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Rick Crawford released the following statement regarding the recent news reports about comments made by State Representative Jon Hubbard and Charlie Fuqua:
“While I have not read either book by Representative Hubbard or Charlie Fuqua, I am disappointed and disturbed by the news reports of the divisive and racially inflammatory content. The statements that have been reported portray attitudes and beliefs that would return our state and country to a harmful and regrettable past.”
October 5, 2012
BRAD FERGUSON / BRAD@MEETRICKCRAWFORD.COM
Crawford Campaign Schedule for Saturday, Oct. 6th
Busy Day of Events and Campaigning Planned as Election Nears
Jonesboro, Arkansas –
First District Congressman Rick Crawford will attend several events and campaign stops in Arkansas’s First Congressional District on Saturday, October 6th.
Walkin and Rollin Til Your Dreams Soar, a fundraising walk to raise funds for Haley Richmond, who has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Arkansas State University’s track.
Blessed Church BBQ Lunch at 614 South Church St. in Jonesboro from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon.
Lepanto Terrapin Derby Parade. The parade will stage on Greenwood Avenue in front of Barton’s in Lepanto. 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Craighead GOP Reagan Day Roundup at Strickland Ranch on Hwy. 349 in Jonesboro from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
For more information about Rick Crawford’s campaign, please visit: www.MeetRickCrawford.com.
Crawford Background: Rick Crawford and his wife Stacy are both graduates of Arkansas State University. They live in Jonesboro with their two children. Crawford serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Agriculture Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Arkansas Director Sylvester Smith, 501-801-1974
Small Business Backs Crawford in Key Congressional Race
NFIB expects freshman Congressman to continue doing big things for small business
Little Rock (October 4, 2012) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced its support for the reelection of freshman lawmaker Rick Crawford in the hotly contested 1st Congressional District.
“Rick Crawford is one of the strongest and most effective supporters of small business in Congress,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB Vice President of Political and Grassroots. “He’s done big things for small business and our members are counting on him to keep up the fight in Washington.”
NFIB is the country’s leading small business advocate. Every session of Congress its members identify the issues that are most important to them. NFIB analyzes the bills, tracks the votes of every lawmaker and calculates a score. Crawford this session earned a perfect 100 percent on the NFIB Voting Record.
“You can’t do better than that,” said NFIB Arkansas State Director Sylvester Smith. “Rick Crawford is a small businessman and a member of NFIB, and that experience is obviously reflected in his voting record.
“He knows how tough it is for small businesses to compete even in a good economy, and he’s been especially sensitive to the challenges that our members face in this difficult economy,” he continued.
Crawford’s endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust (SAFE), the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions regarding key small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.
Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members in Arkansas to help turn out the small-business vote for Crawford this coming Election Day.
For more information about NFIB, please visit www.nfib.com.
US Congressman Rick Crawford says quick work in needed on a farm bill. Crawford spoke to a crowd at Arkansas State University’s and the University of Arkansas’ 2012 Cotton Field Day at the Judd Hill Cooperative Research Station near Trumann. Crawford says an extension is likely, since a farm bill is due September 30th.
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First District Congressman Rick Crawford’s summer farm tour made a stop in Piggott Wednesday, Aug. 22, to meet with livestock producers concerning recent drought conditions. The breakfast meeting at The Piggott Diner also afforded Crawford a chance to update local producers on the two versions of the Farm Bill currently being considered.
With around 25 producers and local leaders in attendance, Crawford first spoke about the drought of 2012 and available relief programs. He noted that the State of Arkansas, USDA and even the IRS have programs that offer help to producers in the drought-stricken areas such as Northeast Arkansas.
Crawford offered literature on specific programs, and was accompanied by Marty Conley of the Clay County Farm Services Agency office for details on the local efforts. He also fielded questions from livestock producers on programs that are already past deadline or no longer available.
The Congressman also took time to answer questions, and talked about the message he brought to the local gathering. “Our message today is not so much that I’m delivering, but that I’m listening to what producers have to say–that’s the number one thing,” he explained. “The second thing is that we make sure that what assets are available, especially for livestock producers, that they are aware of it.”
Crawford added that it was a great advantage to have Conley on hand from the local FSA office, “there are a lot of questions that people have–there are a lot of programs that have been authorized to try to provide some help during this time of extreme drought,” he noted.
To read more, click the link above.
For Immediate Release Contact:
August 27, 2012 Thair Phillips & Al Cors 202-628-5095
Representative Rick Crawford Honored for Service to Seniors
RetireSafe Presents summer 2012 “Standing Up for America’s Seniors” Award
Jonesboro, AR — Today RetireSafe, representing more than 400,000 seniors nationwide, and joined by local senior advocates, honored Representative Rick Crawford for his efforts to protect the health benefits and security of Arkansas’ seniors.
Brian Feldman, Field Representative for RetireSafe presented the RetireSafe “Standing Up For America’s Seniors” Award commemorative plaque at his Jonesboro office, recognizing Crawford’s accomplishments and service to older Americans.
A bipartisan group of Members of Congress are being recognized by RetireSafe in their home districts throughout the August recess. These members have acted to protect seniors’ health care benefits, by ensuring access to affordable medications through Medicare Part D, opposing any laws or regulations that threaten the doctor/patient relationship and speaking out against proposals that threaten to limit access to health care and increase Medicare premiums.
“America’s seniors continue to count on those in Washington who are willing to put politics aside and fight for the benefits they have earned,” said RetireSafe President Thair Phillips. “The benefits and rights of seniors are under attack and seniors need champions in Washington to preserve the benefits that many seniors depend on,” he continued. “RetireSafe is pleased to be able to recognize these Members of Congress, some of them for the second time in a row, for their tireless work in protecting Medicare and supporting seniors both in Washington and locally,” he concluded.
RetireSafe is a nonprofit, nonpartisan grassroots organization that advocates and educates on behalf of America’s seniors on issues regarding Social Security, Medicare, health and financial well-being.
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|August 15, 2012|
MITT ROMNEY ANNOUNCES FARMERS AND RANCHERS FOR ROMNEY COALITION
Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced his Farmers and Ranchers for Romney coalition.
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“I’m honored to have so many farmers and ranchers standing with my campaign,” said Mitt Romney. “They are the backbone of America and play a critical role in ensuring Americans across the country have access to safe and affordable food. The fruit of their labor nourishes the world, and I admire their hard work in harvesting our country’s bountiful resources. Our farmers and ranchers also have a critical role in the health of our economy, employing millions of Americans. I’m grateful to have their support in my efforts to turn around the economy and strengthen the middle class.”
Commissioner Adam Putnam said, “As Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, I’m proud to be supporting Governor Romney’s campaign to get this country moving in the right direction again. While agriculture in America has its own set of unique challenges, farmers are looking for a leader in the White House who knows how the private sector works. Throughout the past three and a half years, President Obama has demonstrated in both his rhetoric and his policies that he lacks that understanding. I’m confident that Governor Romney’s experience and vision will restore a brighter future for all Americans.”
Senator Mike Johanns said, “Having served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and represented Nebraskans as both Governor and Senator, I’m familiar with the challenges and opportunities throughout rural America. From ranches to family farms, the heartland helped build this nation and agriculture remains part of the very fabric that binds it together. President Obama’s policies have failed to reinvigorate our economy, and even worse, his regulatory overreach stifled growth and cost jobs. Once a man of soaring rhetoric, his words now diminish the labor and sacrifice of all Americans by saying they didn’t build their businesses. I grew up on a farm and know that success is not the result of government action, but rather individual initiative and hard work. Mitt Romney understands the power of free enterprise and its ability to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit. As president, he will not only jumpstart economic growth in this country, but also carefully tend to the needs of agricultural producers and rural communities.”
Former USDA Deputy Secretary Charles Conner said, “I was raised on a family farm, and having policies which help agriculture thrive is close to my heart. That’s one of the reasons why I’m supporting Mitt Romney. The task of turning around our economy so it works for all Americans will not be an easy one, but I’m confident Governor Romney will deliver. Having spent most of his career in the private sector, he knows why President Obama’s policies have ill-served economic growth and the jobs that only free enterprise can create.”
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey said, “Here in Iowa, farmers and ranchers form a key role in powering our economy. Over the course of the past three and a half years, President Obama hasn’t made good on the promises of his campaign four years ago, and the impact of his economic policies has been devastating throughout the country. The need for a new direction and fresh leadership in the White House could not be clearer, and I believe Mitt Romney will provide both.”
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
Ambassador Tom Nassif
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer
Sen. Mike Johanns (NE)
Former USDA Acting/Deputy Secretary Charles Conner
Secretary John Block
Secretary Ed Schafer
Secretary Clayton Keith Yeutter
Sen. Pat Roberts (KS)
Sen. Jerry Moran (KS)
Sen. Roy Blunt (MO)
Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA)
Sen. John Hoeven (ND)
Sen. Thad Cochran (MS)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (GA)
Sen. John Boozman (AR)
Rep. Frank Lucas (OK)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA)
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX)
Rep. Mike Conaway (TX)
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE)
Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson (PA)
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (IN)
Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH)
Rep. Scott Tipton (CO)
Rep. Steve Southerland (FL)
Rep. Rick Crawford (AR)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS)
Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL)
Rep. Reid Ribble (WI)
Rep. Jack Kingston (GA)
Rep. Stephen Fincher (TN)
Rep. Cory Gardner (CO)
Rep. Tom Latham (IA)
Rep. Kristi Noem (SD)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA)
Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black
Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman
Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Michael Strain
Michigan Agriculture Director Jamie Clover Adams
Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith
South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers
Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples
Utah Agriculture Commissioner Leonard Blackham
Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel
National Advisory Board
Former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jack Parnell
Former Agriculture Secretary Bill Even, South Dakota
Former Agriculture Secretary Arthur Gen “A.G.” Kawamura, California
Former Agriculture Secretary Don Ament, Colorado
Bryan Black, Past President, National Pork Producers Council
Al Montna, Former Chairman, USA Rice Federation
Chris Policinski, CEO, Land O’Lakes
Greg Ibach, Director – Nebraska Department of Agriculture
J.D. Alexander – President, National Cattleman’s Beef Association
The Honorable Randy Russell, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture
Katie Smith – Former Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture
John Miller— Former CEO, National Beef Packing Company
Steve Troxler – North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner
The Honorable Leland Strom
John Johnson, former USDA Deputy Administrator
Charles Kruse, former Missouri Farm Bureau President
Nathan Sanderson Ph.D., Agriculture Policy Advisor to South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard
Tom Stenzel, President, United Fresh Produce Association
Jim Magagna, Wyoming
Hobey Bauhan, Virginia
Sam Moore, Kentucky
James Moody, Cold Creek Farms
Bruce Nelson, Former Chairman, USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council
Dan Wyant, Past Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture
Mike Yost, Past Chairman and President, American Soybean Association
Former U.S. Senator Duncan Faircloth (NC)
Former U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes (NC), Chairman, NC Republican Party
Trent Bushner, former President Colorado Corn Growers
Robert Bray, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association
Mike Firestine, Pennsylvania
Dave Armstrong, GreenStone Farm Credit Services
Richard Ebert, Vice President of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
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I’m standing up to my party’s leadership to demand a floor vote on the Farm Bill as soon as possible, and I want you to know the facts about my work for Arkansas ag producers.
I joined 77 other lawmakers on a bi-partisan letter to the House leadership of both parties calling for a vote on the bill. I’m also helping lead the effort behind a discharge petition when Congress goes back into session in September. A discharge petition would require 218 signatures from lawmakers to force a floor vote on the bill. I am working over the next month to help my colleagues build support for that effort.
Our farmers need the certainty that a full five-year farm bill would provide. They are small business owners who must be able to plan and determine what investments to make in order to keep farming. I will continue to do everything within my power to get a vote on the Farm Bill and to help build support for the bill among my colleagues.
As someone who owned a small business and ran for Congress to try to change the institution to be more effective, it is frustrating to me that this work has gone unfinished. Rest assured I will keep pursuing every option available that could be helpful in moving this legislation forward.
My campaign has started a Facebook page dedicated to my work for Arkansas agriculture. I hope you will “Like” and share this page with others. [link]
The President, my opponent and their allies will continue the false attacks, and I need your help to make sure we get our message and the facts out. I hope you can volunteer [link] to help my campaign and sign up to receive our emails [link].
I am deeply grateful for your continued support and encouragement.
Member of Congress
The Facts About Rick Crawford’s Work for Arkansas Agriculture
Democrats have only 40 votes on the House floor for the farm bill.
“Even after it cleared the committee, and Peterson promised to secure at least 40 Democratic votes for the bill on the floor…”
(Devin Henry, “House’s one-year farm bill dies,” MinnPost.Com, July 31, 2012)
Rick Crawford is skipping the Republican National Convention to stay in Arkansas and help ensure struggling farm families get the help they need.
“My staff and I will be assisting producers as they cope with this terrible natural disaster…”
(Pete Urban, “Crawford to skip GOP convention” Arkansas News August 10, 2012)
Rick Crawford founded the House Rice Caucus to be the voice for Arkansas and the nation’s rice producers in Washington.
“The inaugural meeting of the House of Representatives’ Rice Caucus was held on Wednesday. The mission of the Rice Caucus is to educate House members and the general public about the role rice plays in the economy.”
(“House Rice Caucus holds inaugural meeting,” DeltaFarmPress.com, October 27, 2011)
Crawford worked to ensure that rice farmers were treated fairly in the House Agriculture Committee-passed farm bill.
“Crawford emphasized that this would not work for rice farmers. Instead, the House bill would allow rice farmers to select a revenue loss coverage plan that is similar to the old counter-cyclical payments.”
(Christina Verderosa, “Crawford: Farm bill is good, bipartisan,” DeWitt Era Enterprise, July 18, 2012)
The Agricultural Council of Arkansas praised Rick Crawford’s efforts along with Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson for producing a strong, bipartisan farm bill in the House Agriculture Committee.
“The Agricultural Council of Arkansas appreciates the work of Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson in drafting the House farm bill. We also appreciate the work of Congressman Rick Crawford, who has been a strong advocate for Arkansas farmers as a member of the House Agriculture Committee.”
(Press Release, “Statement on the House Farm Bill,” Agricultural Council of Arkansas, July 9, 2012)
Rick Crawford has introduced the Farm Risk Abatement and Mitigation Election Act, or the FRAME Act, to establish tax-deferred farm savings accounts to help farmers better prepare for drought or other disasters in the future.
“Often times federal disaster assistance does not arrive fast enough. In fact, some farmers in our district are just now receiving aid from requests they made in 2009. During times of disaster, farmers cannot wait for the federal government. Farmers who choose to invest in FRAME Accounts would not be hamstrung by a sluggish federal disaster response. FRAME Accounts would give farmers a safety net to stay in business when they are most vulnerable.”
(Rick Crawford column, “Week In Review,” Spring River Chronicle, February 8, 2012)
Rick Crawford passed legislation to keep the Obama Administration’s EPA from taking more from ag producers’ pockets at a time they can least afford it.
“The legislation would modify the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule by raising its exemption levels for fuel storage capacity to better reflect the spill risk and financial resources of farms.”
(“FUELS Act passes House on voice vote,” Western Farm Press, August 6, 2012)
Rick Crawford, standing up for American catfish farmers and better food safety for consumers, fought to keep the catfish inspection program at USDA.
“Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford, with catfish producers among his constituents, then brought out the big stick…”
(David Bennett, “House Agriculture Committee debates USDA catfish inspection program,” Delta Farm Press, July 12, 2012)
Rick Crawford was thanked by the Arkansas Rice Federation for his work on the Farm Bill.
“Brantly also gave special thanks to Congressman Rick Crawford of Arkansas…”
(KARK 4 News, “Arkansas Rice Federation Supports Farm Bill“ ArkansasMatters.com July 6, 2012)
Rick Crawford works across party lines when it’s in the best interests of farmers and ranchers.
“The National Association of FSA County Office Employees (NASCOE) appreciates Representatives Boswell and Crawford bipartisan leadership…”
(“NASCOE Commends Committee Passage of Boswell-Crawford Amendment in Farm Bill” Oklahoma Farm Report July 13, 2012)
Rick Crawford worked with Democrat Congressman Sanford Bishop to create the House Chicken Caucus to fight for the nation’s poultry industry.
“We want to protect the industry and grow it. That’s our goal.”
(Peter Urban, “House Chicken Caucus Takes Flight” Times Record March 22, 2012)
Rick Crawford will stand up to anyone proposing legislation that will hurt farmers, even members of his own party.
“At a time when more and more people have to rely on the productivity and stability of American agriculture, now is not the time to pose a threat to the very food source on which they rely.”
(“Agriculture, Rural Development, Food And Drug Administration, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012” Capitol Words June 16, 2011)
Rick Crawford was one of only 4 legislators to host a field hearing for the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, and he held it in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
“Crawford says the hearing is one of only four field hearings and will provide an opportunity to ensure the new Farm Bill protects rural communities and the viability of agriculture in the South.”
(Lindsey Tugman, “House Agriculture Committee to hold Ark. Hearing” Today’s THV March 27, 2012)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Republican Arkansas Congressman Rick Crawford says he’ll skip his party’s national convention later this month to focus on trying to build support for the farm bill.
Crawford on Friday said he planned to travel throughout his east Arkansas district to talk with farmers about the record drought conditions they’ve faced this year. Crawford said he’ll skip the party’s national nominating convention in Tampa, Fla., to focus on farming issues.
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