Sometimes, an occasional “I told you so” makes sense….
Such is the case with the Federal Aviation Administration/disaster tax relief bill that came up on Monday….
I voted against it and, at that time, said it was sure to come back up. Indeed, it did here just two days later, as we voted on it yesterday.
Last night, I voted against H.R. 3823, the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017. I was one of seven Republicans who voted no, and given it was brought up under what’s called “suspension” - which requires a two-thirds majority for passage, the bill failed.
Hope your day has been good. Mine has entailed visits up toward the Summerville area today, and I’ll be down in Beaufort County tomorrow.
At office hours today up in Summerville, we got into a robust debate on health care, civil liberty, and more….and under the category of debate, I wanted to include an explanation for a few more of last week’s amendments to the omnibus bill.
Over the past couple of weeks, the House has held votes on a host of amendments to the omnibus bill that will fund the federal government in 2018. May I highlight a handful of them?
I continue to believe that unsustainable spending represents our greatest threat. This is true for its potential to undermine our republic - just as it is in its ability to take from each of us much of what we have worked for over the courses of our lives.
Today, I voted against the consortium vote that included the debt ceiling, federal flood insurance extension for 3 months, Harvey aid, and a few other extraneous items. I believe it was a real mistake and a loss for the taxpayer and even those of us who live along the coast who might one day be in need of further federal assistance. The measure however passed by a vote of 316 to 90.
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.
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.
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.