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  • Crawford Receives Benjamin Franklin Award for Support of Death Tax Repeal
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Debt and Spending

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR), issued the following statement after The 60 Plus Association, a national senior citizen’s organization, awarded the Congressman the Benjamin Franklin Award for his support of estate tax repeal: “This tax threatens farmers and small businesses; it is a job killer and must be repealed. Hard-working families who choose to pass their businesses down to posterity shouldn’t be prevented from doing so. The death tax causes capital-rich family farms a... Read more

  • Budget Needs Permanent Spending Controls
    Posted in Weekly Column on March 22, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Agriculture, Transportation, Health Care, National Debt and Spending

    During my two years in the United States Congress I have said time and time again that our nation’s debt crisis is the greatest challenge we face. As the father of two young children, it is important to me that leaders in Washington try to preserve the American dream for future generations. Ending deficit spending, paying down our $17 trillion national debt and strengthening our weak economy should be top priorities. Read more

  • Politicizing the Sequester
    Posted in Weekly Column on March 8, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, National Debt and Spending

    In my column last week, I expressed concerns over national political leaders’ unwillingness to come together and avoid $85 billion in arbitrary spending cuts known as the sequester. Like you, I grow more frustrated with each passing day at Washington’s inability to work together for the common good. This week, it became clear the Obama Administration is doing all they can to heighten the strain of the sequester. Read more

  • Sequester Should Have Been Avoided
    Posted in Weekly Column on March 1, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, National Debt and Spending

    This week President Obama and leaders in the House and the Senate failed to strike a compromise that would avert automatic spending cuts known as the sequester. Like many of you, I grow more frustrated with each passing day at Washington’s inability to work together for the common good. If our national leaders would start working with one another instead of holding press conferences attacking the other side’s point of view, we might just get some meaningful work done. Read more

  • Common Sense Is Not So Common
    Posted in Weekly Column on February 15, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Agriculture, National Debt and Spending

    This week Americans heard two very different visions for our country with President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address and the GOP response from Florida Senator Marco Rubio. President Obama believes more government is the solution to every problem facing our country. When I talk to folks back home in Arkansas, they tell me big government is the problem. My constituents are burdened with excessive regulations and they are concerned about our country’s massive national debt. Read more

  • Crawford Responds to Obama’s State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on February 12, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, National Debt and Spending

    Today, Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1) issued the following statement after listening to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address: “Tonight we heard President Obama’s vision for America. The President believes more government is the solution to every problem facing our country. When I talk to folks back home in Arkansas, they tell me big government is the problem. My constituents are burdened with excessive regulations and they are concerned about our country’s massive national debt. President Obama did little tonight to ease the challenges we have in Arkansas. Read more

  • The Second Amendment
    Posted in Weekly Column on January 11, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, National Debt and Spending

    In the days and weeks following the horrific violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut politicians and activists groups have called for new gun laws and restrictions for gun owners. It is unfortunate that some would try to exploit this tragedy. Read more

  • Debt Not Addressed in Senate’s Fiscal Cliff Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, National Debt and Spending

    On the first day of 2013, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Senate’s so-called deal to avert the ‘fiscal cliff’. The Congressional Budget Office has predicted the Senate’s deal will add nearly $4 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years. Ultimately I could not vote to support the Senate fiscal cliff plan because it did not do anything to address our nation’s spending problem. Permanent spending controls are needed to ensure this Congress, and all future Congresses, do not spend our children and grandchildren into oblivion. Read more

  • Crawford Statement On Fiscal Cliff Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on January 1, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Agriculture, National Debt and Spending

    Today, Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) issued the following statement after voting against a so-called deal to avert the fiscal cliff by imposing job-killing taxes and failing to address America’s spending and debt problems: “Many hours of negotiations went into crafting a deal to avert the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’. I want to thank Speaker Boehner for his efforts to make the best out of a very bad situation. However, I cannot support the end result of the negotiations. The Congressional Budget Office has predicted this deal will add nearly $4 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years. The only way we can truly avoid going over any fiscal cliff is by making fundamental and permanent reforms to end Washington’s spending addiction. Permanent spending controls are needed to ensure this Congress, and all future Congresses, do not spend our children and grandchildren into oblivion. Read more

  • Goals for 2013
    Posted in Weekly Column on December 28, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Agriculture, National Debt and Spending

    As 2012 comes to a close, now is time to look toward 2013 and the challenges ahead. Some people make resolutions at the start of the New Year, some set goals. For my part, I see 5 key goals for the upcoming year: 1. 2013 could be the year for bipartisan agreements in Congress. Call me naïve but I still believe that Democrats and Republicans can work together for the greater good. Our democracy was built on compromise, and compromise is good government. Overly partisan politicians with an “all or nothing” attitude most often get nothing. Let’s hope that 2013 can be the year to stop drawing lines in the sand and members of both political parties can work together. Read more