The state’s business leaders each year have a rare opportunity to grill the SC Congressional Delegation. This year’s SC Chamber of Commerce Washington Night panel faced questions about the impact of the new health care law. As expected, their views differed. Even without firebrand Lindsey Graham and stalwart Republicans Henry Brown and Gresham Barrett, there were plenty of sparks.
Congressmen Jim Clyburn and Joe Wilson, when asked if they had read the bill, demonstrated the post-passage frustration that remains on both sides.
(Clyburn and Wilson on reading the health care bill MP3)
Clyburn and Wilson on reading the health care bill MP3
At the State Chamber event, the congressional delegation took questions from the audience of more than 400 business participants.
Moderator David Stanton asked Senator Jim DeMint if his bill to repeal the health care law would actually work.
(DeMint on his health care repeal bill MP3)
DeMint on his health care repeal bill MP3
John Spratt, Chairman of the House Budget Committee answered many questions about possible tax changes. That includes capital gains taxes:
(Spratt on capital gains tax changes MP3)
Spratt on capital gains tax changes MP3
That small business exclusion is good through early next year, says Spratt.
Senator Jim DeMint told business leaders that government solutions do not work, while free enterprise does.
(DeMint touts business solutions MP3)
DeMint touts business solutions MP3
Clyburn said that he was met by business leaders at the event, who quietly offered their support for his work on health care reform.
(Clyburn says some business leaders thanked him MP3)
Clyburn says some business leaders thanked him MP3
The SC Chamber of Commerce’s Washington Night is a yearly event for state corporate leaders to meet with Washington lawmakers face to face.