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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 farmers, politicians welcome new trade deal

    Arkansas farmers, politicians welcome new trade deal Written by: Frank Lockwood Published by: NW Arkansas Democrat Gazette WASHINGTON -- Arkansas farmers and politicians Monday welcomed news of a new trade agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico, saying closer commercial ties are good for the state's economy. While eager to review the complete text of the agreement, they expressed confidence that the deal will prove beneficial, especially for those who till the soil. "This will be a...

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    The Farm Bill – Not Just for Farmers

    The Farm Bill – Not Just for Farmers Written by: Lauren Waldrip Ward Published by: Arkansas Money & Politics It’s a common misconception: The Farm Bill relates to agriculture and doesn’t affect the average American consumer. This could not be further from the truth. The reality is, if you eat food, you need a farm bill. Since 1933, the Farm Bill has provided affordable food. It began as a way to support farmers struggling as a result of the Great Depression and has evolved into an extensive omni...

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    Ratcliff clinic awarded $285,000 for substance abuse, mental health treatment

    Ratcliff clinic awarded $285,000 for substance abuse, mental health treatment Published by: Booneville Democrat U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton along with U.S. Representatives Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman announced last week 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 Acces...

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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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    Arkansas centers receive nearly $3 million to fight opioid addiction

    Arkansas centers receive nearly $3 million to fight opioid addiction Published by: The Pine Bluff Commercial The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded nearly $3 million for Arkansas community health centers to combat the opioid epidemic. Recipients include a Pine Bluff program, according to a news release. Funds are from the Health and Human Services’ Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services program. U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton, alon...

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    Crawford talks Farm Bill Update, Minimum Wage in Arkansas, Brett Kavanaugh

    Crawford talks Farm Bill Update, Minimum Wage in Arkansas, Brett Kavanaugh Written by: Johnathan Reaves Published by: KASU In this monthly Congressional interview, U.S. Representative Rick Crawford talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about an update on the Farm Bill, a ballot measure in November that would raise the Arkansas minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2021, and how nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh could affect this upcoming mid-term elections. Click on Listen for...

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    Senator calls for deal on farm bill

    Senator calls for deal on farm bill Written by: Frank Lockwood Published by: NW Arkansas Democrat Gazette WASHINGTON -- At Wednesday's farm bill conference committee meeting, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged House and Senate members to swiftly resolve their differences and come up with language that can pass in both chambers. "Failure is not an option," the Republican from Kentucky said. "We need to get a farm bill signed into law before the end of September." Three Arkansans are ser...

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    Louisiana rice producers join over 60 groups to support Farm Bill Cuba Provision

    Louisiana rice producers join over 60 groups to support Farm Bill Cuba Provision Written by: S. Jacobs Published by: News 15 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Louisiana rice producers, including the Louisiana Rice Promotion Council and Kennedy Rice, joined a bipartisan group of over 60 agriculture associations, businesses, and elected officials across 17 states in urging House and Senate Agriculture Committees to include a provision in the 2018 farm bill that the Congressional Budget Office determined w...

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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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