I am pleased to inform you that starting this Veterans Day on Nov. 11, and lasting indefinitely, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has granted military veterans and Gold Star families free access to national parks and wildlife refuges, as well as lands and waters managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Ever since I was elected to Congress, I’ve served on the House Committee on Natural Resources. This committee oversees public land management, water resources, critical minerals and more. It also has jurisdiction over wildlife management, something that I am particularly interested in as an avid sportsman.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) hosted a virtual reception announcing the winners of the Congressional App Challenge. Westerman issued the following statement:
Our freedom isn’t free. It is fought for and earned by our veterans, and we owe each of them our thanks. This year on Veteran’s Day, I encourage you to take time and thank the veterans in your life for their service to America. I'm honored to have several family members who have served, including my grandfather, Andrew Westerman, who fought in World War II.
It’s no secret that spending time outdoors in Arkansas is an integral part of my life. Fishing in Lake Ouachita, rafting in the Ozarks, early morning duck hunting – these are memories that last forever. Much of this happens on Arkansas’ 2 million acres of public land, which is managed by the Department of the Interior (DOI).
WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) hosted Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Katherine MacGregor in the Fourth District of Arkansas.
If you’ve ever spent any time with me, you’ll know that I’m passionate about sound environmental policy. As a licensed forester and lifelong resident of the Natural State, I believe we have an unchosen obligation to steward our resources well and leave the world in better condition than we found it.
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order establishing the United States interagency council of the Trillion Trees Initiative. In Congress, 36 members have cosponsored U.S. Rep.
WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald Trump issued an executive order establishing the United States interagency council of the Trillion Trees Initiative. U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response:
Every year I take a few days to thank some of the many men and women who work in Arkansas agriculture. This year in particular highlighted how important agriculture is to the economy and our daily lives. Without farmers and ranchers continuing to run operations during COVID-19, we wouldn’t have had food on our shelves or meat in the freezer.
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Democrats and many media outlets are claiming that Republicans do not have a health care plan. This is unequivocally false. We have a solution, a bill with more than 500 pages of legislative text introduced in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Across the West, wildfires are raging. They have already tragically claimed at least 26 lives and displaced thousands more. As I write this, dozens of American cities are dealing with the world’s worst air quality, suffering through a thick haze of post-apocalyptic smoke.
Eight months into a global pandemic, we’ve learned a lot about the virus and how to respond, but a lot of questions remain unanswered. With schools and universities reopening and more employees going back into the office, effective testing for COVID-19 is more important than ever. In fact, we already have the technology for widespread, at-home testing. Why is it not more available?
Arkansas students are back to school, ready to tackle a new year. As part of a comprehensive education, I believe parents should have the right to choose the school that's best suited for their child, regardless of their ZIP code.
COVID-19 has exposed many Americans to important aspects of our supply chain that, during normal times, usually go unnoticed. Forest products are a perfect example. When the virus struck, grocery store shelves quickly ran out of toilet paper and paper towels, and everyone became aware of just how important a role forestry plays in our daily life.
No picture can capture what it feels like to watch a sunrise on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, gaze up at a redwood tree, camp in the Ouachita National Forest, or hear the waves crash against the rocky coastline of Acadia National Park. All of these and more are opportunities on American public lands.
"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.
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.