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As the country with the second-largest GDP in the world, China continues its rise as a significant player on the global stage. Previous administrations have attempted to get China to come to the negotiating table and sign a deal, but only came to verbal agreements, which were quickly broken. Now, President Trump has put Phase 1 of a trade deal with China into place.
Phase 1 of this new trade deal between the United States and China will lift trade barriers and boost Arkansas’ economy, specifically Arkansas’ agriculture and manufacturing industries.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement after U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed Phase I of a trade deal:
If you’ve lived in rural Arkansas for any length of time, you know that broadband connectivity is a huge issue. Something as simple as uploading a resume to a job posting or researching for a time-sensitive project can quickly be delayed by a spotty internet connection. Communities are becoming more reliant on internet connectivity by the day, which further increases the divide between rural and heavily populated areas.
As the end of the year approaches, there’s no shortage of news here on Capitol Hill. The House of Representatives is quickly trying to get impeachment articles, appropriations and military funding finalized before Christmas. But by far the most important news of the week was a deal on the United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement (USMCA). This is an overwhelmingly bipartisan trade agreement that’s been ready to go for over a year, and yet House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to bring it to the floor for a vote for unspecified reasons.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a trade agreement with South Korea regarding market access for U.S. rice. U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement:
At any given time this week, impeachment proceedings completely dominated national news headlines. Yet while networks focused on the partisan process, a huge win for poultry producers across America slipped quietly under the radar. On November 14, China lifted its ban on poultry imports from the United States, thereby reopening a huge market for poultry production.
After spending two weeks in Arkansas, I returned to D.C. ready to get to work and tackle legislation. Yet in a pattern that’s become all too familiar, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continued focusing on impeachment inquiries instead of bringing bipartisan bills to the floor that we can debate and pass to the Senate.
Impeachment is one of the most serious tools that Congress can use, but it’s not the only thing we’re elected to do. Our responsibility is to serve constituents by passing legislation that supports, protects, and provides for the needs of Americans around the country.
When the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced at the end of May that it would be closing nine Civilian Conservation Center (CCC) programs across the country, I was discouraged to learn that the Cass Center in Ozark was one of the nine. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and I immediately wrote to the USDA and Department of Labor (DOL), expressing concern about the proposed closures, the lack of congressional notification and what that would mean for rural parts of our state.
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) and U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) announced that the Trump administration will withdraw plans to end the Jobs Corps Civilian Conservation Center (CCC) program.
WASHINGTON – Today, Lockheed Martin announced at the Paris Air Show that the company is expanding production in Camden, Ark. U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement: