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Immigration Reform a National Security Issue
Posted Tuesday, August 13, at 4:51 PM
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. ...

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Old Glory
Posted Tuesday, June 18, at 3:45 PM

It is the time of the year that we celebrate two very important points in American history. On June 14th we recognize Flag Day and on July 4th we recognize our nations independence from England. Each of these days are solemn reminders about the many aspects that have made our country a place where countless generations of families have migrated to and now call home. ...

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Obama plays politics with FAA furloughs
Posted Tuesday, May 7, at 3:52 PM

Last week Congress took action to help air travelers frustrated with long lines at airports across the country. I was pleased to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this bipartisan legislation. However, it's a shame that Congress had to get involved in the matter. The furloughs of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees could have been avoided if the Obama Administration would stop playing politics...

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Freight Transportation Delivers Arkansas Goods To World Markets
Posted Tuesday, April 30, at 4:12 PM

Last week I was honored to be appointed to a special panel of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee charged with examining challenges facing our Nation's freight transportation system. It is a privilege to be one of only eleven members in the House of Representatives asked to serve on this panel and I look forward to working with my colleagues in a bipartisan fashion to ensure our Nation's freight transportation infrastructure can meet the demands of America's job creators...

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FRAME Act will help farm families in times of disaster
Posted Tuesday, April 23, at 10:06 AM

FRAME Act will help farm families in times Of disaster This week I introduced a bill before the House of Representatives that would give farmers a free-market option to prepare for disasters without relying entirely on the federal government. My bill, the Farm Risk Abatement and Mitigation Election or FRAME Act, would establish tax-deferred farm savings accounts to give farmers a choice in responding to disasters...

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EPA acknowledges released producers' information
Posted Tuesday, April 16, at 5:38 PM

After much pressure, this week the Environmental Protection Agency finally acknowledged it released the personal information of thousands of farm families to radical environmental groups. Moving forward, I plan to hold EPA's feet to the fire to ensure farm families are not subjected to this kind of trust breach again...

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Arkansas Plan will not fix ObamaCare
Posted Tuesday, April 9, at 12:45 PM

Three years ago President Obama signed his massive takeover of our Nation's healthcare system into law. Since then the Department of Health and Human Services has been busy writing thousands of new regulations to begin implementing the mandate. Today, states like Arkansas are being forced to make tough decisions about paying for expanded healthcare services...

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Sensible School Lunch Act makes sense for Arkansas
Posted Tuesday, April 2, at 2:58 PM

In October, I hosted a Nutrition Summit in Jonesboro where I listened to school administrators, parents, nutritionists and teachers tell me how new nutrition guidelines from the Department of Agriculture are affecting their students. After the Summit it was clear that USDA's new school nutrition regulations are not working and are leaving students hungry. ...

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Budget needs permanent spending controls
Posted Tuesday, March 26, at 4:11 PM

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...

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EPA Disregards National Food Security
Posted Tuesday, March 19, at 11:50 AM

Here in Arkansas, farming is a way of life. Agriculture is the number one industry in our First Congressional District and for many families it's a rich tradition. As Arkansas's only representative on the House Agriculture Committee, I fight each day to ensure farm families in our state can continue producing the safest, most abundant and reliable source of food on the planet...

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Politicizing the Sequester
Posted Tuesday, March 12, at 10:14 AM

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...

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Sequester should have been avoided
Posted Tuesday, March 5, at 11:35 AM

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...

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Common Sense is Not so Common
Posted Tuesday, February 19, at 3:23 PM

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. ...

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Committee Roles Will Benefit Arkansas
Posted Wednesday, February 13, at 9:57 AM

In the House of Representatives, members are assigned to committees that reflect the needs of their district. To provide my rural constituents in Arkansas's First District with the best representation possible, I serve on the Agriculture Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee...

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No Budget, No Pay
Posted Tuesday, February 5, at 11:11 AM

Last week the House of Representatives passed a measure aimed at forcing the United States Senate to pass a budget for the first time in four years. The No Budget, No Pay legislation requires the Senate to pass a fiscally conscious budget before increasing the debt ceiling. If the Senate does not pass a budget, Senators will not receive a pay check...

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Roe v. Wade: 40 years later
Posted Tuesday, January 29, at 2:04 PM

This week marked the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in our country. Since the court's ruling, 55 million innocent lives have tragically been lost. To put that into perspective, there are roughly 55 million people living in the states of New York and California combined...

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FUELS Act will provide relief from EPA Regs
Posted Tuesday, January 22, at 2:07 PM

When I talk to small farmers and ranchers in Arkansas they consistently tell me how regulations from Washington hurt their bottom line. When I ask them which agency seems to impose the most regulations, I always get the same answer, the EPA. This week I re-introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency and offer some regulatory relief for farm families...

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The Second Amendment
Posted Tuesday, January 15, at 1:25 PM

"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, Conn., 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...

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Debt not addressed in Senate's Fiscal Cliff plan
Posted Tuesday, January 8, at 3:05 PM

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 10 years. ...

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Goals for 2013
Posted Monday, December 31, at 2:49 PM

As 2012 comes to a close, now is the time to look toward 2013 and the challenges ahead. Some people make resolutions at the start of the New Year. For my part, I have 5 key goals for the upcoming year: 1. 2013 could be the year for bipartisan agreements in Congress. ...

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Representative Rick Crawford serves the First District of Arkansas