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Sen. Pryor visits Virco factory to promote 'American-Made Strong' legislative package

Posted: August 8, 2014 - 2:57pm

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor visited Conway’s Virco factory on Friday as part of a tour to promote his “American-Made Strong” package of bills hoped to incentivize domestic manufacturing. 

Bill S.2682, would require “substantially all of the iron, steel, wood products, cement and manufactured goods” used in federal projects be American-made. It would also provide a sliding-scale for new federally-funded airports, trains and railway cars to be eligible for federal funding only if 60 percent of their iron, steel and other components are American-made in 2015, increasing by ten-percent increments to 100 percent by 2019.

The head of a federal agency could request a waiver if they find that using a domestic product “would be inconsistent with the public interest” or would increase total project schedule or cost by more than 25 percent (50 percent for department of defense projects).

Also, S.2681, introduced by Pryor, provides grants of no more than $100 million and government loans for businesses eliminating business resources and overseas in favor of domestic resources and jobs. This bill would also end tax deductions to defray costs of moving operations overseas.

Another bill introduced by Pryor, S.2680 would create a voluntary “America Star” label for domestic goods — a label along the lines of “Energy Star” labeling for efficient appliances. 

Pryor’s visit to Virco’s factory on Sturgis Road comes at a time when the company is a few weeks away from getting a product back in Walmart stores. Virco used to have a lucrative contract to make the metal folding chairs that Walmart sold, but in the late 1990s Walmart contracted with an overseas manufacturer instead.

Now, with what Pryor described as a narrowing gap between the cost of importing some goods from China and making them domestically, Walmart has begun an initiative to bring more American-made goods to market in its stores, including an initial trial run of a child-sized table and chair that will be made in Conway’s Virco plant.

Getting a product back in Walmart would be “huge,” Virco marketing director Steve Presley said during Pryor’s visit. Presley also said there was optimism that Walmart might again be interested in Virco folding chairs. 

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mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 08/08/14 - 03:41 pm
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Meanwhile

Obama, Pryor, and the rest of the Democrats want American companies to invest 14 billion dollars into the economies of African nations.

Pick a side Mr. Pryor.

Dolomite
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Dolomite 08/08/14 - 07:31 pm
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arkansasobserver
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arkansasobserver 08/09/14 - 03:55 pm
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Bottom line

The bottom line is that Obamacare would not be law if Pryor had not voted for it. His was the determining vote, because he held out, hoping he would not have to cast a pro vote, knowing Arkansans would be hurt by it. When it came to choosing for party vs Arkansas, he chose party by voting for a law THAT HE NEVER READ! Now it is our turn, Mr. Pryor. I wouldn't care if your opponent were a child molester, he would still be the better choice.

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 08/09/14 - 05:58 pm
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Mr. Observer

I gave you a thumbs down because of you last sentence which i found disgraceful.The other i agree with.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 08/09/14 - 06:10 pm
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Yes

You got that right. It was a disgusting comment.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 08/10/14 - 07:44 am
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Thank you

Thank you Sen. Pryor for your vote for the Affordable Care Act. Because of your political courage, the rate of uninsured in Arkansas is cut in half. Because of your vote, we can begin to improve infant mortality rates which are dismal compared with other advanced countries and even worse than Cuba. Because you can look beyond the polls, preventative care can take place in a clinic rather than at the hospital emergency room. Because you see the working poor as contributors to society rather than pariahs, you have assured that they have the access to regular medical care that all deserve. And finally, thank you for your ability to work across party lines on a range of issues in the best interests of all citizens, not just the ones who can give massive campaign contributions.

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Protondecay123 08/10/14 - 08:12 am
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A Great Idea.

We have become a culture on the cheap, worshipping the almighty Dollar. We've destroyed our manufacturing base, gone in debt over our head to the Chinese. And undermined our greatest strength> quality American goods. Republicans in the US Senate filibustered a bill last week that would close the loophole allowing companies to move their headquarters offshore to avoid paying taxes. These companies put money first and America second. They take advantage of our people, education system and infrastructure and turn their backs on supporting our people. If you are opposed to the poor having Health insurance then tell me are you a sheep or a goat? https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25:31-46

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crypted quill 08/10/14 - 09:44 am
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Dangit Mark Pryor, helping

Dangit Mark Pryor, helping the poor...how dare you, sir!

"When the good are overly merciful to the bad, the good eventually become the bad,"

...

"The Christian Church has been invaded in recent years by a theology that is totally foreign to the teaching of basic Christianity. Half of those who attend church have either had a divorce, are "shaking-up" or have committed adultery, have a gambling, alcohol, or pornography addiction, have been involved in an abortion, or have a friend or relative who is a sodomite, and only God knows what else. For fear of offending these people and loosing contributions, clergy "level the playing field" regarding these and other traditional evils. Very rarely are specific sins such as just mentioned discussed within our churches. But if discussion becomes unavoidable, the implication is brought that the person committing one of these offences is no worse than those guilty of gossiping or gluttony. It’s again being willing to tolerate sin in the camp for thirty pieces of silver."
...

WWJD?

*Jesus did not preach the good news only. His prophecies about the future were often very frightening. His teachings are not some "here are my feelings, what do you think?" philosophy. Almost every time Jesus went into the temple it was to have controversy with wicked leaders. (John II: 7-8, Mark 11, Luke 19, Matthew 21). When He visited the synagogues there was controversy (Luke 4), (Mark 1-3).

*In Matthew we find that Jesus rebuked His followers and irritated religious leaders by healing on the Sabbath. He called Pharisees hypocrites and vipers, and didn’t care when they were offended because they didn’t like that He "collared outside the lines of their man-made religion." He rebuked Peter, was exasperated at people’s unbelief, and stood up for children.

*In Mark we see Jesus was angry and distressed at stubborn hearts, "borrowed" a colt without permission, cursed a tree and it died.

*In Luke He said true but insulting things to people from His home town, rebuked John and James, insulted religious leaders, made sure His disciples were armed with swords, and referred to Herod as a "Fox."

*In John He made a whip and drove business men from the temple and vandalized their property. He talked to a strange woman (against the custom), called people on their duplicity, offended people with His hard teaching, and called religious leaders children of the devil. He considered it better to let Mary use expensive perfume on Him rather than sell it and give the money to the poor, and showed no respect for the high priest.

*Jesus praised His cousin, John the Baptist, who judged and publicly ridiculed Herod for adultery. "For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist."

*Though it may anger some, it happens to be a fact that when some people attempted to seek Jesus for help, He would withdraw to a private place and not immediately help them. One illustration is in Matt 15: 21 - 29 where Jesus innately refused to answer the request of a Canaan woman whose daughter was demon possessed.

*A chilling analogy comes from the parable in the nineteenth chapter of Luke where Jesus said, "But bring here those enemies of mine who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me."

http://www.alliance4lifemin.org/ten_misconceptions.php

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c'mon man 08/11/14 - 10:45 am
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How should a Christian vote?

Should we vote with the party that doesn't want to spend money that we don't have on government programs to help the poor?

Or should we vote with the party that thinks same sex couples and abortion are ok?

It looks to me like there isn't a good, clear cut option for Christians right now.

crypted quill
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crypted quill 08/11/14 - 02:31 pm
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Clearly you should vote for

Clearly you should vote for the party that marched off to war on a lie and p***ed off 2 Trillion.

Clearly you should vote for the party that will 'Save The Fetus and Starve The Baby.'

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