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  • Private Disaster Relief for Farmers
    Posted in Press Releases on September 27, 2016 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1) introduced H.R. 6167, the Farm Risk Abatement and Mitigation Election (FRAME) Act, to give farmers the option of taking disaster preparedness into their own hands. The FRAME Act would establish tax-deferred farm savings accounts that farmers could then withdraw from during difficult times without waiting on disaster declarations and government assistance. In a conversation with the chairman of the Arkansas Bankers Association, Sean Willia... Read more

  • Aggressive Enforcement of Trade Agreements Critical
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2016 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Obama administration challenged China on its support for its own rice, corn, and wheat producers. The administration based its challenge on the fact that Beijing is subsidizing these industries in excess of levels agreed to in trade agreements. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Chinese government spent almost $100 billion more than allowed under WTO “market price support” on ag products during 2015. The case being brought against China relates to long-gr... Read more

  • House Members Denounce Senate Catfish Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on May 26, 2016 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. - Earlier this week, the Senate voted in favor of S.J.Res. 28, a Congressional Review Act resolution that would remove a catfish inspection program from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) jurisdiction back to the purview of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Today, Representative Rick Crawford joined Representatives Terri Sewell, Bruce Westerman, Frank Lucas, French Hill, Ralph Abraham, Steve Womack, Trent Kelly, Gregg Harper, Charles Boustany, Martha Roby... Read more

  • Crawford Congratulates Naval Academy Appointee
    Posted in Press Releases on March 29, 2016 | Preview rr

    Jonesboro, AR – U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (AR-1) today announced the appointment of a 1st District student to the U.S. Naval Academy. Sean Jernigan of Paragould received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy after his nomination by Congressman Crawford. Sean currently attends Crowley’s Ridge Academy, where he has earned a 4.00 grade point average. Sean is an active member of several sports teams, including Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, and Track and Field. He is also a Civil Air Patr... Read more

  • Crawford Condemns DOE Clean Line Approval
    Posted in Press Releases on March 25, 2016 | Preview rr

    Senator John Boozman, Senator Tom Cotton, Congressman Rick Crawford, Congressman French Hill, Congressman Steve Womack, and Congressman Bruce Westerman today issued the following statement in response to an announcement made by the Department of Energy (DOE) to use Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (P.L. 109–58) to partner with Clean Line Energy in an energy transmission project across Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. “Today marks a new page in an era of unprecedented executive ove... Read more

  • Crawford to Dedicate I-555
    Posted in Press Releases on March 10, 2016 | Preview rr

    What: Interstate 555 Dedication Where: 505 East Washington, St. Bernards Auditorium, Jonesboro, AR When: Friday, March 11, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Background: The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has worked in the past with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to designate U.S. 63 as I-555. For U.S. 63 to be designated as an interstate, agricultural vehicles like cotton modules, dump trucks, and logging trucks would not be allowed to use certain bridges that they have used fo... Read more

  • President's Budget Won't Move us Forward
    Posted in Press Releases on February 9, 2016 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. - Today, President Obama issued his last budget request to Congress. Upon receiving the President’s proposal for FY17, Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1) released the following statement. “This President’s final budget, full of the same old tax-and-spend policy proposals, employs methods from the past in an attempt to answer tomorrow’s problems. This administration simply won’t acknowledge the fact that Americans are tired of tax-and-spend policies and a rising national debt, whic... Read more

  • Boozman, Crawford Lead Efforts Calling for U.S. Rice for Humanitarian Assistance
    Posted in Press Releases on February 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator John Boozman and Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1) led a bipartisan, bicameral effort urging the U.S. government to use American-grown rice for food aid shipments. In a letter sent Friday to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Gayle Smith, the lawmakers called on prioritizing American-grown rice for the Food for Peace program. “With a strong crop of rice this past year resu... Read more

  • Arkansas Members Urge Cottonseed Eligibility
    Posted in Press Releases on February 4, 2016 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – After reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to deny urgently needed assistance to American cotton farmers and rural communities that depend on our domestic cotton industry, Representative Rick Crawford (AR-1), the Subcommittee Chairman for General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, along with Rep. French Hill (AR-2), Rep. Steve Womack (AR-3), and Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-4) issued the following statement. "On December 15th of last year, a rare coaliti... Read more

  • Delegation Seeks Federal Disaster Assistance
    Posted in Press Releases on February 3, 2016 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), French Hill (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Bruce Westerman (AR-4), today urged President Barack Obama to support Governor Asa Hutchinson’s request for a major disaster declaration for Arkansas. From December 23, 2015, through January 23, 2016, Arkansas experienced a pattern of destructive storms, severe flooding and tornadoes, resulting in three fatalities and severe damage to hundreds of... Read more