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Congressman Bruce Westerman's eNewsletter
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Manufacturing Day
Friday was Manufacturing Day. In the Fourth District and across America, manufacturing plays an important role in our economy and the way of life in our communities, big and small. I applaud the men and women working in manufacturing across Arkansas. I will continue supporting legislation that keeps our manufacturing here at home. The industry provides what we need most, good paying jobs that support families and grow our economy.

Resilient Federal Forests Act treats symptom and disease
by U.S. Reps. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.)
The Hill | October 1, 2015

As you read this, catastrophic wildfires continue to burn the western United States with no end in sight. More than 8.8 million acres of federal land have burned this summer. The U.S. Forest Service is transferring another $250 million from forest management accounts to battle these fires – a practice known as fire borrowing. This brings the total amount of additional appropriations  for wildfires to $700 million for the year – the highest amount since 2002. 

Yesterday, Congress passed legislation reimbursing the Forest Service for this amount. Unfortunately, more funding alone will not fix our wildfire crisis.

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The Arizona Republic: Spending bill's $700 million for wildfires reignites debate
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Washington News in Brief
Arkansas News Bureau: Arkansas lawmakers pledge to hold EPA accountable for Colorado spill
Arkansas News Bureau: 5 Arkansas schools win national honor
Gatehouse Media Washington Bureau: Washington Digest: Congress dodges government shutdown
The Hill: Resilient Federal Forests Act treats symptom and disease
Hot Springs Daily: EPA Caused Mining Disaster Followed By Its Stonewalling Of Rep. Westerman
KUAR 89.1 FM: Arkansas Congressional Members Vote Against Measure Averting Government Shutdown
The Sentinel-Record: Westerman: Common balance needed
Sierra Sun Times: Congressman Tom McClintock Comments on Forest Health at Oversight Hearing on Federal Forest Management (Video)
Talk Business & Politics: Congress busy with a Papal visit, Speaker resignation, and EPA pushback
Times Record: Congressmen: Wildfire Funding Should Also Treat ‘Symptom’
Visalia Times-Delta: Spending bill’s $700 million for fighting wildfires stirs debate

It was a real treat addressing the American Council of Engineering Companies this week in Washington. Engineers solve problems. While I no longer work in an engineering firm, I told ACEC members how I am applying the same problem-solving skills in Congress.

September 28: Westerman Applauds Passage of Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act
September 29: Federal Forest Management Hearing
September 29: The Process of Choosing a New Speaker
September 30: Westerman Votes No on Continuing Resolution
October 1: Westerman Votes for Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act

Larry Brown, father of Adam Brown, speaking at the Arkansas Honor Ride today in Hot Springs. Adam Brown was a Hot Springs native and Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan.

Thank you to LeadAR for hosting its Arkansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program's meeting UA Monticello's School of Forestry. I appreciated being given the opportunity to address our state's rising leaders, discussing federal forestry policy, my work in Congress, and answering questions from participants.

September 29: Westerman Congratulates Park Magnet School on Blue Ribbon Award
October 2: Bruce Westerman Celebrates Manufacturing Day 2015

Thank you for allowing me to serve the citizens of the Fourth District. 

Sincerely,

Bruce Westerman
Member of Congress

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