(Anne Eller of affiliate WLMA in Greenwood contributed to this report)
First District Congressman Tim Scott was the only South Carolina congressman to vote for a three-week extension on the federal operating budget. The freshman congressman held a town hall meeting in North Charleston this week to try and clear the air with his constituents. After the meeting, he appeared on WLMA in Greenwood.
We have an opportunity to talk about the issues that will make America better, and it may be a painful path, but we must walk the path of smooth prosperity, and we have to do it by starting cutting and growing our economy at the same time.
One of Scott’s hottest topics is a continuing resolution that serves as a joint legislation to fund the federal government for programs–if an appropriations bill was not signed.
I voted for the continuing resolution because ‘Obamacare’ is mandatory spending. Mandatory spending cannot be a part of ‘Obamacare.’ Unfortunately, many news outlets said the $105 billion was a part of the continuing resolution, which scared a lot of the Republicans from voting for the second continuing resolution. The second continuing resolution was the exact same as the first continuing resolution.
Scott says the goal was to cut $2 billion over a three week period of time, cutting a total of $6 billion from the federal budget.
At Scott’s most recent meeting, about 150 people gathered in North Charleston to hear his explanations for voting for the two-week continuing resolution. Scott also hinted of other more difficult budget decisions he says are yet to come.
Between now and April 8, we must come to a long-term deal that would fund the government through the end of September. What we have to remember is this very important point: The continuing resolution only deals with 14 percent of the budget. It doesn’t give us access to the entitlement program, mandatory spending like ‘Obamacare’ is not a part of the continuing resolution.
The continuing resolution runs out April 8.
Anne Eller, WLMA in Greenwood contributed to this report.