I hope you are having a safe and enjoyable summer! As the season winds down and kids get ready to head back to school, I’ve had the opportunity to travel across South Carolina and talk with folks about what’s going on here and in Washington.
This newsletter is one more way for me to share with you my work on issues affecting the Palmetto State. Thank you for subscribing and please feel free to share it with friends and family.
On the Record
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to go “On the Record” with Greta van Susteren to talk about how Obamacare is hurting American families, workers, and businesses. This law is too big, too expensive, too complicated, and too harmful. It’s time to repeal it and move on. Click below to see the full segment:
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Unleashing Our Energy Potential
I also had the opportunity to deliver the Weekly Republican Address on the topic of unleashing America’s energy potential. Our energy sector can be a major job creator if we finally embrace an “all of the above” energy plan that focuses on developing nuclear, wind, and solar energy while maximizing our ability to produce oil and gas. I also called on President Obama to approve the Keystone pipeline so our energy economy can move forward and thousands of Americans can get to work on its construction. Click below to see the full address:
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Honoring Those Who Served
On July 27, 2013, I had the opportunity to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice with veterans from all over the great state of South Carolina in Spartanburg and North Charleston. We were honored to have nearly 700 veterans join us, and award each of them certificates of Congressional Appreciation and pins. In all, more 1,200 people came to pay tribute and say thank you to these men and women who served our nation. Read more about the event here.
Protecting Faith and Public Expression
Recently, I joined a number of my Senate colleagues in filing an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to protect public expressions of faith in a landmark case that will be heard by the court soon. A U.S. Circuit Court ruled that the town of Greece, New York violated the Constitution by allowing town board meetings to begin with prayer from members of any religious denomination, as well as reflections from atheists.
Our country was founded on a principle of religious liberty, allowing all Americans to practice and express their beliefs. The First Amendment doesn’t ban the practice of religion or expression of faith in a public setting – it does just the opposite. I hope the Supreme Court will recognize this fundamental right and apply it fairly to individuals of all faiths, in any setting.
(left to right: celebrating the graduation of a new class of police officers in Columbia, holding the flag I waved to start the 2013 Coca-Cola 600, talking with South Carolina history & government teachers, and holding a school choice forum with Senator Rand Paul)
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