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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Chairman of the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, today (7/30) took added steps to protect the Constitution by voting to pass a House resolution authorizing the Speaker of the House of Representatives to sue President Obama for repeatedly circumventing Congress to make his own laws.

Specifically, the House resolution (H. Res. 676) authorizes the House Speaker to file a lawsuit against the President for changing his health care law without authorization from Congress,. The bill passed by a vote of 225 to 201.

Crenshaw, who has voted to pass additional legislation to stem the tide of executive branch over-reach - the ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 (H.R. 4138) and the Faithful Execution of the Law Act (H.R. 3973) – issued the following statement:

“The Constitution is clear: Congress makes the laws; the Judiciary interprets the laws; and the President executes the laws. As we’ve all witnessed, however, there is no end in sight to President Obama working around Congress to get what he wants.

“I took an oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution, and am compelled to join my colleagues to protect our nation from continuous encroachment on the Legislative Branch.

“President Obama’s blatant disregard for our Constitution has got to stop, and this legislation provides for that accountability. This isn’t about Republicans versus Democrats, it’s about protecting our Democracy.”

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WASHINGTON, DC – Continuing his fight to provide veterans with the health care they deserve, Congressman Ander Crenshaw today (7/30) voted to pass the conference report for the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 (H.R. 3230).

The comprehensive legislation provides concrete reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to deliver timely access to health care to the nations’ veterans and provide the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with the authority to fire or demote senior VA officials based on poor performance. H.R. 3230 passed the House by a vote of 420 - 5 and now moves to the Senate.

Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement:

“Audits and investigations have unveiled a horrifying picture of systematic and widespread lack of accountability in the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system. People suffered the ultimate consequence of death, and our veterans have had to wait far too long - sometimes more than 90 days – to get the health care they earned and deserve.

“This situation is horrifying and unacceptable, and there’s a great deal of work needed to correct this abysmal record. This reform-minded bill takes long-overdue steps to restore confidence and accountability in the VA system. Among them: improved access to care, including the ability to secure private-sector medical care; the hiring of additional doctors and medical staff; structural improvements, new management tools to provide for the firing and demotion of senior VA employees based on performance, and improved benefits for veterans and their families.

“The tools in the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 support the needs of veterans in Northeast Florida and across the nation. However, they are only a first step; there is no quick fix. On the road ahead, I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues and the VA as we put a stronger VA system in place for good.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Additional details on H.R. 3230 can be found on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs web site at http://veterans.house.gov/

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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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