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  • Goals for 2013
    Posted in Weekly Column on December 28, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Agriculture, National Debt and Spending

    As 2012 comes to a close, now is time to look toward 2013 and the challenges ahead. Some people make resolutions at the start of the New Year, some set goals. For my part, I see 5 key goals for the upcoming year: 1. 2013 could be the year for bipartisan agreements in Congress. Call me naïve but I still believe that Democrats and Republicans can work together for the greater good. Our democracy was built on compromise, and compromise is good government. Overly partisan politicians with an “all or nothing” attitude most often get nothing. Let’s hope that 2013 can be the year to stop drawing lines in the sand and members of both political parties can work together. Read more

  • Creating Jobs and Ending Economic Uncertainty
    Posted in Weekly Column on October 26, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, National Debt and Spending

    In 2011, the House of Representatives launched the Plan for America’s Job Creators, a pro-growth agenda aimed at removing government barriers to private-sector job creation. Since then the House has passed dozens of jobs bills, including several that the president has signed into law. Read more

  • Farm Bill: Politics replaces Policy
    Posted in Weekly Column on September 21, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Agriculture, National Debt and Spending

    Since my election to Congress I have talked about the importance of passing a Farm Bill that would give farm families in Arkansas and across the country the security they need to continue producing the safest, most affordable and abundant supply of food on the planet. Unfortunately, election year politics have gotten in the way of enacting sound policies on which rural America depends. Some in Congress think that putting their electoral ambitions ahead of the needs of our farmers and ranchers wi... Read more

  • Reducing Red Tape
    Posted in Weekly Column on July 27, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, National Debt and Spending

    Nothing kills jobs faster than a Washington regulation. Too often federal agencies impose rules without talking to the people who will be forced to live with them. This week the House of Representatives took action to reduce the regulations small businesses face. With the passage of the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act, the House gave small business owners and job creators some relief from onerous regulations. Since taking office, the Obama administration has had under revi... Read more

  • Crawford votes to Reduce Red Tape and Grow the Economy
    Posted in Press Releases on July 26, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, National Debt and Spending

    Today, Congressman Rick Crawford voted to reduce excessive red tape and other bureaucratic burdens that prevent small business owners from hiring new workers and growing the economy. The Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act (H.R. 4078) passed the House of Representatives today and now awaits action from the Senate. “Nothing kills a job or stifles our economic recovery more than a Washington regulation. Today the House took action to get Washington bureaucrats off the backs of s... Read more

  • Crawford joins Bipartisan Call for Farm Bill Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Agriculture, National Debt and Spending

    Congressman Rick Crawford joined a bipartisan group of 62 House members urging House leaders to bring the Farm Bill (H.R. 6083) to a vote before August. The House Agriculture Committee passed the Farm Bill by a strong bipartisan vote of 35 to 11 on July 12th. In a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the lawmakers are requesting floor time to consider the bill so that it ca... Read more

  • Bipartisan Farm Bill is right for Arkansas
    Posted in Weekly Column on July 13, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Agriculture, National Debt and Spending

    For the better part of the last year the House Agriculture Committee has worked in a bipartisan fashion to craft a fiscally responsible Farm Bill that will work for farm families across the country. This week, Democrats and Republicans on the Agriculture Committee joined together to pass the Farm Bill out of committee. At a time when many Americans have lost faith in the ability of Congress to accomplish great things, the House Agriculture Committee is an example of what can be done when partisa... Read more

  • Crawford Statement on Farm Bill Draft Release
    Posted in Press Releases on July 6, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, National Debt and Spending

    Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) issued the following statement this morning after the House Agriculture Committee released a discussion draft of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act: “The House Agriculture Committee has worked in a bipartisan fashion to craft a fiscally responsible Farm Bill that will work for farm families across the country. The House Farm Bill is reflective of our farmers’ risks – whatever those risks might be. Unfortunately, the Senate passed a bill that t... Read more

  • Arkansans still need Access and Affordability
    Posted in Weekly Column on June 29, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, National Debt and Spending

    The Supreme Court’s ruling this week does nothing to change the fact that President Obama’s healthcare mandate is not working for Arkansas. For my part, I will continue pushing for a full legislative repeal of the President’s healthcare law. President Obama’s plan is bad policy. The law is incredibly complex and increases uncertainty for small business owners. By requiring employers to buy health insurance for some workers, the President’s healthcare law is actually encouraging employers NOT to ... Read more

  • Crawford statement on passage of the Senate Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Agriculture, Health Care, National Debt and Spending

    Unfortunately, the Senate Farm Bill passed today takes a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to agricultural production, and applies a Midwest insurance risk-management model to the entirety of U.S. agriculture. The House Farm Bill must be fair to every region of the United States – not just a single region. Farming in the Arkansas Delta involves unique production methods. The Mid-South largely uses irrigation methods, which reduces production risk and yield variability. However, farmers in my district... Read more