Today has been something of a wild day here on Capitol Hill. There is much to report.
Please allow me to play catch up on one more bill before diving back into the healthcare debate later this week….
Last week, the House voted on H.R. 1301, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which will set funding levels for the military in 2017. The bill passed 371 to 48, and I voted yes. The House actually voted on a bill to fund the military for this year back in June, but it never made it past the Senate.
Under the category of “putting your money where your mouth is,” this morning I voted on a bill that would put some more responsibility into the legal process for those who file lawsuits. The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 would allow a judge to order plaintiffs and their attorneys to compensate defendants if the case can’t be backed up by facts in court.
Can I circle back around to the president’s Joint Address to Congress?
One of the things he mentioned was that he believed our allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) should live up to the agreement. I agree and this would mean that they would take on a greater share of the financial obligations with regard to their own defense.
Over the course of my three town hall meetings last weekend, a number of questions came up that needed further detail and response. Over the week, our team has been in contact with many of the people who attended town hall meetings and wanted specific questions answered.
BEAUFORT TOWN HALL
Date: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Technical College of the Lowcountry, 921 Ribaut Rd, Beaufort, South Carolina 29902; MacLean Hall, Building 12 in the Student Center
Questions? Call our Mount Pleasant office at 843-352-7572