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Rick Crawford Representing Arkansas' First District
U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford Representing Arkansas' First District

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    Rep. Crawford responds to the approval of CVS and Aetna merger

    Washington, DC– The U.S. Department of Justice announcedon October 10ththe approval of the merger between CVS and Aetna with the condition that Aetna sell of its Medicare prescription drug plans. This merger has been under review by the DOJ for several months to ensure no violation of antitrust laws. Rep. Rick Crawford has long been an advocate for the blocking of this merger and wrote a letterto Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March requesting that the merger be thoroughly investigated. Upon ...

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    Arkansas Community Health Centers Awarded Nearly $3 Million to Combat Opioid Addiction

    Washington, DC –U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton along with U.S. Representatives Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman announced that Arkansas is the recipient of nearly $3 million for Community Health Centers to advance substance abuse and mental health treatment. The funds are awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services program. “Community Health Centers hav...

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    Farm Bill Conference Committee meetings begin

    Washington, DC – Today, the House and Senate Farm Bill conferees formally met for the first time to begin discussions on the 2018 Farm Bill. The conference committee will work to put together a final product that combines the House and Senate versions of the bill. The current Farm Bill programs are set to expire on September 30th. Upon the first meeting, Rep. Crawford released the following statement: “I am privileged to be a part of this important process which has a profound impact on the live...

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    Cotton, Boozman, and Crawford Applaud Iraqi Purchase of U.S. Rice

    Washington, DC — Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Congressman Rick Crawford (R-Arkansas) today applauded the news that Iraq will buy 30,000 metric tons of rice from the United States. “I told the Iraqi ambassador multiple times that his country would benefit from opening its market to Arkansas rice, and I’m pleased to see this deal finally come through. Arkansas rice is second to none, and I’m confident we’ll find many more customers in this promising new market,” said Cott...

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    Rep. Crawford responds to DOT’s Hours of Service flexibility

    Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Transportation announced an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that outlines a framework to provide our trucking industry with flexibility within Hours of Service (HOS) regulations to accommodate their unique situations while maintaining safety on our roads. Under consideration in the ANPRM is expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, providing compliance flexibility when a truck driver...

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    Crawford Responds to USDA’s $12 Billion Relief Package

    Washington, DC –Yesterday, The United States Agriculture Department (USDA) announced their plan to assist farmers as they work under unjustified retailing tariffs placed on them by China. This plan authorizes the use of up to $12 billion in programs to support farmers. Following Secretary Perdue’s announcement, Crawford released the following statement: “Our nation’s farmers perform a task vital to our national security and I appreciate the attention given to their concerns. Ultimately, what is ...

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    Crawford Launches 3rd Annual STEM & Manufacturing Tour

    Jonesboro, AR –Today, Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01) launched his 3rd annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Manufacturers Tour in the 1st District of Arkansas. The kickoff event was hosted today and the tour will go onto Friday July 27th. Educators from across the 1st District will tour 18 different factories and see first hand the type of skills and training needed to fill manufacturing jobs in the area. Crawford released the following statement: “STEM professions are ...

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    Crawford Selected as House Conferee for Farm Bill

    Washington, DC – Today, the Speaker announced that Congressman Crawford was appointed to serve on the Conference Committee for H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. Crawford will work with a group of other appointed members to resolve the differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill. Upon being selected as a conferee, Crawford released the following statement: “I look forward to continuing to work on a Farm Bill that provides certainty to our nation’s farmers and pr...

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    Crawford, Westerman, and Bishop Introduce Hours of Service Relief Legislation

    Washington, DC – Earlier today Reps. Crawford (AR-01), Westerman (AR-04), and Bishop (GA-02) introduced H.R. 6178, The Honest Operators Undertake Road Safety (HOURS) Act, This bill provides our trucking industry with flexibility to accommodate their unique situations while maintaining safety on our roads. The trucking industry, with all of its varying and unique sectors, quite literally, is the economic engine of our great country, delivering the clothes we wear, the food we eat, and the medicin...

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    Crawford Responds to House’s Passage of Farm Bill

    Washington, DC - Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. Following the Farm bill vote Crawford released the following statement: "Yesterday's passage of the Farm Bill in the House was a huge win for rural America. The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 gives our nation's farmers and producers more certainty so that they can continue to provide for us all. I'm proud of the work we've done in the Agriculture Committee and I hope the Senate a...

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