Congressman Mark Sanford
June 24, 2017 View Online
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June 21

House votes on foster care reform: 
Too often in Washington, solving a problem involves either expanding the federal government at the expense of local control or adding to our national debt. Neither are good choices for the taxpayer living in South Carolina.

In that vein, I wanted to tell you about two bills the House voted on last night. They would in part affect our nation’s foster care system - but much more directly, they would affect the balance of power between Washington and the rest of the nation. While they were well intended, I voted against both of them with a handful of other Republicans because they fell on the side of Washington deciding yet more in our lives. The first bill replaced state judgment with federal control, and the second bill expanded a welfare program with no consideration of cost.

The first bill, H.R. 2866, the Reducing Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act of 2017, would pressure states to change their foster care laws to mirror a new federal model developed in Washington... Click here to read more...

June 21


June 22

There is nothing more personal and vital than one’s health...
The saying is that you can have all the money in the world, but if you don’t have your health you don’t have anything. I guess it’s for that reason that I have seen such strong emotions around this issue over the twelve town hall meetings that I’ve done in different shapes and sizes across the district. For that reason, today is a fairly charged day on Capitol Hill given Senate leadership released their healthcare proposal.

It’s only been about 4 hours since we received the text of the Senate’s bill - and the details of the bill are still being released - but here is a look at three things that I believe will drive the upcoming debate and my support, or opposition of it, in trying to represent you.

One, will we let insurance act as insurance?... Click here to read more...

June 22

Storm Preparedness: 
Tropical Storm Cindy’s landfall in Louisiana today is a reminder of the importance of storm preparedness. Indeed, many throughout the Lowcountry are still recovering from damages wrought by Hurricane Matthew last October.

Edisto and Beaufort County were hit particularly hard and for that reason I found myself on Dataw Island on Monday before coming back to Washington. We discussed continued clean up issues and how to better respond in the aftermath of a storm.

...and all of this is a reminder of the importance of preparation now for the storm season ahead.

Will have many more thoughts on this over the weeks ahead...

June 23

Support for Coastal Economies Protection Act:

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