Recent Press Releases and News

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today (10/16) issued the following statement on the growing Ebola crisis:

“The growing Ebola crisis in Western Africa, new cases here in the United States, in combination with the virus’s impact to other countries warrants the highest level of attention across all governments. At home, it’s clear we are not ready and have to do more to stop this deadly disease cold. This is a real threat to our nation’s health and security; quicker response and better procedures are needed.

“Moving forward, President Obama must assure a worried nation that Ebola will spread no further. That means a clearer flow of information and stronger display of leadership about how American lives, including front-line health care workers, will be protected. Among the steps he should consider is a temporary travel ban from Western African countries to the United States.

“Concerns about the possibility of this sort of outbreak prompted Congress to provide more Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funding than requested. And, this morning, hearings on Capitol Hill have begun. Congress will continue to assess the response to date and how it can be improved, and the House stands ready to act if legislation is needed to counter Ebola’s growing threat.”

“We pray for the safety of the U.S. military that has been called into action to stem Ebola’s tide and we keep all who are fighting against the ravages of this horrific disease front and center.”

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WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, will tour Naval Base San Diego and Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California on Tuesday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 15. San Diego is the homeport for the Navy’s West Coast Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fleet.

With the United States Navy’s planned homeport of the East Coast LCS fleet at Naval Station Mayport, Crenshaw will use first-hand information from the San Diego tour to ensure Mayport has the resources it needs for the LCS homeporting. During the San Diego visit, Crenshaw will view LCS operations at the base, discuss training and maintenance with top Navy and industry personnel, and sail on the USS Freedom (LCS1).

“The first six Littoral Combat Ships of the East Coast fleet will begin arriving at Mayport in 2016 with more ships expected by 2020 – an example of the key and lasting role of the LCS and Jacksonville to our national security,” said Crenshaw. “My top priority is to ensure our military has the resources it needs whenever and wherever needed. The San Diego tour will provide valuable, first-hand information that I will put to use on Capitol Hill in my continued fight for a strong military that includes a smooth transition for homeporting the LCS on the First Coast.”

“With its strategic location, Naval Station Mayport is the perfect fit for the LCS, cruisers, and the three-ship Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) already there,” Crenshaw continued. “Naval Station Mayport and all our First Coast military assets help anchor our national security. As the only Florida member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I am committed to making sure they remain strong.”

In its official August 2014 announcement, the Navy stated that the first six vessels of the LCS East Coast homeporting is expected to bring 900 Sailors and support personnel to the Mayport area. The ships are the future Little Rock (LCS 9), Sioux City (LCS 11), Wichita (LCS 13), Billing (LCS 13), Indianapolis (LCS 17) and LCS 19 (name pending).

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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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