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  • Crawford Statement on DACA
    Posted in Press Releases on September 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1) issued the following statement following the Trump administration's announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was created by an unconstitutional executive action, and President Trump correctly decided to rescind the program in favor of a more comprehensive approach to immigration reform. While it isn’t fair that many young people were brought here through no... Read more

  • Rep. Rick Crawford announces STEM & Manufacturing Tour
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Rural America, Education and Job Training

    Washington D.C. - Today, Representative Rick Crawford (AR-01) announced his second annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Manufacturers Tour in the 1st District of Arkansas. The kickoff event is Monday, July 17th and the tour concludes Friday, July 21st. Approximately 30 educators will tour 14 factories total during the week-long tour. Last year, Representative Rick Crawford led a group of approximately 20 1st District high school and community college educators on a tour o... Read more

  • Crawford introduces Aquaculture Risk Reduction Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Agriculture, Rural America

    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 after they commit minor or accidental Lacey Act infractions. Specifically, the bill amends the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to provide a de minimus exemption for commercial shipments of fish unless the in... Read more

  • Crawford Statement on Passage of Continuing Resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on September 20, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1) issued the following statement after the House passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the government at current levels while blocking the use of funding for the implementation of ObamaCare: “The House has now done its part to represent the will of the American people by stopping any further implementation of ObamaCare. This law is a job-killing train wreck that will add $1.3 trillion to the debt over the next 10 years. Families, small businesses, and ... Read more

  • Obama Coal Regulations Misunderstand Rural America
    Posted in Weekly Column on September 20, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    On Friday, the Obama Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would, for the first time in history, propose regulations that would limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, including requiring coal-burning plants to capture roughly 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions. This is the first major action from the Administration since it indicated that it would begin rolling out a climate-change agenda circumventing Congress a few short weeks ago. At that time... Read more

  • Crawford Statement on Pending Syria Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on September 6, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) issued the following statement in anticipation of a vote to authorize use of force in Syria on the House floor next week: "Barring a major change in events, I have decided to vote against the resolution authorizing the President to conduct military operations in Syria. President Obama has done little to build a broad and solid coalition, nor has he articulated clear and meaningful objectives. Absent a well-planned, comprehensive strategy for this region, I cannot... Read more

  • Obsolete Death Tax Needs Repeal
    Posted in Weekly Column on August 16, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Earlier this summer, I received the Benjamin Franklin Award from the 60-Plus Association in recognition of my support for estate tax repeal. Although I am honored to have the association’s support, I believe with a little common sense in Washington this award would be made obsolete, much like the death tax itself. This measure is a punitive tax that hurts job growth in Arkansas, particularly in agriculture, and has long overstayed its necessity after first being introduced nearly 100 years ago. ... Read more

  • Immigration Reform a National Security Issue
    Posted in Weekly Column on August 9, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Transportation

    In the debate over immigration reform that is the hot topic in Washington, one important element has been notably absent from the discussion surrounding these reforms: homeland security. Last week, I joined a congressional tour beginning in San Diego and working east to Texas with several of my colleagues, led by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul. While my views on amnesty and reforming our broken guest worker system have not changed, this trip opened my eyes to the urgent nee... Read more

  • House Acts to Stop Government Abuse
    Posted in Weekly Column on August 2, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    This year Washington has been riddled with scandals, undermining the public’s trust in government while distracting from pressing issues like a ballooning national debt, a stagnated economy, and the millions of jobless Americans. The Administration has taken a defensive posture, choosing to deflect blame without holding Administration officials fully accountable for their actions. Sadly, this further inflames the tense relationship between the people and their government, in a time where we need... Read more

  • Defending Against Unfair Trade Practices Key to Fair Competition
    Posted in Weekly Column on July 26, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Arkansas’ First District is one of the nation’s leading producers of steel products, notably high-strength pipe used in the energy industry, or “Oil Country Tubular Goods” (OCTG). Unfortunately, when foreign manufacturers flood our markets with unfairly priced products, a practice called “dumping,” it is Arkansas that often feels a disproportionate amount of pain. This unfair trade practice is now threatening jobs here at home. Manufacturers of OCTG products in Blytheville and Hickman, including... Read more