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Crawford: No Consideration Given of Economic Impact to Hatchery Closures Unacceptable
July 25, 2014
Yesterday, Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-1) questioned U.S. Fish & Wildlife officials whether they considered economic impacts, such as the number of jobs and total local economic activity, when drafting their strategic hatchery and workforce planning report for the national fish hatchery system. The official told Crawford they did not. “It has been one of my top priorities since being elected to office to find a permanent funding solution for our mitigation hatcheries in the First District,” said Craw... More
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Crawford: Testimony Points to Economic Burdens on Municipalities from EPA Permitting
July 25, 2014
U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-1) asked witnesses Thursday who testified before a Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee whether they have experienced hardships on their permitting process with the EPA when it comes to endangered species. Witnesses affirmed that they had experienced hardships and in some cases, the financial expense was significant: “Today, two witnesses from areas outside of Arkansas confirmed that the EPA permitting proc... More

Short-Term Highway Bill Opens Door to Better, Long-Term Legislation
July 18, 2014
With August looming just days away, traffic on First District highways and interstates often hits a fever pitch. First, there’s the last minute family vacation. A new school year starts in less than a month, and dads and moms often pack up the kids for one last adventure or visit before summer’s relaxed routine wraps up. Right after that last-minute trip, backpack-toting children wait for yellow buses to carry them to the same buildings where some of us learned to read and write. It’s the start ... More
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Crawford Cites 'Significant Ambiguity' in Proposed 'Waters of the U.S.' Rule
July 16, 2014
Following a House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee mark-up Wednesday over the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the United States rule, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-1) expressed his concerns with EPA’s attempts to broaden the scope of the Clean Water Act. “This issue is yet another example of the Executive Branch overstepping its authority and necessitates further discussion,” Crawford said. “There is significant ambiguity about how this proposed rule is worded... More
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Crawford: Highway Bill Boosts Long Term Certainty
July 15, 2014
Following Tuesday’s 367 to 55 House passage of H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-1) said the legislation allows Congress to work on an improved, long-term bill. Crawford said Congress had an immediate need to address the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, which was due to run out August 1. The new act extends federal surface transportation programs and ensures the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund through May 2015. “My House colleagues o... More
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