“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.
When you think about the Fourth of July, you likely think about memories of grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, spending the afternoon on the lake, hosting a backyard barbeque with friends or watching fireworks. This year, I hope you also take time to think about all that the day represents and the incredible freedoms we enjoy in America.
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.
WASHINGTON— U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton— along with U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman—applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for awarding a $75 million loan to Arkansas Electric Co-op Corps through the Electric Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program.
With COVID-19 taking up so much of the news cycle, it can be easy to forget about those living with debilitating illnesses like ALS. Even as scientists continue researching a coronavirus vaccine and working to make the impact as small as possible on America, I believe we need to continue providing cutting-edge treatment and medications to those with chronic illnesses.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined U.S. Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) to introduce the Promising Pathways Act, a bill that would increase access to treatments for those with life-threatening illnesses.
Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led Natural Resources Committee Republicans in a letter to Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), asking that committee Democrats cease holding partisan “forums” or “roundtables” with no minority involvement. In part, the members wrote:
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) released the following statement after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue issued a memorandum to the United States Forest Service (USFS):
Some people say we’re products of our environment. I only hope that’s true for me. I’ve been blessed to spend my whole life here in the Natural State, hunting, fishing and enjoying the beauty of our wildlife. Since June is National Great Outdoors Month, I encourage you to use this time to explore new parks, lakes or hiking trails with friends and family.
Regulations and safety precautions surrounding COVID-19 had a dramatic impact on the U.S. economy. Millions of Americans lost their jobs, and Arkansan small businesses had to quickly adjust to reduced hours, curbside pickup or delivery services and a smaller workforce. Now, as states reopen, we are all watching to see what happens next.
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"There are the protected and the unprotected," Peggy Noonan wrote in a 2016 op-ed. "The protected make public policy. The unprotected live in it. The unprotected are starting to push back, powerfully. The protected are the accomplished, the secure, the successful--those who have power or access to it. ...
Republican members of the House Natural Resources Committee yesterday accused Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) of violating the chamber's rules prohibiting the broadcast of partisan events, pointing to virtual roundtables organized by panel Democrats in recent weeks.
Republican members of the House Committee on Natural Resources called on Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) to stop holding “partisan” virtual forums on the panel’s website, which they say violates the rules.
Take a moment to think back to your eighth-grade science class. Do you remember painstakingly coloring in the diagram of a plant cell? Words like “mitochondria” and “ribosome” may bring back vivid memories of trying to cram everything in the night before a test. But there’s one particular part of a cell upon which every ecosystem in the world depends: the chloroplast.
Pharmacies have always played a significant role in our health care system. Giving Americans access to the services pharmacies provide is especially important in rural regions. Yet now we're seeing independent pharmacies struggling because of decreasing reimbursement rates for prescription medications.
Back in 2017, when Republicans in Congress made a big push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they made some bold pledges:
WASHINGTON — Unless Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill cooperate, the nation’s health care system won’t get the fixes it needs, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., told an American Enterprise Institute audience Tuesday.
The lawmaker from Hot Springs has introduced legislation that he calls the Fair Care Act.
Over the last three decades, through both Democratic and Republican administrations, thousands of children have been warehoused in prisons with adults. We have usually ignored the cages these children are in because they were convicted of crimes in the adult criminal justice system.
If you talk with Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) for even a few minutes, it’s clear he cares about the trees and rivers of Arkansas.
Arkansas Rep. Bruce Westerman is the lone Republican supporting Democratic Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s prescription drug pricing bill introduced last week, with more than 15 Democratic cosponsors.
Principal Kay York of Ashdown High School is the 2018 Arkansas Principal of the Year. She has dedicated her life to the education of our next generation and has used innovation to expand opportunities for learning. I am grateful for the work Ms. York is doing for the students of Ashdown and all of the Fourth Congressional District.