Representative Rick Crawford en-us Floodplain Executive Oder to Affect 1st District Cities In 1977, President Carter issued Executive Order 11988, which established the definition of "floodplain" as an area subject to a 1% or greater chance of flooding in any given year. President Carter issued this order in order to protect federal investments and human life from flood risk. This definition of a floodplain informs federal agencies in their use of funds, building standards, and sets benchmarks for many other programs. The currently defined floodplain has been the standard ever since... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:14:20 -0500 A Valley in the Delta? Anyone who lives in the Arkansas Delta knows that we have seen families move away, restaurants close, schools merge, and once thriving downtowns boarded up. But where some see only decay, others see opportunity. As fallen leaves and burned fields provide nutrients for the next cycle of growth, so Arkansas' rich history and collective knowledge create an environment ripe for change. Organizations like the Thrive Center in Helena-West Helena seek to encourage just such an environment, "in an... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:34:50 -0500 Congress works best with your help When designing both the House of Representatives and the Senate, our Founding Fathers specifically created the House to reflect popular will and the Senate to be a more permanent anchor of collective values. Both Houses of Congress have unique properties that aid them in their particular roles. For example, the House has exclusive authority over initiating revenue bills while only the Senate may ratify treaties and confirm the appointment of many public officials. The Senate is also slow to... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:37:34 -0600 A City Mouse and a Country Mouse As you know, many winters ago a small mouse named John lived under the strong roots of a sycamore tree on the bank of the St. Francis River. Wrapped in whatever spare cotton fiber he found in the fields, he lived quite comfortably with his family in peace. On the 16th of January, his cousin, a city mouse, came to visit. John loved his cousin from the city and so spared nothing he had. Across the table he placed the peanuts and rice from his fall forages in a hearty spread. But his city cousin... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:10:18 -0600 Thanksgiving Offers Time for Gratitude I've never been one to begin celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving. It's not that I disapprove of those who do or that I don't enjoy Christmastime. I've just always thought Thanksgiving has much more to offer than what initially meets the eye. And it goes well beyond Pilgrims and Native Americans, turkeys, family gatherings, and yes, even football. I believe Thanksgiving's greatest gift to us is opportunity; opportunity that demands we stop our busy lives and gratefully take stock of the... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:53:47 -0600 Immigration Reform a National Security Issue 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... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:51:52 -0500 Old Glory 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. Both of these days should serve as reminders to us all about the unique qualities we have here in America that allow for every... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:45:49 -0500 Obama plays politics with FAA furloughs 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. Flight delays experienced across the country were due to the FAA's... Tue, 07 May 2013 15:52:07 -0500 Freight Transportation Delivers Arkansas Goods To World Markets 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... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:12:34 -0500 FRAME Act will help farm families in times of disaster 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. Farmers in our corner of Arkansas and across the country face risks and... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:06:28 -0500 EPA acknowledges released producers' information 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. The EPA turned over personal information like phone numbers, addresses and even geographic coordinates to environmentalists. An overwhelming majority of the information released... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 17:38:14 -0500 Arkansas Plan will not fix ObamaCare 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. I applaud Arkansas state legislative leaders who are doing their best to make lemonade out of lemons and try to cope with a bad... Tue, 09 Apr 2013 12:45:40 -0500 Sensible School Lunch Act makes sense for Arkansas 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. This week I joined with Arkansas's other members of the United States House of Representatives in filing legislation to return control of... Tue, 02 Apr 2013 14:58:51 -0500 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... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:11:47 -0500 EPA Disregards National Food Security 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. Recently, I was informed the Environmental Protection Agency had released the personal information of livestock... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:50:54 -0500 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... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:14:05 -0500 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... Tue, 05 Mar 2013 11:35:03 -0600 Common Sense is Not so Common 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... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:23:44 -0600 Committee Roles Will Benefit Arkansas 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. Agriculture is the number one industry in Arkansas. In Congress, I have worked to be a consistent voice on the Agriculture Committee for Mid-south farm families and the challenges they face.... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 09:57:11 -0600 No Budget, No Pay 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. In households across the First District, a budget is essentially a statement of priorities. Families prioritize money for a mortgage, college... Tue, 05 Feb 2013 11:11:26 -0600