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

Rising Water Submerges First District
July 11, 2014
Arkansas’ First District agricultural producers are no stranger to pumping water in June and July. It’s a common sight this time of year as rainfall typically migrates from statewide-covering lines to occasional — sometimes scarce — isolated thunderstorms. This year, our growers have resumed their furious water pumping in an effort to save their crops and livelihoods. But unlike a drought year, farmers need water off their fields rather than on them. Beginning June 29, wave after wave of saturat... More

Tourism Has Strong Pulse in First District
July 3, 2014
When discussing the term industry within Arkansas’ First Congressional District, it can bring all sorts of images to mind. Some people may think of the rapidly-expanding steel mills in the northeast corner. Others may point to the myriad of job-creating manufacturing plants peppered across the district. Perhaps even more think of agriculture and its far-reaching impacts from just south of the Missouri border to just north of Louisiana. Meanwhile, it’s easy to forget about an industry that added ... More
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