Crawford courts Floridians on Cuba
U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford wants to make it easier for farmers to do business in Cuba, but his legislation faces opposition from some members of the Florida congressional delegation.
On Thursday, the Republican from Jonesboro made his case directly to Floridians, speaking at a forum sponsored by Florida International University’s Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy.
Crawford spoke from Washington, D.C., joining other panelists in Miami. The roughly 45-minute event was broadcast on Facebook Live.
The federal government doesn’t allow farmers to extend credit to Cuban purchasers. Removing the restriction increases the likelihood that Cubans will buy Arkansas rice and give U.S. agriculture a boost, Crawford said.
Arkansas’ 1st Congressional District, which Crawford represents, produces more rice than any other district in the United States.
Legislation allowing credit sales is popular among farmers and has substantial support on Capitol Hill, he said, noting similar efforts by his Republican colleague, U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Rogers.
“We’re building support in the House, and we already know that the support is there in the Senate,” he said. “We are actively working this issue as aggressively as we can.”