Westerman Votes For Keystone

January 9, 2015
Press Release


WASHINGTON -- Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 3 Friday, which would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico:

"It is time to build this pipeline, put our nation on the path to energy independence, and create thousands of good-paying jobs in the process. In Arkansas, our very own Welspun Tubular has already produced 350 miles of pipe for the project, pipe that is stacked up like cord-wood, collecting rust while the president drags his feet and refuses to put Americans to work.

"The Keystone pipeline is a first step in moving the United States in the right direction on energy, and its construction permit should have been issued years ago. I hope the president backs down from his veto threat, and stands with his own Secretary of State, John Kerry, who approved the final environmental impact statement one year ago."

Friday's passage of H.R. 3 came just hours after the Nebraska Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging the route of the pipeline.

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 in. 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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