Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Passes anyway, buys the federal government three more months.
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-6) was the only member of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation to vote House Bill 325, which allows the federal government to borrow money for an additional three months. All of the House Republicans from South Carolina voted in favor of it. The so-called "No Budget, No Pay" bill passed the House by a vote of 285-144. It is expected to be approved in the Senate with few changes according to Majority Leader Harry Reid. The measure means the federal government will be able to keep borrowing until May 19. It also takes the debt ceiling off the table as a political debate, which was a loser for Republicans in the eyes of most Americans. It's a sharp contrast to the last debt ceiling debate when South Carolina's …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Calls on President to negotiate in good faith at Columbia press conference.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Bill raises debt ceiling, cuts spending and looks forward
The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to pass a compromise bill that will raise the debt ceiling before the midnight deadline and create a committee to suggest further budget changes by November. Despite reservations from both parties, the bill received bipartisan support in the Senate, passing 74-26. Both South Carolina senators voted against the bill. On Monday, the bill passed in the House 269-161, though all five Republican representatives from South Carolina voted against it. South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint voted against the bill. DeMint championed the Cut, Cap and Balance Act and although the compromise bill includes cuts and a cap on spending, it does not require the addition of a balanced budget amendment. "This debt deal doesn't solve …
Monday, August 1, 2011
Since House Speaker Boehner's bill garnered enough votes, Reps. Tim Scott and Trey Gowdy were free to vote "no," according to Fox News.
If the GOP needed Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to vote "yes" to pass Speaker of the House John Boehner's bill Friday, they would have, according to this blog post by Fox News Congressional reporter Chad Pergram. Click here to read more about Friday's vote on the bill, which died later in the Senate. Scott represents District 1, which includes parts of Berkeley and Dorchester counties and Charleston County. Gowdy represents District 4, which includes the Greenville/Spartanburg area. Both voted no on Friday's debt ceiling measure. Immediately after the bill passed, Scott released a statement explaining why he voted against the measure: "The Budget Control Act simply does not take the sufficient action needed to secure our…
Sunday, July 10, 2011
District 1 congressman fires on his own party during the debt ceiling fight on Capitol Hill.
Talking to the LowCountry 9.12 group last week, U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-Charleston, equated raising the debt ceiling to transferring credit card debt without changing spending habits, just minutes prior to saying if President Barack Obama used the 14th Amendment to pay the national debt, it would be an "impeachable act." The freshman congressman also fired at his own party, saying his fight wasn't lay with those across the aisle since "Democrats are going to what Democrats do." "We need to be saved," Scott said as he addressed the crowd at Knightsville United Methodist Church. "People ask me, 'Saved from what?' I say, 'Look around.'" Scott was elected office in 2010, as the Tea Party and groups including LowCountry 9.12 began heating up …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott meets with LowCountry 9.12 Tuesday in Knightsville.
In a receptive meeting Tuesday evening at Knightsville United Methodist Church in Dorchester County, U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said if President Barrack Obama acted without congress on the debt ceiling issue it would be an "impeachable act." Answering a question from the crowd, the freshman congressman called any move using the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to raise the debt ceiling "unconstitutional." Scott represents District 1 in the state, which includes Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. He spoke Tuesday at the meeting of LowCountry 9.12, a group known for small-government ideology. "This president is looking to usurp congressional oversight to find a way to get it done without us. My position is that is an …