Crawford votes for Fiscal Restraint
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rick Crawford voted to restore discipline and responsibility to Washington. H.R. 2055, The Appropriations Conference Report that passed the House today rolled non-defense spending back to 2008 levels. The Conference Report passed the House with a vote of 296 to 121.
“Today’s vote is a huge step towards putting America back on the road to financial discipline. This is a good bill for the country and a good bill for Arkansas. The vote today extended funding for the Delta Regional Authority and Arkansans who are still getting their lives back on track after natural disasters this Spring,” said Crawford. “The vote today eliminated 42 wasteful government programs that will save taxpayers over $1 billion annually. The vote also cuts discretionary spending for the second year in a row, something that has not happened since the end of World War II.”
Key provisions contained in H.R. 2055 include:
• $11,677,000 for the Delta Regional Authority to fund economic development programs in the Mississippi River Delta Region.
• Fully funded the Greers Ferry and Norfork Lake National Fish Hatcheries in Arkansas’s First District
• $6,000,000,000 decrease in agency funding from 2011 levels.
• Funding for 21,307 patrol agents and 21,186 Customs and Border Control Officers to protect the United States.
• Fully funds the Caregivers Act that will expand healthcare options to rural veterans, expand VA locations to serve more veterans, and provide assistance for in-home caregivers to severely wounded troops.