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Honorable Mark Sanford

Representing the 1st District of South Carolina

Blog Posts

Sep 5, 2017 Blog Post

It’s uncertain the degree to which Hurricane Irma will affect South Carolina, but it’s a reminder to go down the Scout's checklist and “Be Prepared” for all types of emergencies associated with peak hurricane season. 

Aug 18, 2017 Blog Post

Last month, the House voted on H.R. 23, the Gaining Responsibility Over Water Act. I was one of seven Republicans to vote no, but the bill passed 230 to 190. On its face, this bill seemed like a straightforward attempt to solve years of drought and groundwater depletion in the western United States.

Aug 9, 2017 Blog Post

Last month, the House passed H.J. Res 76 by a vote of 399 to 5. This resolution would allow Virginia, Maryland, and DC to establish a tri-state Washington Metrorail Safety Commission. Under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, Congress has the authority to permit states and the District of Columbia to enter into interstate compacts.

Aug 7, 2017 Blog Post

The air we breathe. The water we drink. Our surroundings. Each of these things are part and parcel to not only life itself but the quality of our lives.

I say this because if one reads about smog days in Los Angeles or Beijing and the ways in which people are encouraged to stay inside and not go out, it makes you think about how important things are that we take for granted.

Aug 5, 2017 Blog Post

A little more catch-up…in this case on some of the amendments the House voted on last week to the Make America Secure Act. This Act was a package of four smaller spending bills to fund the Defense Department, Energy Department, Veterans Affairs Department, military construction projects, and the Legislative Branch.

Aug 4, 2017 Blog Post

Who knows which movie goes with the lines below?

“Yeah. The world ain't what it seems, is it, Gunnie?”

“No, sir.”

“You keep that in mind. The moment you think you got it figured, you’re wrong.”

Jul 28, 2017 Blog Post

On Monday, I was one of but 10 Republicans to vote against H.R. 3180, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. As a result of our votes, the bill failed...but it is being brought back up again today. A little discussion…


Jul 25, 2017 Blog Post

The countries of North Korea, Iran, and Russia have become a greater threat to the security of our country of late, and consequently, Congress has reacted. Today, we passed H.R.

Jul 20, 2017 Blog Post

As promised on Wednesday, let me highlight a few amendments in the annual defense authorization bill that I thought significant. Again, I missed them because I was in Beaufort for my mom’s funeral, but I thought I owed you an explanation on these amendments that I found more controversial or more difficult to understand.

Jul 18, 2017 Blog Post

Under the category of catching up, last week the House voted on H.R. 2810, the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). I voted for the bill, and it passed 344 to 81. More than anything, it represents a vision statement on the configuration of our military, and given its importance, my bias is to support these bills when I can.