Last Friday, Congressman Dan Crenshaw sat down with San Antonio Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Richard Perez to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing Congress. Crenshaw has referred to himself as a “plain old conservative” who embraces values of personal responsibility, freedom, limited government, and liberty, and he held strong to those convictions when discussing federal aid, police reform and reopening schools.
Crenshaw opened with remarks about the “trying times we have ourselves in” and the need to “be flexible, strong, even keeled, and not let our emotions get the best of us.” He expressed his support for mask orders to help slow the spread of coronavirus and remains optimistic given the recent COVID-19 data he has reviewed. He touted business leaders attending the event, saying “they have figured it out, they have figured out how to keep customers safe, and have an incentive to do so to keep their doors open.”
A former Navy Seal and sixth generation Texan, Crenshaw talked about his personal life. For as long as he could remember, he always wanted to be a Navy Seal. Crenshaw was medically retired in September of 2016 as a Lieutenant Commander after serving ten years in the SEAL Teams. After retiring, he knew he wanted work on public policy and continue with government service. He went on to earn a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and shortly after decided to run for Congress. He won a tough Republican Primary, where he faced nine opponents and then went on to be elected to represent the people of Texas’s Second Congressional District in November of 2018.
Crenshaw discussed his opposition to the Democrats HEROES Act and Moving Forward Act, both of which have passed the House. Regarding the HEROES Act, he wanted to see more targeted, direct stimulus payments to those who need it and revisions to the federal unemployment benefits, so people are not paid more to stay to home. He believes that there is a fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans regarding the direction of the economy. Crenshaw also believes the Moving Forward Act was not pro-growth and that it creates new red tape to prevent infrastructure projects from being built. One thing he said he would like to see in the next coronavirus package is liability protections for businesses.
When asked about police reform, Crenshaw acknowledged the overlap between the bills rolled out recently by House Democrats and Senate Republicans. Both bills limit the use of chokeholds, address no knock warrants, expand body cameras, and create a comprehensive, transparent system for tracking police misconduct. Crenshaw expressed his opposition to ending qualified immunity and was disappointed Congress couldn’t get something passed. He believes the issue of police reform should be addressed at the state and local levels.
Crenshaw concluded his remarks by discussing how his military service prepared him to serve in Congress. One area he believes helped most is with his ability to take a step back and compartmentalize difficult issues and reassess them in a calm manner. Being a Navy Seal taught him to be leader, and he has demonstrated it during his first term in Congress.
Congressman Crenshaw took questions from viewers on a variety of issues, including reopening schools, his new book, tragic death of Vanessa Guillen, energy policy, and culture in America. To watch a recording of the webinar, click here.