Crawford Statement on No Budget, No Pay Vote
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1) issued the following statement after voting in support of the No Budget, No Pay legislation. The bill passed the House on a vote of 285-144.Today, Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1) issued the following statement after voting in support of the No Budget, No Pay legislation. The bill passed the House on a vote of 285-144.
“I have decided to support the three-month extension of the debt limit after leadership reviewed a draft proposal I have to make headway in passing permanent spending controls and indicated it is an initiative worth pursuing. I am by no means an unqualified yes going forward, and my vote will depend on the level of progress we are making toward implementing permanent spending controls.
“As I said last year, non-binding budgets and statutory ‘budget control’ acts have clearly failed to control government spending, which now exceeds 100 percent of GDP. Entitlement reform and non-binding budgets were used to balance the budget in the 1990s; however, after the putative end of the era of big government, Congress created new unfunded entitlement promises to the tune of $30 trillion. It has been a bipartisan spending problem that must be addressed if we are to preserve the American Dream for our children and grandchildren.”
Congressman Rick Crawford represents Arkansas’s First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Crawford serves on the Agriculture Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. On the Agriculture Committee, Crawford is Chairman of the Livestock, Rural Development and Credit Subcommittee. Congressman Crawford and his wife Stacy live in Jonesboro with their two children.