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Opening Statement of Hon. John Boozman, Ranking Republican Member, and a Representative in Congress from the State of Arkansas

Thank you Madam Chairwoman and good afternoon to everyone, especially those who have joined us to provide their views on the bills before the subcommittee.

We have lots to do this afternoon, so I will be very brief.  The bills before us represent many good ideas and intentions and I look forward to hearing from our witnesses about their positions.  I am concerned however, that some initiatives may have unintended consequences that are less than optimal.

I would also ask a favor of our witnesses.  Please limit your remarks to your comments on the bills rather than each of you explaining each bill to us.  That will give us more time to grill you with highly insightful and probing questions.

Madam Chairwoman, I look forward to a good markup next week to report some solid legislation to the full committee.  I yield back.