I’ve fallen a bit behind this week in offering updates on what’s happening in the House and what we’re voting on, so I wanted to take a minute to remedy that! In particular, there were two votes I’d like to explain: the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act and the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act.
Several friends at home have asked why I planned to vote for Chairman Paul Ryan for Speaker, and, accordingly, I am writing. Before I go into the details of why, I think a little history is important though, given all that has happened with regard to the Speakership over the last few weeks.
There are a lot of moving parts in Washington right now with the upcoming Speaker race and the ongoing Presidential campaigns. But in the midst of the political intrigue that seems to be swelling at the moment, the House has taken a few votes that I’d like to catch you up on.
Last week, the House Budget Committee approved legislation known as a Reconciliation Bill that included provisions repealing parts—but not all—of Obamacare. I voted YES to report this bill out of committee and send it to the floor of the House to be considered by all of the members. Let me take a moment to explain why.
The saying is that if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and acts like a duck…it’s probably a duck.
One of the more significant votes cast by any member of Congress is for Speaker of the House. Today, in Conference, I will cast this vote, and while I would have loved for someone like Trey Gowdy to have run, he made it clear he was unwilling to do so.
My prayers go out to those affected by today's flooding and what has occurred over the weekend. Though we have been spared the fury of the hurricane offshore, it is hard to believe what we're witnessing not only here in the Lowcountry, but across the state with historic rainfall and catastrophic flooding.
We’ve been incredibly lucky and blessed this storm season. But Joaquin is a powerful storm, and a reminder of Mother Nature’s destructive potential. Given that the storm is headed out to sea, it’s once again a reminder to go down the Scout's checklist and “Be prepared” for all types of emergencies.
Today, there were strong emotions on both sides of the Planned Parenthood debate.
Last night, I voted in favor of the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, which was passed by a vote of 241 to 185. This bill would make compensation mandatory for victims of frivolous lawsuits – meaning the claim has no basis in law or fact – and requires sanctions against the person making a frivolous claim as well as their lawyer.