Womack, Cotton receive subcommittee assignments


WASHINGTON – Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, was appointed Tuesday to serve on the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees military spending.

“As a 30-year veteran of the United States Army National Guard, I am especially excited to sit on the coveted Defense Subcommittee and to work on behalf of the people of the 3rd District and our men and women in uniform,” Womack said.

One of the biggest defense issues facing Northwest Arkansas is the potential loss of the A-10 fighter mission from the Air Guard in Fort Smith. The Air Force has been considering moving the mission away from the 188th Fighter Wing as part of a larger cost-cutting effort.

The chief of staff for the Air Force, Gen. Mark Welsh III, has scheduled a visit to the base on Friday at the request of local officials and members of the state’s congressional delegation.

Womack was also assigned to two other Appropriations subcommittees that oversee the departments of the Treasury, Judiciary, Education, Labor and Health and Human Services.

Meanwhile, Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, has been appointed to two subcommittees of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Cotton, an Army veteran, will serve on the Terrorism, Nonproliferation & Trade subcommittee and the Middle East & North Africa subcommittee.

“With the benefit of my experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, I am eager to play a part in American foreign policy efforts in the Middle East and North Africa region — an area that regrettably continues to suffer from instability,” Cotton said.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to testify before the Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The committee is looking into the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, on Sept. 11.