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Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations The Right To Appeal Act—Continued May 19, 2015
Lindsey Graham, R-SC
"Come to South Carolina and tell the people at Boeing and all of their suppliers—and go to the Greenville GE plant that hires thousands of South Carolinians and all of their small business suppliers—why it is a good idea for America to shut down a bank that makes money for the taxpayers that allows us to be competitive. Tell them how you think that is a good way to grow our economy. Tell those people who have good jobs in South Carolina—and who will surely lose market share because we closed our Bank down—how proud they should be of your ideological purity."
Support Electric Cooperatives April 22, 2015
Joe Wilson, R-SC
"Mr. Speaker, over 1.5 million rural South Carolinians receive their power through local electric cooperatives, who work to keep costs low and maintain high energy standards. Unfortunately, President Obama established new regulations for electric water heaters 5 years ago, destroying jobs. These regulations went into effect last week and have negatively impacted the cooperatives by limiting their ability to manage water heaters during peak time, making consumers pay for an inefficient use of resources."
One River, One Boat January 14, 2015
James Clyburn, D-SC
"Now, Mr. Speaker, I have attended several inaugurations of South Carolina’s Governors. Some were shorter than others. None were allotted a specific amount of time. South Carolinians are proud of their poet laureates, but all have not always agreed with the import of their writings. I believe it is wrong to not include this prolific, artistic expression in this year’s ceremony."
Tributes For Gov. James B. Edwards January 6, 2015
Joe Wilson, R-SC
"James B. Edwards exhibited, among many other positive attributes, a keen sense of the politically possible. So when the oral surgeon from Mount Pleasant launched his 1974 gubernatorial bid, he knew it was a very long shot. Yet he also knew something few politicians or pundits of that time realized: A powerful public demand for limited government and fiscal responsibility—and for a more conservative Republican party to lead that charge—was on the rise. It was made to order for Dr. Edwards’ political philosophy. And his engaging personal style helped him advance those goals on behalf of the public he served so well for so long as, among other jobs, governor of South Carolina and president of the Medical University of South Carolina. His death Friday at age 87 warrants a fresh recognition of his remarkable, admirable legacy—in and out of elective office. How stacked did the deck look against Dr. Edwards’ 1974 run for governor? It had been less than two years since he had won his first elective office as a state senator. It had been three years since he had lost his run for the 1st District congressional seat, though he did win the GOP nonmination in that race. And it had been 100 years since South Carolinians had elected a Republican governor. Dr. Edwards’ GOP primary opponent, retired Gen. William Westmoreland, had a huge name- recognition edge. And even after Dr. Edwards won that primary, he again was the underdog in the general election. But Democratic primary winner Charles “Pug” Ravenel was removed as his party’s nominee on a residency challenge, elevating runner-up William Jennings Bryan Dorn to the ballot. Dr. Edwards made 20th century history by defeating the 13-term congressman from the 3rd District. During his 1975-79 gubernatoral tenure, Dr. Edwards further established himself as a major player in the GOP’s shift to the right. After initially supporting former Texas Gov. John Connally, Gov. Edwards became a prominent supporter of Ronald Reagan’s 1976 bid for the party’s presidential nomination against incumbent Gerald Ford. Though that effort fell short, it set the stage for Mr. Reagan’s successful 1980 run. Despite his solid conservative credentials, Gov. Edwards established himself as a master of crossing party lines. As governor, he worked with the Democratic-controlled Senate and House to expand South Carolina’s industrial base with assorted incentives, uplift poor school districts with the Education Finance Act and protect the state’s long-term financial stability with a “rainy day” fund. Gov. Edwards also advanced the reorganization of state government. One of his allies in Columbia, Carroll Campbell, later became an effective champion of that cause during his two terms as governor (1987-95). S.C. governors were limited to a single term when Dr. Edwards served in that position. So after Mr. Reagan won the presidency in 1980, Dr. Edwards became U.S. energy secretary. He and President Reagan advocated eliminating the department. As then-Secretary Edwards warned: “There is only one thing that produces energy, and that’s the private sector, which government has hamstrung.” Secretary Edwards and his boss pushed to fold the agency into the Department of Commerce. Though Congress wouldn’t go along with that, Energy Secretary Edwards did manage to deeply cut the agency’s budget and reduce its staff by 2,000. He stepped up to another challenge in 1996, joining fellow former Govs. Campbell, John West, Robert McNair and Dick Riley in bi-partisan backing of Gov. David Beasley’s courageous call to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse dome. And under his 1982-99 leadership as MUSC president, the size of the campus more than tripled from 1.5 million square feet to 5 million square feet. Along the expanding way, MUSC’s reputation for providing both high-quality medical education and health care grew, too. In that ongoing process, the school has attracted top medical, research and teaching talent. MUSC paid fitting tribute to its former leader in 2010 when it dedicated the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. At the time of the dental college dedication, Dr. Jack Sanders, dean of that school, offered this accurate assessment of Dr. Edwards’ lasting contributions: “His entire life stands as a testament to the values of integrity and service, which we hope to instill in each of our students.” James B. Edwards’ legacy in South Carolina, at MUSC and beyond will long live on."
Bank On Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act—Motion To Proceed September 11, 2014
Lindsey Graham, R-SC
"The mistakes President Obama has made are real, and they have to be corrected. If the President will correct them, I will stand with him no matter what the polls show about troops on the ground. And I know how the President stands with South Carolinians—not very well. It is not about the President; it is not about this Senator; it is about us."

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