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Honorable Mark Sanford

Representing the 1st District of South Carolina

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Jul 15, 2015 Blog Post

An all-too-common practice in Washington is getting a bill that seems impossible to vote against solely because of its name, but when you look under the hood, it gets a bit more complicated. That is why I voted against the Commemorative Coin for Breast Cancer Awareness Bill, which while well-intended, became an earmark for one specific foundation in the district of the bill’s chief sponsor.

Jul 14, 2015 Blog Post

I was here in Congress and on the International Relations Committee when then-President Clinton struck a deal with another rogue nation, North Korea. At that time, they got a few billion in financial consideration for the promise of better behavior. The benefits went to North Korea, but their promises of changed policies never materialized.

Jul 10, 2015 Blog Post

This morning, Congress attempted to address important health care issues that could help many people, but in doing so unfortunately could not overcome its addiction to spending.

Jul 10, 2015 Blog Post


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Jul 10, 2015 Blog Post


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Jul 9, 2015 Blog Post

We’ve been working on finalizing spending bills here in DC before the end of July, and last night we debated funding for the Department of the Interior – which manages the offshore drilling process.

Jul 8, 2015 Blog Post

Today, the House finished debating the Student Success Act, which changes federal education policy from the current law, known as the No Child Left Behind Act. Though the bill did give more control to the states over current law, it still represents too much control over what should be the domain of the states in terms of education policy.

Jun 17, 2015 Blog Post

Today, the House voted on a resolution to withdraw troops from Iraq and Syria that have been deployed there since August 7, 2014. The resolution failed by a vote of 139 to 288, and although it was not the way in which I would have chosen to move to force a vote on war efforts, it was the tool offered and accordingly I voted for it. Allow me to explain my vote.

Jun 16, 2015 Blog Post

I opposed passage of the bill, which is an extension of other bills that have already raised serious constitutional questions in just the past few months. Allow me to explain in a bit more detail.

Jun 15, 2015 Blog Post

Given the recent back and forth in the trade debates, it is easy to mix up what the various Ts, Ps, and As stand for, particularly now that Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) has been added to the mix.