News from Congressman Westerman

Congressman Bruce Westerman's eNewsletter
Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Omnibus – above all else – increases deficit spending. As an individual committed to fiscal responsibility, I could not vote for this bill that would increase deficit spending by billions of dollars. This bill did not follow regular order in the House, allowing items into the bill without open debate or committee review. If regular order had been followed in the House, we could have debated issues such as further funding of Planned Parenthood, money for settlement of Syrian refugees to the United States, and many other fiscal and policy issues that are important to Americans.

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Boozman, Cotton decry passage of $1.14 trillion spending bill
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: EPA’s water-rule push illegal, ‘propaganda,’ U.S. probe says
Arkansas News Bureau: Arkansas Delegation Splits On Spending Bill
Associated Press: Arkansas delegation divided on federal budget bill
E&E Publishing: Wildfire-logging deal throttled by Senate ENR leaders
GateHouse Washington Bureau: Washington Digest: Congress Completes NCLB Overhaul
National Society of Professional Engineers: Interior Secretary Indicates Support for Strengthening Engineering Standards
Talk Business & Politics: Congress approves Omnibus spending bill, only two Arkansas lawmakers vote for it

I always enjoy visiting with Arkansans visiting Washington. This week, I welcomed Travis Nation and Hannah Reis of Hot Springs. If you are going to be in Washington and would like a tour, call my office at (202) 225-3772 or visit

My office said goodbye to interns Krystle Cartagena and John Polizos on Friday (Dec. 18). Krystle and John did outstanding work this semester and I wish them the best in their future endeavors.

Dec. 16: Brig. Gen. Jack Lloyd Honored by Congressman Bruce Westerman (YouTube)
Dec. 17: Westerman Votes for Tax Cuts
Dec. 18: Westerman Votes Against “Convoluted” Omnibus

I wish you and your family a merry Christmas and a happy New Year! In observance of Christmas and New Years, my Fourth District offices in Arkansas and Washington, D.C., will be closed Dec. 24, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016. All offices will re-open at 8 a.m. Central Time on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. 

Dec. 15: Congressman Bruce Westerman Talks Clean Line on Newsradio 102.9 KARN (YouTube)

It is an honor to be your congressman. Thank you for allowing me to serve the citizens of the Fourth District. 


Bruce Westerman
Member of Congress

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