House del­e­ga­tion weighs in on is­sues

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

The en­tire Arkansas House del­e­ga­tion par­tic­i­pated in a tele­vi­sion town­hall-style meet­ing last week, field­ing ques­tions from Drew Pet­ri­moulx, the for­mer host of Capi­tol View.

Since April, Pet­ri­moulx has been a Wash­ing­ton cor­re­spon­dent for Nexs­tar Me­dia Group, an Irv­ing, Texas-based cor­po­ra­tion that op­er­ates 170 sta­tions na­tion­wide.

On Wed­nes­day, Pet­ri­moulx asked the four Repub­li­can law­mak­ers about a num­ber of top­ics, in­clud­ing health care, tax cuts and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s use of so­cial me­dia.

All four said they be­lieve Trump’s tweets are hurt­ing his pres­i­dency.

“We need to be on of­fense with re­gard to our ac­tiv­ity in the House, the things that we’re do­ing, the leg­is­la­tion that we’re try­ing to put for­ward,” U.S. Rep. Rick Craw­ford of Jones­boro said. “When we have to de­fend cer­tain state­ments, that takes away from our abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate what it is we’re do­ing on a day-to-day ba­sis.”

U.S. Rep. Bruce Wester­man of Hot Springs said he doesn’t fix­ate on Trump’s tweets.

“I try not to spend a lot of time de­fend­ing the pres­i­dent’s tweets,” he said. “I try to stay fo­cused on the job that I’m do­ing, fo­cused on the work of the House.” Plan­ning to visit the na­tion’s cap­i­tal? Know some­thing hap­pen­ing in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.? Please con­tact Frank Lock­wood at (202) 662-7690 or flock­wood@arkansason­line.com. Want the lat­est from the Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette’s

Wash­ing­ton bu­reau? It’s avail­able on Twit­ter, @Lock­woodFrank.

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