Congressman Mark Sanford
July 8, 2017 View Online
Weekly Review
July 3

Press conference opposing offshore seismic testing (4/2015)

Speaking Out Against Offshore Seismic Testing: 
I’ve been a vocal opponent of conducting seismic testing in the Atlantic, given the potential long-lasting and widespread impacts that could result. And I once again add my voice to a chorus of other Representatives in this regard.

Accordingly, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) and Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL) led a bipartisan letter to the Department of Interior’s Secretary Ryan Zinkelast week, requesting that no final seismic airgun blasting permits be issued. This letter represents the voices of our constituents who stand against this practice. Indeed, over 120 municipalities, including every single coastal municipality in South Carolina, have formally opposed oil and gas development in the Atlantic

Over the past couple years, I have led letters to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, to the Department of Interior, and to President Obama requesting a halt to the permitting process for seismic testing in the Atlantic. Also, in the footsteps of President Trump’s decision to open the Atlantic to offshore drilling, I introduced the Coastal Economies Protection Act to place a 10-year moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic, and a coalition of over 60 groups sent out a letter in support of this bill.

I’ve shared the letter with you here; give it a read, if you have a moment!

Click here to read the letter  

July 5

July 4th on Hilton Head Island: 
After spending Saturday on Johns Island, I was on Hilton Head Island yesterday where I dropped by the Firecracker 5K before hosting Neighborhood Office Hours and then joining the One Island Community Picnic.

I wanted to take a quick minute to say again Happy Independence Day. Whether you were catching up on yard work, heading to the beach, or cooking out with friends and family, we all do so as free men and women because of the independence declared 241 years ago yesterday. As our Founding Fathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence, "Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...."

This idea of a government of, by, and for the people is indeed the bedrock of the American experiment. But as President Reagan noted, freedom itself is never more than one generation away from extinction. It's up to us to make sure freedom flourishes.

One Island One Community Picnic

Firecracker 5k

Rep. Sanford with Hilton Head Mayor David Bennett

July 6

House Passes Legislation to Curb Illegal Immigration:
This past Saturday marked two years since the murder of Kathryn Steinle. Kate, as her friends and family called her, was killed in San Francisco by an illegal alien who had been deported five times. He was released by San Francisco police after they refused to honor a request from federal authorities that he be held for an outstanding drug warrant.

I bring this up because last week the House passed a couple of bills that would go a long way in preventing such a tragedy from happening again. I voted in favor of both and would like to tell you a bit more about these two important bills….

The first bill was H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. This bill allows federal agencies like the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to deny sanctuary cities access to at least four grant programs designed to support law enforcement efforts. More specifically, the bill clarifies U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer authority, which allows immigration officials to pick up illegal aliens from local jails. Also, the bill includes Sarah and Grant’s Law, which demands that illegal aliens arrested for a variety of serious crimes be detained during removal proceedings.

Past administrations too often looked the other way when cities like San Francisco refused to apply federal immigration laws. This does not make sense. You and I don’t get to pick and chose which laws we will abide by. I disagree with the amount of taxes I have to pay...but until we change the size and scope of government and the laws that go with it, I am not given licence to not pay them because I disagree with them. That is what the body politic is for...changing what we don't like...and defiance is not the body politic. Law enforcement and the law are to be universal - with equal justice for all. It can not be enforced in patchwork form and still have affect. To do so moves us against the very design of the Founding Fathers - which was that there should be limited government, but the government and law we had would be blind and impartial in the way it was administered.

The second bill was H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law, named after Kate Steinle. This bill would increase maximum jail times for illegal aliens who have been convicted of serious crime, deported, and then return illegally to the United States. It also makes it harder for people deported from our country to challenge previous removal orders. The principle here is the same: for laws to have meaning, there must be consequences for not adhering to them.

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