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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” These opening words of the First Amendment are foundational to American law and society. As a congressman, it’s my constitutional duty to oppose any law that would infringe on an American’s right to practice their religion. For this reason, I was pleased to see the Supreme Court rule in favor of religious liberty in the case of Little Sisters of the Poor vs. Pennsylvania.
On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling in the case of Bostock v. Clayton County. It’s a landmark decision, for several reasons. In their majority opinion, six justices wrote that sexual orientation and gender identity fell under the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1975.
The federal budget process isn’t likely to be dinner table conversation, it rarely grabs cable news headlines, and it’s usually the furthest thing from our minds. But on Nov. 19 in a now-annual pattern, Congress punted its appropriation – government funding – duties for another month in what’s called a continuing resolution (CR). I voted against this CR, for several reasons.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement on the House’s vote on the Save the Internet Act:
U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) released the following statement in response to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019:
"In the words of Yogi Berra, this is déjà vu all over again: another massive spending bill with limited time to read it. Conference committee members had just one hour to review the provisions, the bill was filed after 1:00 this morning, and members are expected to comb through almost 1,200 pages of text in time for a vote at 9:00 tonight.
September 30 is an important date in our nation’s capital. It’s the end of the fiscal year for the federal government and about 30% of Uncle Sam’s programs depend on new congressional discretionary appropriations each year to remain operational. The list includes Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Interior and other departments that are funded through 12 House originated appropriations bills.
From time to time, individuals find themselves in need of assistance. Whether it be from our families, our houses of worship, or assistance from the federal or state government, many Arkansans have found themselves in need of a hand.