Recent Press Releases and News

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Chairman of the House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the President’s plans to grant executive amnesty to millions of unlawful immigrants:

“Someone is not listening, and he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. On November 4, I heard voters in Florida and across the nation say that they’re opposed to amnesty. They are the same voters who took their thinking to the ballot box, increasing Republican margins in the House and turning the United States Senate leadership over to the GOP because they are tired of the president circumventing the will of the people.

“I continue to stand alongside these Americans - 100 percent against amnesty. But, our President does not. The very man who said 22 times that he could not ignore or create his own immigration laws wants to do exactly that by working around Congress. It’s astounding, but unfortunately, it’s not surprising.

“For President Obama, it’s a ‘my way or the highway’ approach. But to me, it’s unconstitutional, and I expect and support a challenge to it in Congress and the courts.

“No one can doubt that this country has to address the crisis of illegal immigration. It places tremendous financial and social burden on our society. Moreover, the surge at our border is proof that it is not secure, and, in my book, securing our borders is the number one priority.

“President Obama should work together with Congress to make this happen, not against it by putting millions of illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship with the stroke of a pen.”

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WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Ander Crenshaw, chairman of the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the announcement that the House will consider the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act – H.R. 647/S.313) in early December. He is the House-side author of the federal legislation.

“The ABLE Act is headed for a vote in December – testament to the wide-spread support for millions who face the daily struggle of living with disabilities. They deserve the same financial planning tools available to other Americans. My bill gives them just that by empowering families to live healthy and independent lives through tax-free savings accounts.

“Step-by-step with focus and teamwork, ABLE has earned more bipartisan, bicameral support than any other bill in Congress, and I’m excited for its passage. Easing financial strains through tax-free savings accounts for qualified expenses such as medical, post-secondary education, housing, and transportation, the ABLE Act would provide a brighter future for millions of Americans.

“No longer would they have to stand by and watch others use Internal Revenue Service-sanctioned tools that are unavailable to them. The playing field would finally be level. It creates incentives to employment for individuals with disabilities by allowing them to contribute to their own ABLE accounts and seek out employment opportunities without the fear of losing benefits.”

BACKGROUND:

H.R. 647/S. 313 has the support of a majority of Congress (380 House co-sponsors, 74 Senate co-sponsors) and would amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-free savings accounts for qualified expenses. Benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources would be supplemented, but not supplanted by the legislation.

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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