We have to dispel the myth that WOTUS was about clean water. We all want clean water, and characterizing opposition to WOTUS as being against clean water is an incredible oversimplification. The fact is, WOTUS was vague, poorly written, and an unprecedented expansion of federal regulation that didn’t take into consideration the livelihoods of many folks living in rural America. Despite enormous push back from farmers and ranchers, the former administration finalized WOTUS, and they did so in part through an illegal lobbying effort that manufactured fraudulent support for the rule. WOTUS would have subjected producers and landowners to jurisdictional challenges and unprecedented levels of compliance costs. It’s a relief to all of us that the new administration is listening to affected stakeholders and will be scrapping the rule.


Arkansas fish farmers should not live in fear of criminal charges or six-figure fines if they accidentally transport an unlisted species after they have taken all the necessary precautions. Unless the producer has knowingly included an injurious or endangered species in his shipment, he shouldn’t be subject to such heavy-handed penalties that make the aquaculture business, which is a significant part of rural Arkansas’ economy, even more risky. The Aquaculture Risk Reduction Act makes a technical change to the Lacey Act that reduces the threat of federal criminal prosecution for minor violations while still preserving the original intent of the law.


This week's On the Radar is an update for my constituents who want an advance look at what legislative business the House is considering this week. Included this week is H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which would prevent states and localities that refuse to follow federal law and cooperate with federal immigration authorities from receiving certain Department of Justice or Department of Homeland Security grants. See what else is coming up below:

Crawford introduces Aquaculture Protection Act

WASHINGTON D.C. - Representative Rick Crawford (AR-01), along with Representatives Bruce Westerman (AR-04), Ralph Abraham (LA-05), and Robert Aderholt (AL-04), have introduced H.R. 3041, the Aquaculture Risk Reduction Act, to protect fish farmers from unreasonable fines and criminal prosecution afte...

Crawford Opposes Cuba Policy Shift

Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, President Donald Trump announced from Miami his plans to re-institute restrictions on travel to Cuba and U.S. business transactions. Following the announcement, Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) released the following statement: “I strongly oppose President Trump’s d...




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Yea Jun 28, 2017 RC# 338 H.R. 1500 Robert Emmet Park Act of 2017
Aye Jun 28, 2017 RC# 337 H.R. 1215 Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017
No Jun 28, 2017 RC# 336 H.R. 1215 Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017
Yea Jun 28, 2017 RC# 333 Journal
Aye Jun 28, 2017 RC# 332 H.Res. 414 Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3003) to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to ...
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