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Rick Crawford

Rick Crawford's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Rick Crawford
Office: U.S. House (AR) - District 1, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 1
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Stacy; 2 Children: Will, Delaney
Birth Date: 01/22/1966
Birth Place: Homestead Air Force Base, FL
Home City: Jonesboro, AR
Religion: Christian
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rick Crawford. Issue Position: Health Care. 27 June 2011. "Further, I have co-sponsored legislation that prohibits government funding for abortions and repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a panel of unelected bureaucrats that seeks to determine what type of care patients receive and who can (and cannot) receive it. I have also co-signed on to legislation that seeks to make health insurance more affordable for all Americans by controlling costs and ending frivolous lawsuits." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. The Healthcare Games Continue. 22 June 2010. "Today Congressman Berry told the Tolbert Report that he remains undecided on the house healthcare measure that will be considered on Sunday. News reports that President Obama has proposed addressing concerns of abortion by signing an executive order to bar public funding of abortion. This is one of the weakest possible ways to address this issue. The biggest problem with this approach is that he or any future president simply can sign another executive order to reverse the previous one. One of the first orders of business President Obama conducted was to reverse a number of Bush's executive orders. Anyone serious about protecting unborn lives would never agree to this sham ˜solution." (www.meetrickcrawford.com)
  • Rick Crawford. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Rick Crawford voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Blog: A Uniting Issue: Ending Sex Selection Abortion. 6 June 2012. "Earlier this year British police gathered material that showed three doctors agreeing to arrange terminations for women who wanted to end their pregnancies after discovering the sex of the child. It is a crime in England to terminate a pregnancy based on gender. ..but not in the United States. The phrase "war on women" is trotted out in election years to score political points, but this is the real war on girls and women, and it is time for America to lead the way in ending this legally-sanctioned discrimination. In 2003 partial-birth abortion was banned in the United Stateswith strong bipartisan support. While the ban on partial-birth abortion was backed by 63 House Democrats, today only 20 support ending gender-selection abortion. It is my hope that as people voice opposition to aborting babies because of their gender, Congress will outlaw this disturbing practice." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Rick Crawford in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Rick Crawford voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Protecting Innocent Life. 8 June 2012. "Although the movement to protect life was dealt a blow this week in the House of Representatives, work to guard the unborn will continue. This cause is bigger than political rhetoric and represents more than a plank on a party platform. The ambition to protect human life at all stages speaks to the soul of our nation. Together, we must work to guard the most vulnerable members of our society. Every representative, every physician and every American needs to be reminded that at the center of our struggle is the protection of all human life. We cannot live in a nation where some human life is valued and other life is not. All life has value and the casual taking of life is morally wrong. Let us join together to pray for the protection of the unborn. The intersection of prayer and action can produce amazing results. Through prayer and perseverance we can accomplish our goals, and innocent human life - at all stages - can be protected." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Facebook: Timeline. 5 June 2012. "Help me raise public awareness about the need to ban the practice of using abortion to select the gender of children. Please like AND share so others can learn about it. I also have a blog post on my Facebook page that I will post. " (www.facebook.com)
  • Rick Crawford. Facebook: Timeline. 15 June 2012. "Gendercide: Aborting a baby because it was the wrong gender. Horrible... but 100% legal in the US. Like and share to raise awareness and support banning this practice." (www.facebook.com)
  • Rick Crawford. The Healthcare Games Continue. 22 June 2010. "Today Congressman Berry told the Tolbert Report that he remains undecided on the house healthcare measure that will be considered on Sunday. News reports that President Obama has proposed addressing concerns of abortion by signing an executive order to bar public funding of abortion. This is one of the weakest possible ways to address this issue. The biggest problem with this approach is that he or any future president simply can sign another executive order to reverse the previous one. One of the first orders of business President Obama conducted was to reverse a number of Bush's executive orders. Anyone serious about protecting unborn lives would never agree to this sham 'solution." (www.meetrickcrawford.com)
  • Rick Crawford. Blog: A Uniting Issue: Ending Sex Selection Abortion. 6 June 2012. "Earlier this year British police gathered material that showed three doctors agreeing to arrange terminations for women who wanted to end their pregnancies after discovering the sex of the child. It is a crime in England to terminate a pregnancy based on gender [¦] but not in the United States. The phrase 'war on women' is trotted out in election years to score political points, but this is the real war on girls and women, and it is time for America to lead the way in ending this legally-sanctioned discrimination. In 2003 partial-birth abortion was banned in the United Stateswith strong bipartisan support. While the ban on partial-birth abortion was backed by 63 House Democrats, today only 20 support ending gender-selection abortion. It is my hope that as people voice opposition to aborting babies because of their gender, Congress will outlaw this disturbing practice." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Defense PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Defense PAC endorsed Rick Crawford in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Rick Crawford voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Rick Crawford. Providing for the Common Defense. 18 May 2012. "To reflect the concern of our nation's mounting debt, the National Defense Authorization Act restores fiscal discipline to the Defense Department. While ending the era of deficit spending is paramount, Congress also must make sure that our fighting forces have the resources they need in an increasingly dangerous world. Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms. Our nation must honor the sacrifice and commitment to service members and their families. While no amount of money can adequately compensate service members, the National Defense Authorization Act does provide for a modest pay increase and extend bonus pay. Service to our nation is a prepayment of healthcare benefits in retirement, and this legislation extends that commitment. Calls to increase TRICARE fees and establish new fees are rejected in the bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Rick Crawford voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Rick Crawford voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Mississippi Grassroots Caucus: 2012 Delta Questionnaire. Responded "As Congress looks to balance the federal budget and pay down our national debt, our military commanders are looking at ways to trim their budgets. I am in favor of listening to commanders in the field and military leaders about how they think we can reduce military spending." to the question: "a. Reductions in foreign military interventions and exorbitant weapons systems to provide funds for America's economic recovery: By far the largest potential areas for spending reductions are the military budget, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. While there are many different points of view, many people in the Delta would not support cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid." (www.mdgc.us)
  • National Defense PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Defense PAC endorsed Rick Crawford in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Rick Crawford. Congressman Crawford Statement on May Jobs Report. 3 June 2011. "The abysmal May jobs report is just another link in a disappointing chain of bad economic news. The rise in unemployment is proof President Obama's plan to spend our way out of an economic crisis is just plain bad policy. As a small business owner, I know to restore faith in our economy we need a long term economic plan that focuses on reducing our national debt, encourages private-sector job creation, and reforms the way Washington does business. An economic plan that lowers taxes, reduces burdensome regulations on small businesses and farms, and stops smothering future generations with mounds of suffocating debt. America can pull itself out of this economic hole if the government stops obstructing growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Issue Position: Economy. 27 June 2011. "In order to get our country back on track, we must create certainty for businesses by reducing the regulatory burden and permanently lowering taxes. Moreover, I support efforts to overhaul the current tax system by broadening the tax base and lowering the corporate tax rate. These measures would have immediate and long-term effects by spurring job growth and making America more internationally competitive. One of my first acts as a Member of Congress was to introduce legislation that eliminates the 1099 paperwork requirement included in ObamaCare. This provides immediate relief to small businesses allowing them to redirect resources and focus on job creation. I also co-sponsored legislation that permanently extends the Bush tax cuts and repeals the estate tax." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Crawford Proposes Deficit Plan that Includes Balanced Budget Amendment and Millionaires Tax. 15 March 2012. "Most all major accomplishments in Washington happen when both parties work together, and this often means each side accepts something they don't necessarily like. I hope Republicans consider passing a balanced budget amendment important enough to allow asking millionaires to pay a little more on their income over $1 million, and I hope Democrats will recognize this good-faith effort and stop blocking a balanced budget amendment that will fundamentally alter the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Statement on the Budget Control Act. 29 July 2011. "Tonight I voted in favor of the Budget Control Act because it implements permanent structural change to the way Washington does business and does not raise taxes in the middle of a recession. While this plan is not perfect, it has the potential to pass the Senate and be signed into law by the president. One of the most crucial pieces of the plan is a guaranteed vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment, to ensure this Congress - and every future Congress - lives within its means like the rest of America. I look forward to the Senate bringing the Budget Control Act to the floor so we can get our country back on sound fiscal footing." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus: 2012 Delta Questionnaire. Responded "In March, I introduced legislation aimed at fixing the problem. My bill, the Shared Responsibility in Preserving America's Future Act would require Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment in exchange for a 5% surtax on individual income over $1 million a year. Without a balanced budget amendment added to the Constitution, I have little faith in Washington's ability to kick its spending addiction. Additionally, the 5% surtax on individual income exceeding $1 million a year would generate $400 billion over 10 years that could be used to pay down our national debt. Permanent spending caps and funds to pay down the national debt will be a signal to job creators that Washington is serious about getting the economy back on track and putting people back to work." to the question: ""Big picture" question on your priorities for job creation and economic recovery: It is clear that the economy requires a much stronger recovery to put people back to work, spending cuts, and more revenue to jump-start economic development while getting our fiscal house in order. What are your top priorities in job creation and economic recovery?" (www.mdgc.us)
  • Rick Crawford. ATR Releases 2012 List of Federal Pledge Signers in Arkansas. 21 May 2012. "Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of incumbents and challengers in Arkansas who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, May 22nd. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows: Incumbents John Boozman (SEN) Rick Crawford (AR-01) Tim Griffin (AR-02) Steve Womack (AR-03) Challengers Tom Cotton (AR-04)" (www.atr.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Balancing the Budget with Shared Responsibility. 16 March 2012. "My bill contains two important measures. First, it requires the passage of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. I have longed advocated for a balanced budget amendment that will force this Congress and all future Congresses to stop spending money that we do not have. After the balanced budget amendments passes, a 5 percent surtax would go into effect for individual income over $ 1 million a year. The 5 percent surtax would only be on income over $1 million. Taxes would not increase at all on anyone making $1 million or less under my proposal. Additionally, small businesses that file their taxes as individuals would be protected under my plan. Most all major accomplishments in Washington happen when both parties work together, and this often means each side accepts something they don't necessarily like. I hope Republicans consider passing a balanced budget amendment important enough to allow asking millionaires to pay a little more on their income over $1 million, and I hope Democrats will recognize this good-faith effort and stop blocking a balanced budget amendment that will fundamentally alter the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus: 2012 Delta Questionnaire. Responded "In March, I introduced legislation aimed at fixing the problem. My bill, the Shared Responsibility in Preserving America's Future Act would require Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment in exchange for a 5% surtax on individual income over $1 million a year. Without a balanced budget amendment added to the Constitution, I have little faith in Washington's ability to kick its spending addiction. Additionally, the 5% surtax on individual income exceeding $1 million a year would generate $400 billion over 10 years that could be used to pay down our national debt. Permanent spending caps and funds to pay down the national debt will be a signal to job creators that Washington is serious about getting the economy back on track and putting people back to work." to the question: "'Big picture' question on your priorities for job creation and economic recovery: It is clear that the economy requires a much stronger recovery to put people back to work, spending cuts, and more revenue to jump-start economic development while getting our fiscal house in order. What are your top priorities in job creation and economic recovery?" (www.mdgc.us)
  • Rick Crawford signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Rick Crawford. Congressman Crawford Statement on May Jobs Report. 3 June 2011. "The abysmal May jobs report is just another link in a disappointing chain of bad economic news. The rise in unemployment is proof President Obama's plan to spend our way out of an economic crisis is just plain bad policy. As a small business owner, I know to restore faith in our economy we need a long term economic plan that focuses on reducing our national debt, encourages private-sector job creation, and reforms the way Washington does business. An economic plan that lowers taxes, reduces burdensome regulations on small businesses and farms, and stops smothering future generations with mounds of suffocating debt. America can pull itself out of this economic hole if the government stops obstructing growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Issue Position:Economy. 27 June 2011. "It is clear our economy faces unprecedented challenges. The financial crisis of 2008 highlighted how quickly the economy can make a sharp downturn and put millions of American citizens out of work. I have heard from the hardworking people of Arkansas's First District who face financial strains and don't know where their next paycheck will come from. Unfortunately, the policies intended to put Americans back to work had the opposite effect and the unemployment rate has continued to grow. The bailouts of private industries put government in the business of picking winners and losers instead of allowing the free-market to self-correct. The stimulus boondoggle added another trillion dollars to our national debt and did nothing to create jobs. And the government takeover of healthcare has put in jeopardy one-fifth of our nation's economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Jobless Numbers Prove We Can't Afford More of Pelosi and Obama. 4 September 2010. "With today's release of new national unemployment numbers showing that the jobless rate went up and that the US lost jobs for the third straight month, Republican Congressional Candidate Rick Crawford again called for drastic changes in Washington. Crawford Stated, 'The Washington politicians may just see these unemployment numbers as stats on a sheet, but here in the First District I see everyday these folks and the hard time they are having because of the misguided leadership in Congress. While the Obama/Pelosi economic quagmire continues, families across Arkansas are losing their jobs, farms and businesses. The liberals in Washington are out of control and if there isn't a serious change in direction at once even more people are going to be in real trouble. The next Congress must start on day one by extending the 01 and 03 small business tax cuts and aggressively cutting back Washington's intrusion into our families' lives.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Facebook: Timeline. 15 May 2012. "Yesterday we announced a $2 million federal grant for the new Delta Regional Airport, which has the potential to create great economic growth for Northeast Arkansas." (www.facebook.com)
  • Rick Crawford. Facebook: Timeline. 5 July 2011. "The Presidents stimulus did not work and actually cost taxpayers over $250,000 a job! If you think the way out of this Great Recession is by not implementing more policies like this, help me get to 30 likes..." (www.facebook.com)
  • Rick Crawford. Video: Rick Crawford's 3-Point Plan for Border Security. 9 March 2010. "Three phase plan to address border security and illegal immigration: [¦] The southern border [¦] We need to build a wall [¦] a defensible wall along that southern border [¦] once that wall is completed which can be paid with things like the stimulus bill and we can put some people back to work [¦] Phase 2..." (youtu.be)
  • Rick Crawford. Issue Position: Spending. 27 June 2011. "Out-of-control government spending is a byproduct of a broken Washington. For far too long, Republicans and Democrats alike have operated under the false assumption that they can spend their way into prosperity. This problem was exacerbated in the Pelosi-led Congress by bailouts of private enterprises, more than a trillion dollars worth of so-called stimulus spending, and the birth of a massive new entitlement program: Obamacare. I was elected to office to end Congress' reckless spending spree and chart our country on a better path. Let me be clear -- Congress has a spending problem, not a taxing problem. We cannot continue to finance these bad spending habits by borrowing from foreign countries like China, and sticking our children and grandchildren with the bill. We cannot continue to swipe the nation's credit card and live beyond our means. Since taking office, I have already successfully worked with other Members of Congress to cut more that $50 billion in non-defense discretionary spending. As long as I am a Member of Congress, I will remain committed to reining in government spending, balancing the budget, and returning to our nation's founding principles of limited government." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Rick Crawford. Crawford Votes for Small Business Tax Cut. 18 April 2012. "'Arkansas small businesses drive our rural economy. The 50,000 small businesses in our state employ over 477,000 people and today's tax cut will give these small businesses room to grow and hire more workers," said Crawford. "Additionally, generations of Arkansas families have taken great pride in being small business owners. The American Dream of building a business from the ground up is in jeopardy. The current tax burden placed on small business owners stifles entrepreneurship.' Specifically, H.R. 9 includes language that: * Allows a 20% tax deduction to all small businesses with fewer than 500 employees; * Helps 22 million hard-working small businesses retain and create jobs; * Prevents Washington from picking winners and losers in the marketplace." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Congressman Crawford Statement on May Jobs Report. 3 June 2011. "The abysmal May jobs report is just another link in a disappointing chain of bad economic news. The rise in unemployment is proof President Obama's plan to spend our way out of an economic crisis is just plain bad policy. As a small business owner, I know to restore faith in our economy we need a long term economic plan that focuses on reducing our national debt, encourages private-sector job creation, and reforms the way Washington does business. An economic plan that lowers taxes, reduces burdensome regulations on small businesses and farms, and stops smothering future generations with mounds of suffocating debt. America can pull itself out of this economic hole if the government stops obstructing growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Issue Position: Economy. 27 June 2011. "In order to get our country back on track, we must create certainty for businesses by reducing the regulatory burden and permanently lowering taxes. Moreover, I support efforts to overhaul the current tax system by broadening the tax base and lowering the corporate tax rate. These measures would have immediate and long-term effects by spurring job growth and making America more internationally competitive. One of my first acts as a Member of Congress was to introduce legislation that eliminates the 1099 paperwork requirement included in ObamaCare. This provides immediate relief to small businesses allowing them to redirect resources and focus on job creation. I also co-sponsored legislation that permanently extends the Bush tax cuts and repeals the estate tax." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Rick Crawford. No Child Left Behind reform discussed at Stuttgart education roundtable. 17 March 2012. "'The Student Success Act will change current law and give state and local school districts more authority to set curriculum,' his office said. Crawford said it would put more control back on the state level [¦] According to opencongress.org, the Student Success Act was introduced Feb. 8 and is sponsored by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn. Crawford said, by law, it would change current law by: ¢ 'Scrapping the practice of requiring states to label schools as making or not making 'adequate yearly progress;' ¢ 'Frees states to write their own policies regarding the proper interventions for low-performing schools • the feds would no longer mandate that all low-performing schools adopt supplemental tutoring or public school choice at a federally mandated point in time;' ¢ 'Allows states to develop academic standards that will have students ready for career or college by graduation, and drops the administration's federal effort to elbow its way into establishing academic standards;' ¢ 'Scraps NCLB's bureaucratic 'Highly Qualified Teacher' provision, which sought to ensure teacher quality by insisting upon new paperwork requirements;' and ¢ 'Scraps federal 'maintenance of effort' requirements which have limited the ability of states to trim school spending even when it is prudent or appropriate.'" (www.stuttgartdailyleader.com)
  • Rick Crawford. Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus. 2012 Delta Questionnaire. Responded "Teachers constantly tell me they want to return the responsibility of measuring student performance to states, local school boards and parents. I support legislation that gives local school districts the flexibility they need to meet the needs of their students. For example, agriculture education might not be important to a student in Miami, but here in Arkansas agriculture education is essential." to the question: "'Big picture' question on your priorities for job creation and economic recovery: It is clear that the economy requires a much stronger recovery to put people back to work, spending cuts, and more revenue to jump-start economic development while getting our fiscal house in order. What are your top priorities in job creation and economic recovery?" (www.mdgc.us)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Rick Crawford. Issue Position: Energy -- Affordable Fuel & Domestic Security. 27 June 2011. "Currently, the United States imports over 60 percent of the oil we consume, much of which comes from the Middle East and countries like Venezuela which do not share our commitment to basic human rights and individual liberty. The Energy Information Agency within the Department of Energy estimates that we could increase domestic oil production from 1.4 million barrels per day to 2.7 million barrels per day if we lifted the existing moratoria on offshore oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf. I support the immediate repeal of all limitations on oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf. Each area should be surveyed for domestic resources, environmental protections should only be reimposed where warranted, and the revenues from lease sales and production should be used to pay down the national debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Rick Crawford voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus. 2012 Delta Questionnaire. Responded: "The Obama Administration recently announced plans to restrict off-shore drilling for another five years. After the BP oil spill, strict new regulations were put in place to allow for safe and responsible drilling. Now we just need the Obama Administration to lift the ban on drilling and resume the sale of offshore oil leases and expand American energy production." tp the question: "Gas prices: We know that the federal government cannot totally control gas prices. But to the extent federal actions can deal with this issue, what policies in addition to expanded renewable energy“if any“would you support to reduce gas prices?" (www.mdgc.us)
  • Rick Crawford. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 18 February, 2011. "In light of this week's announcement that Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) has completed the initial well containment system, we again request an end to the de facto moratorium and a return to the timely and responsible issuance of offshore drilling permits." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Rick Crawford. Issue Position: Agriculture. 27 June 2011. "As a Member of the House Committee on Agriculture, I am responsible for writing policies that support our farmers and advance the interests of American agriculture. Unfortunately, the current Administration has put a squeeze on our farmers with excessive regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I have worked with my colleagues on oversight and will continue to do everything within my power to scale back the EPA's overreach. I have been particularly vocal on the House floor and in Committee about the EPA's proposal to regulate farm dust." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 18 February 2011. "Regardless of the production they are engaged in--poultry, cattle, cotton, rice, soybeans, whatever--the chief complaint of farmers in my district is the continued pressure placed on them by the onerous regulatory burdens of the Environmental Protection Agency. Now under the auspices of 'clean air,' the EPA wants to regulate dust. American farmers produce the safest, cheapest, and most abundant food supply on the planet. There are over 300 million mouths to feed in our country, and less than a million farmers engaged in the process of meeting that demand. Not to mention, global demand is growing exponentially where by the year 2050 there will be a total population of over 9 billion people. Folks, for centuries, America has led the way in agricultural production, and we will continue to be the leading producers of commodities so long as farmers aren't being stifled by crippling regulations and EPA overreach. Government should be aiding our efforts to lead the way in agricultural production, not hindering them. The regulatory regime must come to realize that our food is grown in the dirt and that, in the process of the production of that food, farmers are going to stir up a little dust." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Cap-And-Trade is Energy Snipe Hunt. 16 September 2009. "I've never thought that cap-and-trade was sound energy policy and after viewing this video, I'm more convinced than ever that this policy is an economic boondoggle that will only create higher taxes, increased energy costs, greater federal bureaucracy, and more political corruption." (www.meetrickcrawford.com)
  • Rick Crawford. Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus. 2012 Delta Questionnaire. Responded "No federal agency better reflects Washington's assault on rural Arkansas than the EPA. Arkansas farmers and ranchers live off the land, raise their families and earn an honest living by taking care of our natural resources. If anyone understands the importance of preserving our environment for future generations, it is the family farmer. Not only would I support asking the EPA to delay or reconsider harmful regulations, I have personally written to the EPA Administrator about the overreach of the EPA and authored legislation to keep the agency from harming farm families in Arkansas and the greater Delta region." to the question: "EPA and other regulations: The Delta Caucus partners are strong advocates for protecting the environment, but there are concerns that some of the new EPA regulations may inhibit job creation or retention and weaken the already fragile recovery. Would you support delaying implementation of EPA and other regulations that would inhibit job creation at least until the economy is fully recovered?" (www.mdgc.us)
  • Rick Crawford. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Rick Crawford voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Rick Crawford. Rick Crawford runs for Congress District 1. 16 March 2010. "I think the constitution is very clear about our right to keep and bare arms. We have a lot of laws in the books to regulate that. I think we're overregulated in that regard," Crawford says. (www.todaysthv.com)
  • Rick Crawford. 17 November 2011. "Protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans is paramount. Today's measure will give Arkansans with concealed carry permits the freedom to cross state lines and still be within compliance of the law. The new law will make state-issued concealed carry permits work much like a driver's license. A concealed carry permit from Arkansas would be recognized in every state that permits carrying concealed weapons." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Rick Crawford. Issue Position: Healthcare Reform -- Repeal & Replace. 27 June 2011. "The new healthcare entitlement program passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in March will provide taxpayer-funded health insurance for 32 million people. It raises taxes by half a trillion dollars and cuts Medicare by another half trillion. It was purported to control rapidly-rising medical costs; however, experts agree the bill actually does little to control costs. Many conservative Blue Dog Democrats, led by Majority Leader Hoyer, said the bill would be the most significant deficit reduction measure Congress would vote on this year. What these self-described conservative Democrats hid from the American people, however, was an expensive provision that was removed from the bill, only to be signed into law later this year. The result will swing the bill into the red by $100 billion. The longer-term costs will be multiples higher at a time when our country is already on the hook for $56.5 trillion in unfunded promises. This only increases the mounting and unbearable debt burden for the next generation." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Congressman Crawford Statement on ObamaCare's One Year Anniversary. 3 March 2011. "One year ago today, President Obama signed into law the most massive job-killing entitlement program America has ever seen. Since then, the implications of ObamaCare have come to light and small business owners and Americans understand its damaging consequences. I am proud to say one of the first votes I took in Congress was to repeal ObamaCare in its entirety. Since then I also voted to repeal the onerous 1099 tax requirement, which was tacked onto ObamaCare. While these are great strides in the right direction, more needs to be done. This legislation was forced down Americans' throats, and this Congress was sent to Washington to start truly representing the needs of our constituents. Throughout my term, I will continue to work diligently to repeal and replace the most burdensome requirements of ObamaCare." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Issue Position: Health Care. 27 June 2011. "We must ensure that the quality of health care afforded to our citizens remains the best in the world. Doctors and patients should make decisions, not Washington bureaucrats.. My first act as a new Member of Congress was to introduce H.R. 2, the Repeal the Job Killing Health Care Act. This bill will repeal ObamaCare's massive trillion dollar government takeover of almost one-fifth of the US economy. I am committed to repealing Obamacare. Since it is unlikely the President will sign a bill that will repeal his signature legislative achievement, I have also co-sponsored legislation that seeks to defund Obamacare and delays its implementation. Additionally, I co-sponsored legislation that was signed by the President to repeal the onerous 1099 filing requirement that would have required every small business to file a report with the IRS for every person or company it does over $600 of business with a year. This is an example of my commitment to finding and ending unfair and overreaching government bureaucracy and changing how Washington does business." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Rep. Crawford to Vote for Repeal of ObamaCare. 29 January 2011. "The people of the First District sent me to Washington to repeal ObamaCare and I will cast my vote in honor of my constituents. The repeal of ObamaCare not only takes irresponsible, tax-hiking, job-killing legislation off the books, but is also a solid first step towards a fiscally conscious Congress that legislates with our constituents' interests in mind. The 112th Congress is focused on lessening the burden on taxpayers and creating jobs for Americans, and the repeal of ObamaCare plays a major role in fulfilling our promise to restore fiscal sanity to Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Congressman Crawford Sponsors Responsible Legislation First Week in Office. 7 January 2011. "The repeal of 1099 and the Balanced Budget Amendment are two strong steps toward lessening the burden on America's small businesses and restoring fiscal responsibility to this country," said Congressman Rick Crawford. 'By co-sponsoring these bills, I am working to fulfill my promise to create jobs and bring fiscal sanity to Washington.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus. 2012 Delta Questionnaire. Responded: "President Obama's healthcare reform law that passed Congress two years ago did not address the chief barriers to healthcare in rural Arkansas: access and affordability. I favor a full repeal of Obamacare and a new reform that would address accessibility and affordability issues. We should not be creating new budget-busting entitlement programs when the ones we have are going bankrupt." to the question: "Health care: The Delta suffers from inadequate access to affordable, high-quality health care. This is harmful both to our health and to our region's economic situation. What policies would you advocate to improve health care in the underserved Delta?" (www.mdgc.us)
  • Rick Crawford. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Rick Crawford voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Rick Crawford. Rick Crawford's 3-Point Plan for Border Security. 9 March 2010. "Phase two: That period of time 6 to 9 months where we would allow any undocumented worker or any illegal immigrant to go back to one of those 8 to 10 points of entry and register. Now they're on the grid. They don't get a drivers license, they don't get a benefit card, but they get an ID card so we know they're there, and we would require them to renew that registration on an annual basis. Once that 6 to 9 months period has elapsed, we enter the active force phase of enforcement to find those illegals and those who have not registered. It is assumed that they are in this country for illicit purposes...and we take the appropriate action." (youtu.be)
  • Rick Crawford. Crawford Condemns Injunction on Immigration Law in Arizona. 30 July 2010. "In April, Arizona passed SB 1070. The most controversial parts of the sweeping law require police officers to 'make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested.' The law also makes it a crime to 'for an unauthorized alien to solicit, apply for or perform work.' It is already a violation of Federal law for an employer to knowingly hire or employ an illegal alien Crawford says, 'The Arizona law is a common sense law. A police officer should be free to run a background check on anyone he stops for violation of a traffic law. The officer should not be the subject of a Federal lawsuit; he should be applauded for doing good police work. The Administration should drop its lawsuit.' This month the Obama Administration, acting through Attorney General Eric Holder, sued Arizona, claiming the Federal government has sole responsibility for addressing immigration issues. Judge Bolton issued the injunction in response to the Obama Administration's lawsuit. The injunction temporarily prevents the above-described sections from going into effect. 'The old joke used to be, 'we're from the government and we're here to help." However, now the Obama Administration is telling Arizona, 'we're from the government and we're here to prevent you from helping.'' Crawford continued, 'It is hypocritical for Eric Holder to sue Arizona for dealing with a problem the Obama Administration has failed to address. The residents of the First District can be sure when I'm elected; I will not duck the tough issues.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Rick Crawford's 3-Point Plan for Border Security. 9 March 2010. "That period of time 6 to 9 months where we would allow any undocumented worker or any illegal immigrant to go back to one of those 8 to 10 points of entry and register. Now they're on the grid. They don't get a drivers license, they don't get a benefit card, but they get an ID card so we know they're there, and we would require them to renew that registration on an annual basis. Once that 6 to 9 months period has elapsed, we enter the active force phase of enforcement to find those illegals and those who have not registered. It is assumed that they are in this country for illicit purposes...and we take the appropriate action." (youtu.be)
  • Rick Crawford. Crawford Condemns Injunction on Immigration Law in Arizona. 30 July 2010. "In April, Arizona passed SB 1070. The most controversial parts of the sweeping law require police officers to 'make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested.' The law also makes it a crime to 'for an unauthorized alien to solicit, apply for or perform work.' It is already a violation of Federal law for an employer to knowingly hire or employ an illegal alien Crawford says, 'The Arizona law is a common sense law. A police officer should be free to run a background check on anyone he stops for violation of a traffic law. The officer should not be the subject of a Federal lawsuit; he should be applauded for doing good police work. The Administration should drop its lawsuit.' This month the Obama Administration, acting through Attorney General Eric Holder, sued Arizona, claiming the Federal government has sole responsibility for addressing immigration issues. Judge Bolton issued the injunction in response to the Obama Administration's lawsuit. The injunction temporarily prevents the above-described sections from going into effect. 'The old joke used to be, "we're from the government and we're here to help." However, now the Obama Administration is telling Arizona, "we're from the government and we're here to prevent you from helping."' Crawford continued, 'It is hypocritical for Eric Holder to sue Arizona for dealing with a problem the Obama Administration has failed to address. The residents of the First District can be sure when I'm elected; I will not duck the tough issues.'" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Rick Crawford. Rick Crawford runs for Congress District 1. 16 March 2010. "I don't support gay marriage. I think the definition of marriage is defined in traditional American values as one man and one woman. I think we should respect that." (www.todaysthv.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Rick Crawford in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Crawford. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "In April, a memo from the Navy Chief of Chaplains issued new guidance to ignore federal law, which was temporarily suspended. On September 30, 2011 the General Counsel of the Department of Defense (DoD) released a second memorandum stating that in connection with the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT), the "use of the DoD real property and facilities for private functions, including religious and other ceremonies, should be made on a sexual-orientation neutral basis." This statement is nothing more than a reissuing of the original April guidance. Rather than using the term "marriage," the Department of Defense has merely written the guidance broadly in an attempt to avoid questions about whether its policy is in violation of DOMA. The application, however, of this new policy will undoubtedly violate DOMA. This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law. When the House of Representatives passed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in April, the Akin and Hartzler amendments were adopted which clarify that federal employees and federal property can only be used to support marriages in a manner consistent with DOMA. We recognize the National Defense Authorization Act is well underway and needed funds for our troops should be expedited without delay. However, we respectfully request that an amendment similar to that passed by the House be included to ensure that this administration follow the law as written and comply with DOMA. It is not the place of any citizen of this country to pick and choose which laws will be obeyed. We expect citizens sworn to defend those laws to set the example in their application." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Rick Crawford signed Laura Ingraham's: 2010 Ten for '10 Pledge. "End Generational Theft. As few believe America's entitlement programs will be able to pay benefits to future generations, provide younger workers the choice of diverting payroll/Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts" (www.lauraingraham.com)
  • Arkansas Business: Chad Causey, Rick Crawford in Heated Race for East Arkansas Seat. 18 October 2010. "Crawford said at a Republican gathering in March that he supported allowing people "my age or younger" to invest in private accounts for Soc ial Security." [...] "Crawford wouldn't say in an interview whether he supports private accounts, saying he wants to look at ways to keep Social Security around for future generations. "I have supported the idea of making sure that Social Security is solvent, which it's not right now," Crawford said." (votesmart.org)

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