Bruce's Take


This week, Congressional Democrats used a special procedural tool called “reconciliation” to pass a $745 billion bill through both chambers of Congress on a party line vote. The misleadingly named “Inflation Reduction Act,” (IRA) will raise taxes on every income bracket, hire 87,000 additional IRS agents to enforce those taxes, cut jobs, reduce medical innovation opportunities, and certainly worsen inflation. Moreover, this bill will result in approximately $130 billion in new debt that will be carried by our children and grandchildren.

Democrats claim that the IRA will reduce the deficit by raising taxes, which will lower inflation. In reality, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, this bill will have almost no effect on inflation this year and will only reduce inflation by 0.01% in 2023. The American people cannot wait years with lighter wallets for inflation to begin to go down by a measly and imperceptible amount.

President Joe Biden swore numerous times that taxes would not be raised on those earning less than $400,000 per year. The IRA breaks that promise. In fact, Americans making less than $400,000 will bear as much as two-thirds of the IRA’s additional tax burden by 2031. Raising taxes on businesses and individuals will result in fewer jobs and less economic activity. Is this what Democrats mean when they say we should all pay “our fair share?”

One of the major provisions touted by Democrats is government implemented price controls on prescription drugs. While I agree that health care costs must be reduced, artificially capping the price of drugs will raise the price of new drugs, raise insurance premiums, and discourage the innovation of new cures and therapies. That is why my legislation the “Fair Care Act,” enacts meaningful, wholistic reform to the health care system by expanding insurance options and putting more money directly into the consumer’s pockets. This will bring down costs across the board, including those of prescription drugs without sacrificing innovative cures for diseases that plague Americans.

I am dismayed that Democrats continue to repackage the same poor policies that caused sky-high inflation, stick a buzzword in the name, and expect a gold star while the economy inevitably continues to suffer. When a party cannot admit the fact that we are in a recession, it cannot be trusted to bring us out of one. I wholeheartedly voted no on the misleadingly named “Inflation Reduction Act.” I will never support legislation that will spend us, our children, and our children’s children into the ground. 


Until next week,

Bruce Westerman
Arkansas' Fourth District


Around the District

I had a wonderful week traveling the Fourth District meeting with businesses, advocacy groups, local officials, and constituents. 

I stopped by McCrory-Tygart Drug in Sheridan to discuss inflation and challenges facing folks in Sheridan.


I also met with AR Department of Transportation to discuss the completion of I-49 and other ongoing projects in #AR04.

I met with South Central Arkansas Electric Co-op in Arkadelphia to talk about broadband, expanding their services in rural Arkansas, and how the Co-op is adjusting to fluctuating demand.

I also toured Juanita’s Candy Kitchen and discussed supply chain and distribution concerns.

I stopped by Ouachita Electric Co-op in Camden to talk about broadband.


I met with the Ouachita County Medical Center and discussed nursing shortages and the need for quality health care in rural areas.



I met with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, where they shared the exciting new developments in fighting the condition in children. I also met with the Arkansas Nursing Association to chat about staffing shortages and nursing education.


I spoke to the Association of Arkansas Counties and thanked them for their hard work representing the people of AR.

I toured Resolute Forest Products’ mill in Glenwood and discussed the ongoing labor shortages many businesses are facing.


I spoke to the Magnolia Rotary Club and talk about the importance of agriculture and forestry to Arkansas’ economy. 


Finally, I toured the Lake Columbia Dam to discuss the rehabilitation of the dam and protection of the lake.


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