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The president released his fiscal year 2017 budget proposal on Tuesday (2/9). I will scrutinize its contents - line by line - to ensure that our nation’s treasure is not squandered on wasteful programs or harmful tax hikes. There’s a lot of work ahead, but one area has broad bipartisan support - the size and capability of our Navy fleet. The world is a dangerous place. Make no mistake, my fight will focus on building the most robust, highly-capable fleet.

Over the history of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, our Sailors and Marines have been asked to perform amazing feats and win astounding victories. From Tripoli to Midway, from Inchon to the Persian Gulf, our forces have protected the nation. The strategy for over 200 years has been to take the fight to the enemy away from our shores with the Navy and Marine Corps as our rapid-response away team.

When it comes to quickly responding to dangerous forces around the world, our Navy must be present closest to where the fight is. To achieve this goal, quantity is a quality of its own. Higher ship counts give us flexibility in tailoring our response to world threats. More ships in more places mean our nation can be more responsive to more threats and helpful to more allies; less ships give us less options and less ability to protect our interests around the globe. A larger fleet also reduces the stress on our ships, Sailors, and Marines who have recently seen deployments lasting ten months or longer.

Having a large fleet is not enough; we must ensure that we maximize the combat effectiveness of each ship. I am encouraged by the Navy’s renewed focus on technologies that will improve ship lethality. I am also encouraged to see progress in advanced rail gun technology, advanced air defense radar, and the progress made in the littoral combat ships’ ability to fight against enemy submarines.

However, we must avoid shortsighted curtailment in ship procurement or early retirement of combat-capable warships. Planning and construction takes longer than most acquisition programs because ships are designed for a 40-year lifetime. Decisions made today can affect the Navy fleet for over 30 years.

Recently, debate has focused on how our Naval strategy must choose between building a fleet of smaller, less capable ships to maintaining a worldwide presence versus a larger, more capable fleet to deter and fight great power fleets. The choice between capability and ship numbers is a false one. We must continue to build the number of ships needed to meet our obligations across the globe while developing the technologies that make them the most powerful force in the sea. The world is not getting any safer or any smaller; our national security will continue to demand more ships in the fleet, not fewer.

- Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) serves as senior Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, recently honored Mildred Atkinson Ogilvie, of Callahan, Florida, for celebrating her 100 birthday with a formal statement in the official Congressional Record. The following is a transcript of his remarks:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Mildred Atkinson Ogilvie for celebrating her 100th birthday on January 1, 2016.

“Mildred Ogilvie was born the youngest of nine children to Jesse and Agatha Atkinson in Callahan, Florida on January 1st, 1916. Mildred's parents passed away when she was still young, but her older siblings kept the family together and continued to raise them in Callahan. In 1932, at the age of 16, Mildred married Bill Ogilvie. Mildred and Bill had four children together--Marlin, Dallas, Harold, and Cheryl.

“Mildred has lived her entire life in Northeast Florida. While raising her four children, Mildred also helped her husband Bill run his many businesses, including grocery stores and laundromats.

“Mildred celebrated her birthday at the Jacksonville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by 35 family members, including nieces, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Her niece, Gwen Harvey, fondly recalled walking to Mildred and Bill's grocery store to see their beautiful smiling aunt, knowing that she would walk away with a cold Pepsi-Cola.

“Despite being orphaned at a young age, Mildred and all eight of her siblings went on to become successful adults.

“Mr. Speaker, I ask you and Members of Congress to join me in congratulating Mildred Ogilvie on overcoming great obstacles, serving as a model for a life well lived, and on celebrating 100 full years of life.”

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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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