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U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with U.S. Reps. Steve Womack, French Hill, Rick Crawford, and Bruce Westerman—sent a letter to the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) to support Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s request for an SBA disaster declaration for economic injury as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The declaration would make additional federal resources available to the state’s small businesses to provide needed relief during this unprecedented time.
WASHINGTON— U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman—pressed the Trump administration to maintain access to vetted, temporary workers to help ensure America’s agriculture industry has the workforce it needs to continue producing our domestic food supply as our nation combats the novel coronavirus.
The U.S. Constitution requires that the president give a State of the Union address “from time to time,” in order to inform the American people on national matters. This address has become an annual tradition, and it’s always a big night on Capitol Hill as we hear directly from the president on the year behind us and what’s to come.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress:
Trade with international allies is the backbone of the American economy. Importing and exporting goods and services not only sustains millions of American jobs, but it also provides the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the cars we drive and much more. Two of our most important trading partners are our neighbors to the north and south, Canada and Mexico. That’s why the United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement (USMCA) is such a boost for American manufacturing and agriculture.
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: