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August 13, 2021 Weekly Columns

As summer moves to a close, families and teachers begin to prepare for children to return to the classroom. Hopefully, this school year will look much different than the last.

June 18, 2021 Weekly Columns

Freshman year of college is hard for any young person. A child leaves home, often for the first time, to face a brand new world of independence and new ideas. While college should be a challenging experience, it should also be an environment open to exploring new concepts and refining one’s own perspectives. Unfortunately, it seems more and more frequently that I hear stories of students who voice beliefs contrary to the school’s, or a particular professor, or the “majority” of the student body’s thinking, and are told to sit down and be quiet, or worse. 

May 10, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) announced the Fourth District winners of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition. First place winner Danielle Luyet’s work, titled “Faces of America,” will be displayed in the main hallway between the Cannon House Office Building and the U.S. Capitol for the year.
March 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Bruce Westerman introduced the bipartisan READ Act with Reps. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), Julia Brownley (D-CA), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).

February 19, 2021 Weekly Columns

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance for how schools can reopen safely, making President Biden’s stated goal of reopening all K-12 schools to five days a week by the end of April a reality. The science has been clear that schools are of low risk to spread Coronavirus, and studies have shown that there are serious consequences of virtual learning to children’s mental, emotional, and academic well-being.

November 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) hosted a virtual reception announcing the winners of the Congressional App Challenge. Westerman issued the following statement:

“I look forward to the Congressional App Challenge every year as a way to showcase the incredible talent of Fourth District students. Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet with them in person this year due to COVID-19, but I’m glad we still got to hold the reception virtually so I could congratulate them on all their hard work. It’s always difficult to pick a winner!”

August 31, 2020 In The News

Arkansas students are back to school, ready to tackle a new year. As part of a comprehensive education, I believe parents should have the right to choose the school that's best suited for their child, regardless of their ZIP code.

July 24, 2020 Weekly Columns

As a father of four and a former school board member, I understand the importance of education and its value to the community. I also understand the severity of COVID-19 and how we must take every precaution to slow its spread and keep Americans safe. With another school year quickly approaching, we are faced with a difficult question: should we reopen schools? I believe we should, and focus all our efforts on providing teachers and students with protective gear, shrinking class sizes, spreading desks apart or finding other ways to limit contact and prevent contagion.

March 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Reps. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-Penn.) introduced the bipartisan Reading Early and Addressing Dyslexia (READ) Act.