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Oct 09 2015

Crenshaw, Meeks Recognize Nobel Prize-Winning Scientists for Landmark Advancements on Malaria, Parastitic Diseases

Co-Chairs of Congressional Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases cite scientists’ great contributions to humankind

Co-Chairs of Congressional Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases cite scientists’ great contributions to humankind

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Co-chairmen of the Congressional Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, (NTD) congratulated three 2015 Nobel Prize-winning scientists whose discoveries led to drugs that have spared millions of people from the burden of malaria and three types of parasitic diseases. The Congressman issued the following statement for the scientists’ historic milestone:

“We congratulate William C. Campbell and Satoshi Omura for their discovery of Ivermectin, a medicine that has nearly eradicated river blindness and dramatically reduced the incidence of lymphatic filariasis. We also congratulate Tu Youyou for her discovery of Artemisinin, a drug that has significantly reduced malaria mortality rates.

"Together, these scientists have made a great contribution to the advancement of humankind, particularly to the billions of people in the developing world who face a very real threat from these diseases in their everyday lives. The U.S. Government, through the President’s Malaria Initiative and other critical initiatives, has played an instrumental role in the progress of efforts to eradicate malaria and NTDs globally. In the years to come, we remain committed to supporting the highly cost-effective and impactful work of controlling and eliminating the threat of malaria and parasitic diseases.”



Crenshaw: Barbara Riley, Communications Director, 202-225-2501

Meeks: Ladan Ahmadi, Communications Director, 202-225-3461

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government and Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, today (10/9) observed a moment of silence on the floor of the United States House of Representatives in recognition of the crew of the container ship El Faro, which perished at sea during Hurricane Joaquin. He also submitted the following statement to the official Congressional Record to pay tribute to the 33-member crew:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to the crew of the El Faro, the 790 foot container ship that recently perished in the Atlantic during Hurricane Joaquin. We cannot know the heartache that their families and friends are facing in the midst of the unanswered questions surrounding this maritime disaster. In their time of need, we send them strong prayers of support to help ease their pain.

“The 33 crew members aboard the vessel, 18 from Florida, 12 from my hometown of Jacksonville, 10 others from cities and towns across America, and five Polish nationals, all faced the toughest of odds from a Category 4 hurricane. These brave men and women include: Jacksonville residents Roosevelt Clark, Brookie Davis, Frank Hamm, Carey Hatch, Jack Jackson, Jackie Jones, Jr., Lonnie Jordan, Roan Lightfoot, James Porter, Theodore Quammie, Lashawn Rivera and Anthony Thomas. Florida residents Louis Champa of Palm Coast, Keith Griffin of Fort Myers, Joe Hargrove of Orange Park, Howard Schoenly of Cape Coral, German Solar-Cortes of Orlando and Mariette Wright of St. Augustine were also aboard.

“Sylvester Crawford Jr. of Lawrenceville, Georgia; Michael Davidson of Windham, Maine; Michael Holland of North Wilton, Maine; Mitchell Kuflik of Brooklyn, New York; Jeffrey Mathias of Kingston, Massachusetts; Dylan Meklin of Rockland, Maine; Richard Pusatere of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Danielle Randolph of Rockland, Maine; Jeremie Riehm of Camden, Delaware; and Steven Shultz of Roan Mountain, Tennessee are also mourned as are Piotr Krause, Marcin Nita, Jan Podgorski, Andrzej Truszkowski and Rafal Zdobych of Poland.

“As we learn more about their lives we see the experience and professionalism they brought to their careers, their love of family and the hope they had for the future. May those closest to them take comfort from this diverse collection of stories.

“We also take time to recognize the United States Coast Guard, United States Navy, United States Air Force and other maritime assets who combined forces in the search for the stricken ship and its members. They are to be commended for their full commitment and dedication to that mission.

“As we move ahead, investigations are underway by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Coast Guard to determine what happened and how to prevent another such disaster from happening in the future. I have no doubt that those answers will come. In the meantime, America’s maritime community is a tight one and will rally around those who need it the most right now – the loved ones of the El Faro crew. We stand with them, ready to meet their needs in whatever way we can, today and in all of the tomorrows.”


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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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