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Rick Crawford's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AR) - District 1, Republican
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Rick Crawford has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (
  • "Further, I have co-sponsored legislation that prohibits government funding for abortions." (
  • "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." (
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by US Chamber of Commerce (
  • Signed a pledge stating "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." (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The bailouts of private industries put government in the business of picking winners and losers instead of allowing the free-market to self-correct." (
  • "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." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by US Chamber of Commerce (
  • "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." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We ask that the Fiscal Year 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services include language to restore state decision making and accountability with respect to state academic content standards." (
  • "I support legislation that gives local school districts the flexibility they need to meet the needs of their students." (
  • "USDA's new school nutrition regulations are not working and are leaving students hungry. In October, I hosted a Nutrition Summit in my district where I listened to school administrators, parents, nutritionists and teachers tell me how the nutrition guidelines are affecting their students. The Sensible School Lunch Act addresses the concerns I heard late last year and gives individual school districts the flexibility they need to feed their students." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • "The Keystone Project had the great potential to create thousands of American jobs and make our country less dependent on Middle Eastern oil. My constituents need jobs. President Obama's rejection of the Keystone Project is a major blow to the employees at Welspun in Little Rock who planned to make pipe for the project." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "To ensure a balanced energy supply, we need to continue our nation's investments in wind, solar, geothermal, and bio-based fuels." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." (
  • "Yesterday, President Obama announced a new push for a package of environmental regulations that will constitute what his top climate advisor calls a 'war on coal.' Increasing regulations to punish this industry, causing massive price increases for consumers and killing jobs, is a wrongheaded and destructive approach for Arkansas families." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (
  • "I will not support laws that would infringe on law-abiding citizens' constitutional right to own a firearm. The Second Amendment guarantees this right and protects it against infringement." (
  • "Protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans is paramount." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "The undersigned Members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) are writing to respectfully request that you schedule a vote on full repeal of Obamacare before February 13, 2015, when the House takes its first recess of the year." (
  • "My first act as a new Member of Congress was to introduce H.R. 2, the Repeal the Job Killing Health Care Act. I am committed to repealing Obamacare." (
  • "Throughout my term, I will continue to work diligently to repeal and replace the most burdensome requirements of ObamaCare." (
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "No matter what kind of bill ultimately makes it to the floor of the House for a vote, I will only support a measure that secures the border first, prevents amnesty, and puts Americans back to work." (
  • 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. [...] While my views on amnesty and reforming our broken guest worker system have not changed, this trip opened my eyes to the urgent need to provide additional resources to bolster our defenses against drug cartels whose capabilities are far-reaching." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While the court has made its decision, my convictions remain unchanged -- marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman. I have always supported traditional marriage and will continue to do so as Northeast Arkansas' Representative to Congress." (
  • "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." (
  • Signed a letter stating "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." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Crawford: Expect more ISIS-related attacks if U.S. doesn't respond swiftly" (
  • "I do think the president has come a long way in recognizing that ‘yes’ we do have to take action." (
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Crawford said at a Republican gathering in March that he supported allowing people "my age or younger" to invest in private accounts for Social Security." (
  • Signed a pledge stating "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." (


Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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