Blog: I don't know of a person who would not like to see better funding for roads and bridges. It's something most would agree on, and yet, the question is how we get there.
Blog: Yesterday, we voted on the conference report on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Blog: Yesterday afternoon, the House passed H.R. 4127, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, by a vote of 364 to 58
Blog: One can believe in an outcome
but disagree with the road map that would get you there. I think we would all like to see less in the way of emissions in the air we breathe
Blog: The federal bureaucracy has been described as the "fourth branch of government"
Blog: These days it may seem like the President has the ability to declare war. He doesn't. That is solely Congress's duty...
Blog: Allow me two thoughts. The problem with government regulation is that too often one size fits all. In fact, rarely in life does one size fit all.
Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Halt Acceptance of Refugees
Blog: Yesterday afternoon, we voted on the Fairness to Veterans for Infrastructure Investment Act
Sanford Supports National Suspension of Syrian Refugee Entry into United States
Blog: On Friday, the President noted that "We have contained ISIS"...he made this proclamation just hours before the terrorist attacks took place in Paris
Blog: Last night, I voted on three suspension bills
Blog: Yesterday, I wrote on the Syrian refugee issue, and mentioned that I had signed onto the Resettlement Accountability National Security Act of 2015 (H.R. 3314)
Letter to the Hon. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House - Bring Authorization for use of Military Force to House Floor for Debate and Vote
Blog: Yesterday morning, we voted again on the National Defense Authorization Act
Blog: Late last night, I voted on nine different amendments to the Highway Bill
Blog: For too long, Congress has relied on temporary measures to maintain federal highway funding
Letter to President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority - Violence in the West Bank and Israel
Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act
Blog: This administration continues to over-reach
Blog: I haven't seen it, but apparently there is a show called The Walking Dead in which zombies charge into homes in rural Georgia
Blog: 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!
Blog: Several friends at home have asked why I planned to vote for Chairman Paul Ryan for Speaker, and, accordingly, I am writing
Blog: There are a lot of moving parts in Washington right now with the upcoming Speaker race and the ongoing Presidential campaigns
Default Prevention Act
Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Reauthorization Action
Blog: Last week, the House Budget Committee approved legislation known as a Reconciliation Bill that included provisions repealing parts--but not all--of Obamacare
Letter to John Boehner, Speaker of the House and Kevin McCarthy, Majority Leader - Fiscal Discipline in Year End Spending
Blog: The saying is that if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and acts like a duck
it's probably a duck. This was the case with today's vote on H.R. 702
Blog: One of the more significant votes cast by any member of Congress is for Speaker of the House
Letter to John Boehner, Speaker of the House and Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader - Implementation of Positive Train Control
Blog: Last night, I voted in favor of the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, which was passed by a vote of 241 to 185
Blog: Today, there were strong emotions on both sides of the Planned Parenthood debate
Blog: Tonight's debate will be interesting, and among all the back and forth, I hope there is a more substantive discussion on government spending and waste
Blog: Did you see what I saw in the paper today?
Blog: I was in Congress during the 1990's when then-President Clinton made a deal with North Korea
Approval of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
I made the observation to many during August that I thought September would be an incredibly explosive time in Washington.
In case you missed it, I've spent a significant part of the last three weeks making my way around the Lowcountry
For many, this has been a busy week with the start of a new school year here in the Lowcountry.
The Guantanamo Bay issue is in the news, and I suspect you will see and hear much more to come.
Last night was one of the more interesting debates I have ever seen.
Hope your Thursday is going well
at the moment it's a very rainy one in Charleston!
I hope your day is going well. Mine has been busy given we kicked off our Lowcountry Listening Tour yesterday
Denham Concludes Bipartisan Bakken Tour
Letter to Gina McCarthy, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Ernest Moniz, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary, Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary - Biomass Energy
The Planned Parenthood issue has certainly been in the press lately, and I think it's worth touching on regardless of where one may stand on the issue of abortion.
Yesterday, there were two important votes of note.
Letter to Loretta Lynch, Attorney General - Planned Parenthood Videos
Letter to Colleagues, United States House Republican Conference - Action on Health, Retirement, and Economic Security Programs