Recent Press Releases and News

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Retail Federation (NRF) today (5/24) announced it has awarded Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, with its 2016 “Hero of Main Street” Award for his support of policies to grow and strengthen the retail sector of the economy.

“Congressman Crenshaw has shown through his support that he cares about retailers big and small, and values the role these businesses play in communities across the country,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “He is an advocate for his thriving Main Street and to the long-term growth the retail industry -- our nation’s largest job creators and the catalyst for continued growth and opportunity for our nation’s economy.”

Congressman Crenshaw said, “The retail industry in Florida and across the nation plays a central role in creating jobs and growing the economy and deserves policy support from Congress to help it grow and thrive. Common-sense policies that cut taxes, boost international trade, and eliminate and trim burdensome red tape are reliable tools that will produce positive results and have my support today and tomorrow.”

The Hero of Main Street award was created by NRF in 2013 to recognize members of Congress for support of the retail industry’s public policy priorities. Eligibility is based on NRF’s Retail Opportunity Index, bill sponsorship and advocacy to advance the industry’s priorities. The “heroes” have supported policies and initiatives defined by NRF that recognize the contributions of the retail industry, and have worked to encourage a “vibrant, sustained and healthy” retail sector.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense announced his vote in support for the fiscal year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill (H.R. 4974) on the House floor on Thursday (5/19). The measure, which contains resources for Northeast Florida, provides funding to house, train, and equip military personnel, provide housing and services to military families, help maintain base infrastructure, and fund veterans’ benefits and programs.

The comprehensive bill passed by a vote of 295 to 129 and now moves to the United States Senate for consideration. In his statement of support for the measure, Crenshaw, who also chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, highlighted the following projects in the legislation:

Florida Air National Guard 125th Fighter Wing at Jacksonville International Airport: $9 million for the replacement of a fire/crash rescue station to serve the Florida Air National Guard 125th Fighter Wing at Jacksonville International Airport.

MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial System Forward Operating Base Hangar: $41.4 million to fund the construction of a MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial System Forward Operating Base Hangar at one of three locations: Naval Station Mayport; Naval Air Station Key West; or National Aeronautics and Space Administration Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Short of Virginia. Environmental assessments are underway and a final location decision is expected later this year.

“To protect and defend the freedoms we hold so dear, we must provide our military with state-of-the-art infrastructure and top-notch training and support,” said Crenshaw. “The fiscal year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill meets that goal in Northeast Florida and beyond. New safety facilities at the Air National Guard 125th Fighter Wing at Jacksonville International Airport are funded and Forward Operating Base Hangar for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial System moves forward.”

“Our servicemen and women, their families, and our veterans, who have put their lives on the line for our freedom, have earned and deserve the support that this bill provided,” Crenshaw continued. “Funding increases for veterans programs will ensure veterans have timely and easy access to key benefits – among them VA medical services, electronic health record modernization, disability claims backlog improvement, facilities construction, and increased VA accountability and oversight.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Specifics on the fiscal year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill can be found at http://appropriations.house.gov/

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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