Recent Press Releases and News

WASHINGTON, DC – As millions of Americans finalize their tax returns, Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, today issued the following statement ahead of the April 18 tax-filing day:

“At the doorstep of ‘tax day,’ citizens across Northeast Florida and the nation need no reminder of the frustrations that accompany filing their annual return. Year after year, they send their hard-earned dollars to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), but have yet to see accountability from this agency, not to mention a simpler tax code that will allow them to keep more money in their wallets to use as they see fit.

“Enacting FairTax legislation and delivering sweeping IRS reforms to ensure this agency effectively and efficiently uses taxpayer dollars will deliver the relief that individuals, families, and businesses deserve. We’ve made headway with 73 co-sponsors on the Fair Tax Act of 2015 and, as head of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Service, be assured I will demand accountability from America’s tax-collecting agency as it seeks more money from Congress for operations.

“The easy-to-understand FairTax would wipe out thousands of pages of regulations and loopholes and leave in place a transparent national sales tax on goods and services administered primarily by the states. Federal income taxes and the FICA payroll tax would be eliminated, and the IRS would no longer be needed.

“In next year’s budget request, the IRS is asking for a $1 billion or 9.3 percent increase, yet less than 20 percent of the budget increases are for taxpayer services, strengthening cyber security, and eliminative identity theft. These and good government provisions such as guards against spending for lavish conferences and video productions and prohibiting targeting of taxpayers based on ideological belief and fully protecting the confidentiality of taxpayer information must be part of the equation.

“There’s no reward for poor performance. The IRS has a ways to go to clean up its act, and I’ve got no problem with using the appropriations process to help them reach this goal.”

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw today (4/13) released the following statement regarding the upcoming 2016 elections:

“After a great deal of reflection, I have decided not to seek re-election this fall. Representing the Congressional District where my family has lived for four generations has been a tremendous privilege. I am proud of the work we have accomplished for the citizens of Northeast Florida and our nation during my time in Congress. Progress is measured in projects completed and lives impacted, and I think we made a difference. Now, it is time to turn the page on this chapter of my life and see what’s next.”

Congressman Ander Crenshaw was elected to Congress from the Fourth Congressional District of Florida in November 2000. Prior to coming to Congress, he worked in the private sector as an investment banker and served in the Florida House and Senate where he was elected its first Republican President.

A member of the House Appropriations Committee, he chairs the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee and serves on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee.

Crenshaw is a highly respected voice on defense issues and a champion for our men and women in uniform. He led the way to bring the National Veterans Cemetery and a new Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic to Jacksonville. His focus on the strategic importance of our local military installations resulted in more ships and more planes for Naval Station Mayport and Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

In 2013, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus recognized Crenshaw's dedication to the nation's Sailors and Marines and awarded him the Navy's highest civilian honor - The Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.

Crenshaw’s commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities led to the enactment of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act – landmark legislation and the first major disability reform in 25 years. The ABLE Act provides for the creation of tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. Now millions of Americans have a new tool to plan for their future, achieve their dreams, and live more independent lives.

During his time in Congress, Crenshaw has lived by the philosophy of former President Ronald Reagan, “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit.” While Crenshaw’s work might not have always made the headlines, his mark and legacy to his community will be felt for generations to come.

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Recent Speeches and Statements

Congressman Ander Crenshaw commended the heroism of the late WWII Veteran Clyde L. Hillhouse in a floor speech and urged colleagues to pass legislation naming the White Springs, Florida Post Office in his honor.
Congressman Crenshaw addresses his House colleagues on on November 7, 2009 with concerns over how health care reform will impact the nation's military.

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