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1. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Rick Crawford (Republican)
Oppose
2. Immigration: Building a wall or other barrier along the entire border with Mexico.
Rick Crawford (Republican)
Support
3. Religious Liberty: Allowing churches to endorse candidates by abolishing the Johnson Amendment.
Rick Crawford (Republican)
Support
I believe churches should have the option to forego their tax free status if they choose to engage in paid political activities or fundraising activities involving political issues. If they prefer to retain their tax free status, I believe it is appropriate that they refrain from the aforementioned activities. In any case, I believe all Americans should have the right to free speech, however, I don’t believe political speech or related activities should be funded by taxpayer dollars.
4. Electoral College: Electing the President of the United States by a nationwide popular vote rather than by the Electoral College method that is currently in use.
Rick Crawford (Republican)
Oppose
5. Balanced Budget: Requiring a balanced federal budget every year.
Rick Crawford (Republican)
Support
6. Abortion: Prohibiting abortions except in cases when the mother’s life is at risk.
Rick Crawford (Republican)
Support
7. Guns: Reinstating the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban.
Rick Crawford (Republican)
Oppose
8. Civil Liberties: Amending the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Rick Crawford (Republican)
Oppose
9. Marijuana: Enforcing federal anti-marijuana laws in states like Arkansas that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana.
Rick Crawford (Republican)
Support
10. Sanctuary Cities: Ending sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants.
Rick Crawford (Republican)
Support
11. What should be done about the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants who are in the U.S.?
Rick Crawford (Republican)
Illegal immigration is becoming an even more challenging problem than it has in years past due to the Obama Administration’s illegal actions with regard to DACA recipients. When it comes to those here illegally, we need to enact reforms to our immigration laws that require employers to utilize E-Verify as well as reforms to guest worker programs used by many seasonal employers. Documenting who these immigrants are is important to our national security and anyone who does not want to follow our laws should be held accountable for their actions. Any changes to the DACA program should, at the very least, include changes to our border security recognizing that outside threats to our county are looking for ways to destabilize our nation.
12. How can the U.S. prevent mass shootings?
Rick Crawford (Republican)
I fully support the ongoing dialogue with respect to school safety on how to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future. Finding the delicate balance between protecting the safety of all Americans without ignoring the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens is one of the most difficult challenges of lawmakers. It is imperative to find ways to make our communities safer, while also protecting Americans' Second Amendment rights. Many school districts in Arkansas have taken measures to further protect their schools and I encourage all levels of government, as well as administrators and parents, to continue to work on ways to keep the public safe from those who may wish to do harm.
13. What type of health care reform do you support?
Rick Crawford (Republican)
I support patient-centered health care where individuals have more freedom and control to make important health related decisions in their own lives. Healthcare plans should be portable, allowing individuals to take their plans with them to a new job or in the event they lost their job, either involuntarily or on their own accord. Other cost-saving measures would be to allow small businesses to pool together to purchase plans at lower costs and keep state insurance departments as the primary regulators of coverage.