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Womack Statement on Vote for Speaker

Washington, DC—October 17, 2023…Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) released the following statement after voting for Congressman Steve Scalise (LA-1) for the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives:

Congressman Womack said, “My vote for Steve Scalise was a matter of principle. He defeated Mr. Jordan in our conference vote and then was promptly kneecapped before he could win over his opponents. It was the most egregious act against a sitting member of our conference I have witnessed in my thirteen years of service. Scalise took a bullet for us. He’s waging a courageous battle with cancer. He has an organization in place and has a strong fundraising profile. He is everything we need in a speaker, yet his effort was crippled by our own members. I will always stand for character and integrity. Our country needs these qualities now more than ever. I’ve had a lot of ‘advice’ over the last two days. I represent over 750,000 Arkansans, and my decisions are always based on what’s best for them and our country. But on this vote, the one I was most accountable to was the man I saw in the mirror.”

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.



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