Jan 12 2020
Standing Up for America
Qassem Soleimani was a terrorist who was personally responsible for horrific crimes in the Middle East. Soleimani maimed, wounded, and killed thousands of American troops. He trained terrorist groups and launched attacks against civilian targets. In December, he orchestrated attacks that killed an American defense contractor in Iraq and assaults against the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He was planning new attacks on American targets, but President Trump stopped him.
Unfortunately, President Obama chose to appease Iran and enriched its ability to fund terrorist proxy groups by sending a planeload of $1.7 billion in unmarked cash. Cash that likely bought the very missiles launched at our bases last week. Since receiving this money, Iran has been on a tirade: seizing ships in international waters, launching an unprovoked strike on Saudi Arabia, shooting down two U.S. drones, and killing 1,500 of its citizens.
With his decisive action, President Trump stood up to the Iranian regime, and terrorists everywhere, warning them of the consequences of their actions against American lives and interests. The response by my colleagues across the aisle to limit his power to respond to such actions is unpatriotic and irresponsible. The War Powers Resolution introduced by the Democrats and voted on by the House dangerously restricts President Trump's ability to protect our country against bad actors in Iran. I voted in opposition to the Democrat’s irresponsible resolution.
Our world is a safer place without Soleimani. I thank President Trump and our brave men and women in uniform who keep America safe.
Honoring our Law Enforcement
Last Thursday was Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. I am so grateful for law enforcement officers everywhere and especially those in the Seventh District for their service and sacrifice for our community.
I especially want to honor the life of Florence Regional Airport Officer Jackson Winkeler. Officer Winkeler made the ultimate sacrifice defending our community and was laid to rest in Florence last week. Please join me in saying a prayer for his family and the entire Florence community.
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
New opportunities are coming to the Pee Dee! Last week, Huber Engineered Woods announced that it is bringing 30 new jobs to Dillon County through a $30 million investment. Additionally, 25 new jobs will be coming to Marion County where Pee Dee Extractors announced a $2.9 million investment.
Through a combination of tax reform, regulatory reform, and the Dillon Inland Port, opportunity has been restored to those who had been left behind. I am so proud of all that we have accomplished and I will keep working to grow our national and local economy!
Tomorrow Night's Telephone Town Hall
I'm hosting a Telephone Town Hall tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. During the call, I will provide an update on current federal issues and answer questions from you on issues concerning the Seventh District. Please see the details below to register. As your representative, I can't do my job unless I hear from you. I hope to talk to you then!
Seventh District Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
Please join me to pray for our community and our district on January 22nd at the Seventh District Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. You can find more details in the invitation below. Please RSVP by calling my Grand Strand Office at (843) 445-6459 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All are welcome! I hope to see you there!
ICYMI: Capitol Watch with Bob Juback
I joined Capitol Watch with Bob Juback to discuss the crisis in Iran, I-73, President Trump, and upcoming legislative priorities in Congress. If you missed it, check out the link below to watch the full interview!
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Good Luck Clemson!
Good luck to the Clemson Tigers as they defend their national title against LSU tomorrow night! Go Tigers!