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Westerman Comments on Obama's Succumbing to 529 Pressure

January 28, 2015
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) issued the following statement on President Barack Obama's decision to back down from a previously announced plan to tax 529 college savings plans that benefits hardworking Arkansas families saving for their children's education:

"Finally, the president has listened to the American people and Members of Congress, who made clear to the president that his plan was an unfair punishment for doing the right thing – working hard and saving for their child's future. The president could stand to learn from his predecessor, President Clinton, who implemented policies of a Republican-led Congress, which went a long way to improve America and his own legacy. I hope this is the beginning of a change in the president's thinking, moving to do the right thing for Fourth District residents and hardworking Americans. But I'm hesitant to expect any change I can believe in, not after six years of the president's reckless policies and complete disregard for the wellbeing of Fourth District residents."

Following the State of the Union address on January 20, Westerman took the president to task for his proposed tax increases on 529 college savings accounts. His comments may be found by clicking here.

About Rep. Bruce Westerman

A lifelong resident of Garland County, Congressman Bruce Westerman was elected the 20th representative of Arkansas's Fourth Congressional District in 2014. In the 114th Congress, he will serve on the Committee on Natural Resources, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Elected twice to serve in the Arkansas General Assembly, Westerman was Arkansas's first Republican House Majority Leader since Reconstruction, and an architect of the House Republican SIMPLE Plan which led to the 2013 Republican takeover of the Arkansas House of Representatives.

An engineer and forester for 22 years at Mid-South Engineering in Hot Springs, Westerman is a registered professional engineer and forester. He holds a Master of Forestry degree (2001) from Yale University. In 2013, he was named Engineer of the Year by the Arkansas Society of Professional of Engineers.

Westerman graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1990. While at Arkansas, Westerman was a four-year walk-on member of the Razorback Football Team. He received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2005 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.

Westerman is a former board member of the Fountain Lake School District and is a deacon at Walnut Valley Baptist Church. He lives in Hot Springs with his wife Sharon and their four children.

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