Thank you for registering for Rep. Bruce Westerman's telephone townhall on June 22, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. CT. Congressman Westerman will update listeners on what is happening in Washington, D.C and in the Fourth District and take questions from constituents on the phone and Facebook Live.
Those with a life-threatening illness or condition know that time is of the essence. This week, I reintroduced a bipartisan bill to cut red tape so patients with terminal conditions may quickly access lifesaving treatments with positive clinical data.
Washington - Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a mark-up of the INVEST in America Act. U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR) joined Representatives Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Mike Quigley (D-IL), and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) to introduce the Promising Pathway Act, a bill that would increase access to treatments for those with life-threatening illnesses.
In his 1967 Inaugural Address, then California Governor Ronald Reagan spoke about his vision for democracy. “Perhaps you and I have lived with this miracle too long to be properly appreciative. Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.
This year’s Memorial Day will be special for many Americans as our nation begins to return to normal, with many joining in-person gatherings with family and friends for the first time in over a year. As we celebrate the holiday weekend with cookouts, sunshine, and good food, let’s take a moment to count our many blessings because of the sacrifices of others.
For months we waited with bated breath as Operation Warp Speed spurred vaccine development and began distribution at a record pace. Now, with the vast majority of Congress members and staff fully vaccinated, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi still refuses to end the harmful practices of proxy voting and remote committee hearings and remains defiant on masks on the House floor.
When did it become a polarizing, political statement to say that one “backs the blue?” Tragedy has caused our culture to spiral into an intense anti-police mindset that has demoralized and dehumanized our good and honorable men and women in uniform.
If you have yet to hear the story of Sara Kruzan, this is your sign to look her up. Sara has a harrowing story with a bittersweet ending. She was groomed by her abuser to be trafficked at the tender age of 11. Forced to live a life of prostitution until she was 16-years-old, Sara killed her trafficker to escape her abuse. She was then sentenced as an adult to life in prison without parole.
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When COVID-19 kept millions of Americans home, many of us spent our free time checking off home improvement projects that had been on our lists for years. Updated shelves, a new garden shed, maybe even an addition to the kitchen – there was more time than ever to do it yourself. It wasn’t just homeowners, either, as many restaurants constructed covered outdoor dining areas.
The two main benchmarks of environmental health are clean air and clean water. Healthy forests are critical for both. Unfortunately, years of catastrophic wildfires across the western United States have decimated many of our forests, turning critical wildlife habitats into ash and making it more difficult for trees to regenerate naturally.
A few years ago, I was approached by a young lady named Sara Kruzan who wanted to share her experience as a child sex trafficking victim who was sentenced to life in prison. Her story triggered a three-year-long, bipartisan push for juvenile sentencing reform that has the potential to save lives and show compassion for young people who have experienced unimaginable cruelty.
Anyone who lives in the Natural State knows that Arkansas is one of the nation’s greatest forest regions, and one of the country’s leading producers of timber, harvesting more than 24 million tons per year, worth an estimated $445 million to landowners.
We don’t often think about modernizing the way that we plant trees. For generations, the process has remained the same: A seed falls to the ground, germinates, grows, sprouts branches and leaves, pulls carbon from the atmosphere, and releases oxygen.
We are facing a crisis at our southern border. In fact, we’ve been facing a crisis there for years. We should be using every available resource to improve our immigration process, but in the meantime, we absolutely must equip our agencies with enforcement tools. If we don’t, our environment will suffer as a result.
America is at a crossroads. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults now say that protecting the environment should be a top priority for the president and Congress, marking the first time in recent history in which environmental protection rivals the economy among the public’s top policy priorities.
Last week, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Equality Act which redefines the word “sex” to include transgender individuals and subsequently deprives others from their First Amendment rights. During the debate of this bill, my Democrat colleague Congressman Jerry Nadler from New York declared that there was no place for God and religion in the discussion of the Equality Act.
America was founded on the ideal that all people are created equal and that we are all endowed by our creator with the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While our nation hasn't always lived up to this collective creed, we continually strive to make America a more just and equitable nation.
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.