The Fernandina Beach Rotary Club recently enjoyed a legislative update from long-time Florida Congressman Ander Crenshaw.  Crenshaw, a fellow Rotarian and native of Jacksonville, represents the Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He said that most of the focus in Washington D.C. is currently on the upcoming Presidential election and the impact it will have on many issues of concern for everyone.  He went on to talk about the ongoing depressed state of the economy and continuing high unemployment figures, noting that the economy only grew 1.5 percent in the last quarter while unemployment has been above eight percent for more than 41 months.  He said positive economic growth has been hindered by three factors affecting U.S. businesses:  uncertainty over the cost of President Obama’s health care initiatives, more government regulations and the potential expiration this year of many long-standing tax deductions.

He also outlined some of the legislation that he has championed bringing positive changes to the region, including the National Cemetery in Jacksonville, a new fleet of Navy vessels at Mayport that will bring more than 3,000 sailors to the base by 2013 and the deployment of the Navy’s next generation of carriers to arrive at Mayport in the next two to three years.  He closed by saying he never forgets that he is in Washington to serve the people of Northeast Florida.