Congressman Crawford Joins With Group Seeking Greater Engagement With Cuba

Dec 16, 2015

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas' 1st Congressional district joined with nine other members of the House of Representatives Wednesday to announce the formation of the Cuba Working Group. The bi-partisan coalition is seeking greater U.S. engagement with the communist island nation, which was recently visited by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and a delegation of business leaders.

They see Cuba as an emerging market for Arkansas agricultural produccts at a time when relations are being normalized. A key request from Hutchinson is that Congress enable the credit needed for such trade, as today it is cash-based.

Crawford, a Republican, spoke with KUAR's Michael Hibblen about the goals of the newly formed group. You can hear the interview above.