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Prosecutor Scott Ellington Urges Congressman Crawford to Put Arkansas Families First

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Location: Jonesboro, AR

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington has urged Congressman Crawford to explain his decision to put Arkansas farmers and seniors on the back burner while he attends a $25,000 per person Little Rock fundraiser.

Crawford is an ardent supporter of Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan's failed budget proposal that would effectively end Medicare as we know it in order to give tax breaks to millionaires and big corporations.

"With hardworking Arkansas still struggling in this economy, Congressman Rick Crawford is hob knobbing with millionaires and lobbyists at a luxury dinner that comes at a cost of $25,000 a person. Most of us can't afford to pay $25 a person for dinner much less $25,000," said Prosecutor Scott Ellington. "With his plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program in order to protect tax breaks for millionaires, it's no wonder he rather be in the company of his wealthy friends rather than seniors struggling to pay for their prescription drugs."

BACKGROUND:
Congressman Crawford to Attend Little Rock Fundraiser [KARK, 8/22/12]

Congressman Crawford Voted for Ryan Budget That Ends Medicare. Congressman Crawford voted for two budgets authored by Congressman Paul Ryan. Together, these budgets that would end Medicare's guaranteed benefit and provide people earning more than $1 million a year with an average tax cut of $265,000. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office estimated it will increase health care costs by an extra $6,359 by 2022 for future Medicare beneficiaries. [H Con. Res. 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12; Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132; Citizens for Tax Justice, 3/22/12; CBO,4/5/11; CNN, 3/23/12]


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