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.
With a potential storm swirling offshore, I thought that it might be an appropriate time to mark the unofficial start of hurricane season, and accordingly, to pass along some information. We’ve been incredibly lucky and blessed these past few seasons, but once again, this is a reminder to go down the Scout's checklist and “Be prepared” for all types of emergencies.
Last week, the House voted on H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act, which passed the House 241 to 183. I voted yes.
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SANFORD ANNOUNCES UPCOMING SATELLITE OFFICE HOURS
Earlier tonight, the House voted on HR 4889, the Kelsey Smith Act. The bill would have allowed the government to access cell phone location data, and more precisely, it would give the government the ability to redefine the occasions in which it could access records without the clearance of a judge.
Following up as I said I would on HR 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017. We voted Wednesday night on the bill, which passed 277 to 147. I voted yes.