Recent Press Releases and News

WASHINGTON, DC – In direct response to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) documented history of not holding employees accountable following the 2014 VA medical wait time manipulation scandal, Congressman Ander Crenshaw today (7/29) voted to pass the VA Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1994) and provide the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs with increased authority to fire employees based on cause. On Wednesday (7/29), he also voted to provide the VA with $3.35 billion to keep its hospitals and clinics open nationwide.

Crenshaw, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and Member of the House Appropriations Defense Committee, issued the following statement on his votes to deliver accountability to the VA and fund its operations:

“Veterans in Northeast Florida and across the nation deserve timely access to health care, disability, and housing and other benefits that they have earned and deserve. Any degree of poor performance and unwarranted delay remains unacceptable. That’s why I voted to pass the Choice Act in 2014, which put concrete VA reforms in place and delivered $17 billion dollars to support VA medical centers. That bill also gave the Secretary of Veterans Affairs the ability to fire or demote based on performance.

“Since then, however, we’ve learned that proposed remedies are not strong enough and those responsible for problems which led to deaths have not been held accountable. Tougher tools are needed, and the VA Accountability Act furnishes them and expands the VA Secretary’s authority to clean up the Department’s act. Removing VA employees for performance or misconduct; providing improved protections for whistleblowers, including restricting bonus awards for supervisors who retaliate against whistleblowers; and putting in place strengthened accountability and performance measures for the VA Senior Executive Service improve the VA’s ability to operate more efficiently and make sure our veterans receive the care they need.

“That’s also why I also voted on Wednesday to make sure the VA clinics and hospitals have the funds they need. Despite the fact that the VA should have anticipated the costs brought on by an increase in demand by veterans for health care, including costly hepatitis-C treatments, our veterans must receive the care they are due, and $3.35 billion in additional funding in the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act closes that funding hole.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: For specifics on the VA Accountability Act of 2015 and Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act, which provides $3.35 billion to the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to www.veterans.house.gov.

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw today (7/28) voted to lift the burden of costly federal regulations from our economy and free it to thrive with his vote to pass the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act(REINS Act – H.R. 427). The legislation, approved by the House on Tuesday evening, curbs unnecessary regulations from agencies and holds federal bureaucrats accountable for imposing the heaviest strains on America's economy. Crenshaw is an original co-sponsor of the bill which passed in the previous two Congress’s with his support.

“One of the most pro-active steps Congress can take right now to grow the economy and create jobs is lift the burden of job-stifling federal regulations,” said Crenshaw, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. “We need our small businesses and entrepreneurs to spend more, invest more, and produce more in order to create more jobs for American workers.”

“The REINS Act moves the nation in that direction by requiring an up-or-down vote on regulations that have an impact of $100 million or more before they can be enforced on the American people from the Executive Branch,” Crenshaw continued. “This President consistently uses a pen and a pad to sign executive orders and signing statements into the law of the land – a fact often unknown by the general public. To shed light on this practice, Capitol Hill needs more accountability for the hard-earned tax dollars Americans send to Washington. In a recovering economy, the REINS Act provides that relief.”


Key provisions of the REINS Act include the following:


• Requires agencies to submit major regulations to Congress for approval;


• Guarantees no major regulation becomes effective until Congress approves it;


• Guarantees fast up or down votes on major rules—Congress must act within 70 legislative days; and


• Guarantees that accountability for imposing the heaviest burdens on America's economy falls where it should—with the people's elected representatives in Congress.

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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