There have been debates, bluster, TV coverage and more, but you know what’s been lacking in this presidential race: a serious discussion of the debt, deficit and government spending. It’s been skipped, and the degree to which this issue is not in vogue these days fits with what I have seen since I came back to the U.S. Congress two and a half years ago.
Before we get too far into the New Year, I wanted to share with you an update on some of the things we accomplished in 2015. There are many other activities from this year, but click below to find our Annual Shareholder’s Report that at least gives you a glimpse of what we have been able to do on your behalf.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. The winning student from within the First District and one parent/guardian will be flown to Washington this summer by Southwest Airlines, free of charge, to attend a reception and the unveiling of their artwork in the Capitol.
Today, the House passed another reauthorization of the DC Opportunity Scholarship program, which allows DC parents to move their children from a failing school to one that works for their family and student. I have long believed educational choice vital to improving education in this country and, accordingly, voted yes. The bill passed 224 to 181.
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April 28, 2016
SANFORD APPLAUDS GOVERNOR HALEY'S TESTIMONY BEFORE CONGRESS
Earlier today, the House voted on H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act, which would require law enforcement to get a search warrant before they can look at private emails - a privacy standard long held for conventional mail.
The bill passed overwhelmingly, and I have been an original cosponsor since last year. Allow me to offer a couple reasons why I think this requirement is so vital.
This morning, an amendment I offered to H.R. 4890 was adopted on the House floor by voice vote. This bill, which passed by a vote of 260 to 158, would prohibit the IRS from paying bonuses until the Treasury Department develops a comprehensive strategy for improving IRS customer service.