amendment to H.R. 1947 failed 174-252.
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Cotton voted against final passage of H.R. 1911, a bill that would have reformed how interest rates are set on federal student loans, and ensuring that rates did not double as the current system expired. The bill passed 221-198 but was not agreed to in the Senate.
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Cotton voted in favor of H.Con.Res 25, an alternative budget proposal from the conservative Republican Study Committee that proponents claimed would have balanced the federal budget in four years. The resolution failed 104-132. Heritage Action supported it.
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Cotton voted against passage of H.R. 1033, a bill that would authorize the purchase and protection of significant battlefields of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 at a projected cost of $50 million. The bill passed 283-122. Heritage Action opposed it.
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Cotton supported another proposal by Broun to reduce renewable energy programs by an additional $9.8 million. Broun argued the 1 percent spending cut was needed given the nation’s financial circumstances. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., argued that the remaining programs were focused on efforts that could reduce gas prices. The amendment to H.R. 2609 failed 153-257.
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Cotton supported a proposed $100 million reduction in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Essential Air Service program proposed by Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., who complained the program paid for “empty and near-empty” flights from tiny community airports. The amendment to H.R. 2610 failed 166-248 after Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, argued the program plays a key role in rural economic development. Heritage Action supported it.
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Cotton voted against passage of H.R. 297, a bill that would reauthorize spending on graduate medical education programs in children’s hospitals at a cost of about $300 million a year. The bill passed 352-50. Heritage Action opposed it.
Emergency Aid and Flood Insurance
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Cotton opposed H.R. 41, a bill to temporarily increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Administration so that it could payout flood insurance claims related to Hurricane Sandy. The bill passed 354-67. Club for Growth opposed it.
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Cotton voted against H.R. 2217, which Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., proposed to offer immediate relief to homeowners facing skyrocketing flood insurance rate hikes as an unintended consequence to flood insurance reforms that Congress adopted a year earlier. The bill passed 281-146. Heritage Action opposed it.
Military and Foreign Policy
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Cotton voted against a proposal by Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., to require President Obama to stick to his announced timetable for withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. The amendment to H.R. 1960 would have required Congress to vote if American troops were needed there beyond 2014. It passed 305-121.
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Cotton opposed a measure offered by Rep. Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., to affirm that the federal government was empowered to indefinitely detain enemy combatants but not U.S. citizens. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., said U.S. citizens were not sufficiently protected by the amendment. The amendment to H.R. 1960 passed 214-211.
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Cotton voted against a proposal by Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, to cut in half the $1 billion in U.S. aid heading to Pakistan. Poe said passage of his amendment would send a long overdue message to Pakistan to stop its treachery. Rep. Peter Visclosky, D-Ind., argued against the cut saying that despite a difficult relationship Pakistan has helped the U.S. make progress against terrorism. The amendment to H.R. 2397 failed 186-237.
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Cotton backed an amendment to H.R. 2397 that would block the military from hiring “atheist” chaplains. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., a co-sponsor, said the ban was needed to keep the Obama administration from “ruining the integrity of the chaplaincy.” Opponents said the military should be left to decide if atheists or humanists should be hired as chaplains to serve non-believers. The amendment passed 253-173. A month earlier the entire Arkansas delegation voted against a proposal to require the hiring of atheist chaplains.
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After the Senate approved reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, Cotton voted against a House substitute that would have weakened the ability of tribal courts to prosecute such crimes committed on their reservations. He said that the substitute did not go far enough to insure that U.S. citizens could transfer such cases from tribal to state or federal courts. The substitute failed, 166-257. The underlying bill, S.47, was later adopted without the support of Cotton, Crawford, Griffin or Womack.
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Cotton opposed reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act, which provides federal assistance to support state and local communities deal with public health emergencies and disasters. Among other things, the bill authorizes the federal government to purchase drugs, vaccines and medical equipment that may be needed in the event of public health disasters. The bill passed 395-29.
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Cotton voted against passage of the National Pediatric Research Network Act that was introduced by Reps. Lois Capps, D-Calif., and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., to strengthen research on rare childhood diseases. The bill, H.R. 225, was approved 375-27