As promised on Wednesday, let me highlight a few amendments in the annual defense authorization bill that I thought significant. Again, I missed them because I was in Beaufort for my mom’s funeral, but I thought I owed you an explanation on these amendments that I found more controversial or more difficult to understand.
Under the category of catching up, last week the House voted on H.R. 2810, the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). I voted for the bill, and it passed 344 to 81. More than anything, it represents a vision statement on the configuration of our military, and given its importance, my bias is to support these bills when I can.
This past Saturday marked two years since the murder of Kathryn Steinle. Kate, as her friends and family called her, was killed in San Francisco by an illegal alien who had been deported five times. He was released by San Francisco police after they refused to honor a request from federal authorities that he be held for an outstanding drug warrant.
Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act, by a vote of 218 to 210. This bill provided legal reforms that were scored by the Congressional Budget Office to save $50 billion in federal healthcare cost over the next ten years.
I have always loved symbolism found in the statue of Lady Justice.
The blindfold represents objectivity. Justice should be dealt from our courts objectively, without fear or favour, regardless of money, wealth, power, or identity. In her left hand, Lady Justice holds balance scales, which represent the weighing of evidence.
Too often in Washington, solving a problem involves either expanding the federal government at the expense of local control or adding to our national debt. Neither are good choices for the taxpayer living in South Carolina.
There’s a saying that “personnel is policy.” Your business or organization will ultimately be a reflection of the people you employ. Likewise, a manager’s ability to change their organization ultimately comes down to their ability to change personnel.
Common sense can be a mirage in Washington. It’s one of those things that you may see in the distance, but as you approach it, it seems to disappear.
While today’s vote on the Financial CHOICE Act probably represented the most significant legislative action over the last year by the House, all eyes were instead glued to television screens across the Capitol. The Comey hearing was certainly the center of the political universe today.
I would just make three observations.
On the back of President Trump’s Executive Order opening millions of acres of federal waters in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans to new oil and gas leasing, Congressman Sanford co-led a bipartisan letter with over 100 Members of Congress urging Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep these areas off-limits.