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

National Debt and Spending

    Crawford's Statement on President's Budget Proposal

    Washington, D.C. - After the release of President Trump's budget proposal, Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01) stated: “President Trump’s budget proposal finally addresses our growing national debt while still prioritizing our armed forces, which currently face a readiness crisis after years of neglect. However, the severe cuts to USDA programs don’t fully consider the current state of rural economies and the significant savings already generated by the last farm bill. As the House of Representati...

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    Crawford Receives Benjamin Franklin Award for Support of Death Tax Repeal

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR), issued the following statement after The 60 Plus Association, a national senior citizen’s organization, awarded the Congressman the Benjamin Franklin Award for his support of estate tax repeal: “This tax threatens farmers and small businesses; it is a job killer and must be repealed. Hard-working families who choose to pass their businesses down to posterity shouldn’t be prevented from doing so. The death tax causes capital-rich family farms a...

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    Budget Needs Permanent Spending Controls

    During my two years in the United States Congress I have said time and time again that our nation’s debt crisis is the greatest challenge we face. As the father of two young children, it is important to me that leaders in Washington try to preserve the American dream for future generations. Ending deficit spending, paying down our $17 trillion national debt and strengthening our weak economy should be top priorities. This week the House of Representatives voted on a budget resolution that will s...

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    Politicizing the Sequester

    In my column last week, I expressed concerns over national political leaders’ unwillingness to come together and avoid $85 billion in arbitrary spending cuts known as the sequester. Like you, I grow more frustrated with each passing day at Washington’s inability to work together for the common good. This week, it became clear the Obama Administration is doing all they can to heighten the strain of the sequester. Emails between officials at the Department of Agriculture show the Obama Administrat...

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    Sequester Should Have Been Avoided

    This week President Obama and leaders in the House and the Senate failed to strike a compromise that would avert automatic spending cuts known as the sequester. Like many of you, I grow more frustrated with each passing day at Washington’s inability to work together for the common good. If our national leaders would start working with one another instead of holding press conferences attacking the other side’s point of view, we might just get some meaningful work done. To understand how we got to...

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    Common Sense Is Not So Common

    This week Americans heard two very different visions for our country with President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address and the GOP response from Florida Senator Marco Rubio. President Obama believes more government is the solution to every problem facing our country. When I talk to folks back home in Arkansas, they tell me big government is the problem. My constituents are burdened with excessive regulations and they are concerned about our country’s massive national debt. For too long Re...

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    Crawford Responds to Obama’s State of the Union Address

    Today, Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1) issued the following statement after listening to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address: “Tonight we heard President Obama’s vision for America. The President believes more government is the solution to every problem facing our country. When I talk to folks back home in Arkansas, they tell me big government is the problem. My constituents are burdened with excessive regulations and they are concerned about our country’s massive national debt....

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    The Second Amendment

    "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." - Second Amendment, The Constitution of United States In the days and weeks following the horrific violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut politicians and activists groups have called for new gun laws and restrictions for gun owners. It is unfortunate that some would try to exploit this tragedy. When I was sworn in to represe...

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    Debt Not Addressed in Senate’s Fiscal Cliff Plan

    On the first day of 2013, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Senate’s so-called deal to avert the ‘fiscal cliff’. The Congressional Budget Office has predicted the Senate’s deal will add nearly $4 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years. Ultimately I could not vote to support the Senate fiscal cliff plan because it did not do anything to address our nation’s spending problem. Permanent spending controls are needed to ensure this Congress, and all future Congresses, do n...

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    Crawford Statement On Fiscal Cliff Vote

    Today, Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) issued the following statement after voting against a so-called deal to avert the fiscal cliff by imposing job-killing taxes and failing to address America’s spending and debt problems: “Many hours of negotiations went into crafting a deal to avert the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’. I want to thank Speaker Boehner for his efforts to make the best out of a very bad situation. However, I cannot support the end result of the negotiations. The Congressional Budget ...

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