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Those who are old enough to have witnessed the tragic events on Sept. 11, 2001, remember exactly where they were when they heard of the attacks.
I was driving to a meeting in Gurdon, listening to the radio when I heard the news. When I arrived at my meeting, attended by folks from all over the country, including New York City, we simply watched the TV in disbelief and horror as the events unfolded. Soon after, everyone kept their rental cars in order to drive across the country to get home to their families.
The coordinated terrorist attacks on our troops and innocent civilians in Kabul, Afghanistan by ISIS was nothing less than a tragedy. Thirteen servicemen lost their lives in the mission to protect Americans and all human life in the face of true evil. My heart goes out to the families of those who were injured or killed. The nation grieves together with the loved ones of these heroes.
WASHINGTON – Reacting to reports of coordinated terrorist attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan on American troops and civilians, Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) released the following statement:
The world has watched in horror as Afghanistan crumbled to the Taliban and thousands of desperate people attempt to flee their brutal regime. The Taliban swept through the Afghan army with little resistance and set up shop in the Presidential Palace, surrounded by the weapons and equipment provided by the U.S.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressmen Bruce Westerman released the following statement on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
News on the worsening situation on our southern border continues to break this week. McAllen, Texas, the small town I just recently visited, has declared a local disaster as it struggles to manage the sheer number of COVID-positive migrants flooding into downtown McAllen, where the migrant shelter is 500% overcapacity. Officials report that in just one week, 1,500 COVID-19 positive migrants were released into the community. In the same week, another 7,000 migrants who tested negative for COVID-19 were given plane tickets or bus tickets to wherever they desired to go in the country.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to lead a trip to McCallen, Texas, with several other Congress members to see for ourselves the results of the immigration crisis at our southern border. What we witnessed was shocking. In my position as Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee, in which we oversee nearly all federal lands, I initially went to see the environmental impact of the thousands of people flooding the area. While we did see significant environmental degradation and pollution, the human cost of the emergency was much worse.
A study by Harvard University found that one-third of Americans do not trust the integrity of the 2020 Presidential election. Their distrust is a call for action, and it is our responsibility to restore confidence in our voting systems.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced the Verification and Oversight for Transparent Elections, Registration, and Identification (VOTER ID) Act. U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Brian Mast (R-FL), Randy Weber (R-TX), and Rick Crawford (R-AR) joined the bill as original cosponsors.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump’s update on Iran: