I haven’t seen it, but apparently there is a show called The Walking Dead in which zombies charge into homes in rural Georgia. In short, weird beings keep rising out of nowhere to keep coming at people, and this week is proving similarly to be a week of eerily bizarre walking dead votes coming at all of us as taxpayers...a discharge petition, debt ceiling, year-end funding, and more…
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.
The House voted this afternoon on the Conference Report to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2016, which authorizes defense spending for next year. The report passed by a vote of 270 to 156, and I very much wanted to vote for this authorization given I believe military spending is a core function of government.