Recent Press Releases and News

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw issued the following statement in recognition of this Sunday’s 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist bombings against the homeland:

“We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001 when we learned terrorists had struck our nation. The pictures of the destruction are forever etched on our minds. The next day, the world as we all knew it changed.

“Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones who lost their lives and were injured that day. In all their names, we fight to rid the globe of ISIS and all terrorists whose mission it is to threaten or harm us or our allies.

“This heinous brand of terrorism must be stopped. As a Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, I have and will continue to support the steps necessary to make that happen. The strategy toward this goal must be long-term and comprehensive.

“We are a nation that never forgets, and our mission of peace and freedom for all moves forward. We are united in this commitment, knowing that we and our allies will ultimately emerge stronger and more resolute. There is no room for anything less.”

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WASHINGTON, DC – To provide Florida with more funding to combat the Zika threat, Congressman Ander Crenshaw today (8/3) joined the entire Florida U.S. House delegation in requesting the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) readjust the current allocation formula for Zika-specific funds. The request was made in the attached letter to CDC Director Tom Frieden.

Crenshaw, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, issued the following statement regarding the status of federal funding to battle Zika:

“Florida rests in the bullseye of an emerging public health threat and deserves every possible piece of funding to combat Zika. That’s why I voted on June 23 to provide $1.1 billion to stop the spread of this disease. The additional step of readjusting the CDC Zika-specific formula is also needed to provide Florida with a greater share of funding to tackle Zika.

“With the public’s health at risk, there is no time to waste on political gamesmanship. Rather than advance the $1.1 billion in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Zika Response Appropriations Act, Senate Democrats have blocked the bill’s movement. Moreoever, I also joined my colleagues in demanding that the White House apply $600 million in unused Ebola funding to the Zika fight to no avail. That course must be corrected. And, while I share in the support for $8 million in Zika-specific CDC funding for Florida, our state needs and deserves more.”

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Dear Director Frieden:

We write to urge you to reconsider the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) current allocation formula for Zika-specific funds being distributed amongst U.S. states and territories. As you know, today the CDC announced that the State of Florida will receive $720,000 in new funding for detecting and monitoring microcephaly and other adverse birth outcomes as a result of Zika virus infection out of a total of $16 million that is being divided between 40 states and territories. This amounts to a paltry 4.5% of funding made available, despite the fact that almost half of all confirmed non-travel cases of the disease in the continental United States have now been linked to mosquito transmission in Florida.

Yesterday, the State of Florida’s Department of Health (FDOH) announced that the total number of Zika virus cases linked to mosquito transmission had increased to 14. This is almost half of all confirmed non-travel cases in the continental U.S., including 15 cases likely via sexual transmission, and one case via laboratory exposure. The new mosquito-related cases are currently confined to a single neighborhood in Miami-Dade County, but that serves neither as comfort to the residents of Florida, nor as a limitation to the continued transmission of the disease by mosquitoes throughout other neighborhoods across the state.

We appreciate the efforts that your agency has taken to closely coordinate with state officials, including the provision of essential emergency Zika virus antibody test kits and for the more than $8 million dollars in Zika-specific funding the CDC has already distributed to Florida. However, because of the potential for explosive spread of the virus via mosquito transmission through heavily-populated regions of the state, we urge you, in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations, to reconsider the current allocation formula for Zika-specific funds. If funds are truly allocated based on the risk of Zika virus transmission and population need, the State of Florida must receive a far greater share of available funds given the concerning developments linking new cases of the virus to local mosquitoes in Miami-Dade County. Augmented CDC funding provided to FDOH and county health and emergency preparedness departments is critical to effectively dealing with this emerging public health crisis.

Signed by all 27 Members of the U.S. House Delegation from Florida

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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