A call for bipartisanship and continued economic strength were highlighted in comments issued Wednesday by congressman representing west central Arkansas in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

 U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, and U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, represent the 3rd District and 4th District, respectively.

Womack said Trump’s speech outlined an “inspiring vision of American greatness” that urges people to work together to face challenges.

“By concentrating on what unites us, we can rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, fix our broken immigration system, secure our border, stand up for U.S. workers, deliver cost-savings for patients, bolster our national security and build a stronger country,” Womack wrote. “American exceptionalism has always stemmed from a pursuit of bold ideas, and these proposals reflect just that.”

Womack went on to say that Trump’s speech reminded us of the strides that have been made: “A booming economy, historically low unemployment, stronger military, renewed leadership abroad, and resurgence of opportunity has shown the progress President Trump wants to build on.”

 Womack has represented Arkansas’ 3rd Congressional District since 2011 and now serves as the ranking member of the House Committee on the Budget and is a member of the House Appropriations defense and transportation, housing and urban development subcommittees.

Commenting on Trump’s speech, Westerman also remarked on the economy, border protection and a hope for bipartisanship.

“President Trump’s address reminded us of the challenges America has overcome in the past, and the new solutions and extraordinary promise that await us in the future,” Westerman wrote. “Under the Trump Administration our nation has seen a thriving economy, thousands of jobs created, strong efforts for immigration reform and effective mechanisms to lower drug costs.”

Westerman also noted Trump “set a clear agenda for the upcoming year,” that he “looks forward to choosing greatness in 2019, and am hopeful that Congress can pursue bipartisan efforts to achieve these goals.”