By Ray King

Fourth District Congressman Bruce Westerman on Friday told Deltaplex News that he was preparing to vote on what he described as “the most important vote he has taken since he has been in congress.”

Westerman spoke by phone from Washington.

Westerman was asked if the proposed legislation had anything to do with a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to interfere with a new Texas law banning abortions after six weeks, what critics have called the most restrictive law in the country.

The vote on that legislation was expected to take place later Friday.

On another subject, Westerman was asked about the National Defense Authorization Act which passed the House of Representatives Thursday and will now go to the Senate. He said there are things in the bill he didn’t like and was not sure he could support it in its present form. He went on to explain that when the Senate adopts their version of the bill, it will come back to the house where a conference committee will try to reconcile the two versions into one piece of legislation.

Westerman also said there is not as much compromise now between the two political parties.