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Congress wrapped up July by passing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). I’ve worked on this bill for more than a year with my colleagues in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and I’m pleased to see so many provisions for Arkansas make it into the bill.

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced today that Arkansas will resume high school sports including football, cheerleading and volleyball. I am pleased to hear this, and encourage coaches and players to be as safe as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while we give our students the opportunity to play the sports they are passionate about. You can read more about it here.

We have several navigable waterways in our district, and after last year’s historic flooding, we need improved water infrastructure more than ever. The bill now heads to the Senate and I hope to see it signed into law quickly.

We also voted on some partisan appropriations bills that have zero chance of moving past the House. We are supposed to have all of this passed and signed into law by September, but unfortunately our budget process is completely broken and partisan.

I’ve always advocated for a return to regular order, where we work on bipartisan, effective budget solutions and pass them in time instead of waiting until the eleventh hour and cobbling together some rushed spending bills.

If you’ve been following the negotiations on Phase 4 of COVID-19 relief funding, you’ve seen that these negotiations continue to be at a stalemate. Personally, I am hoping to see a decrease in the $600 unemployment allotment, as I’ve been hearing from employers in Arkansas that they cannot get people back to work because they’re making more money home on unemployment.

If we want to kickstart the economy, we must get America back to work. All of Congress is now on standby waiting to vote on potential Phase 4 legislation, and I will keep you informed as the situation develops.

Until next week,
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Bruce Westerman
Arkansas’ Fourth District

Westerman Weekly


As your congressman, one of the most important parts of my job is to assist you when dealing with a federal agency. Many individuals find themselves frustrated by the bureaucracy and red tape when working with the federal government, particularly the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

These frustrations have only increased with backlogs caused by tax season, as well as office, staff and policy changes at the IRS due to the coronavirus and related relief legislation.

To better serve you, I have staff designated to answering questions and helping you with the following IRS-related issues:

  • Injured Spouse Claims
  • Held or stopped refunds
  • Installment agreements
  • Obtaining a tax transcript
  • Liens and Levies
  • Examinations and Audit Reconsiderations
  • A received notice by mail
  • Tax-related identity theft

If you need assistance with the IRS, feel free to contact my Pine Bluff office at (870) 536-8178, or email my Director of Casework Services, Tracy Cross, at Please visit my website for a complete list of areas and agencies with which we can help.

Exceptional constituent service is my highest priority, and I am best able to represent you when I hear your thoughts directly.

If you need assistance with any federal agencies, feel free to contact my Hot Springs office at (501) 609-9796 or Pine Bluff office at (870) 536-8178. It is an honor to represent you and the Fourth District of Arkansas, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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