ARKANSAS (KSLA) — U.S. Rep. Congressman Bruce Westerman, of Arkansas, is among the few lawmakers who attended President Biden’s address to Congress on Wednesday, April 28.
The Republican congressman said the format of the speech lacked the intensity of other State of the Union addresses.
“I’m glad I was sitting there taking notes rather than in my recliner at home. I might not have made it through the whole thing; it was kind of a sleeper as for as the energy value of it.”
Westerman said he thinks there were some good and bad points in Biden’s speech.
“We can’t solve the carbon in the atmosphere by ourselves, I totally agree with that,” the lawmaker noted.
“I hope in the future his actions will match his words better, that he wouldn’t do things to attack the energy industry like shutting down the Keystone Pipeline.”
Westerman said he was not fully on board with Biden’s more than $2 trillion infrastructure plan, saying only 25% of the funds would actually go to what is considered infrastructure.
And now that the speech is over, the congressman said, it is time to work on some bipartisan things. “We’ve got to get to that point where bipartisan means you are talking to the other side and they are willing to negotiate and look at things in a realistic fashion.”