Congressman Bruce Westerman's Weekly Column

After a month of August Recess, Democrats still refuse to bring bills to the floor that address the real issues that impact Arkansans. Folks are rightly concerned about our border crisis, our energy crisis, our fentanyl crisis, or our inflation crisis, but instead of acting on any one of these issues, Democrats brought forward 18 bills that deal exclusively with the federal bureaucracy.


Although these bills were important to daily governance, and several were bipartisan, I am frustrated that we are blocked by the Democrat majority from debating and voting on solutions for the kitchen table issues that are seriously harming Arkansans every day.


A new Census poll found that 26% of Americans were forced to choose between basic expenses like food and medicine in order to pay their energy bills in the past 12 months. One in six people reported the inability to pay the full amount of their energy bills at least once in the past year. This is simply unacceptable, especially when the solution is simple: tap into our country's vast natural resources to easily meet our energy needs.


Many of these issues have solutions that I truly believe can be worked through in a bipartisan fashion if my friends across the aisle were willing to come to the negotiating table in good faith. Sadly, politics is taking precedence over good policy.  


I call on the Democrat majority to bring the real issues to the floor for debate so that we may properly serve the American people and ensure a prosperous future for all Americans for generations to come.


9-16-22 3:40 PM KAWX.ORG