Just after midnight last night, the president signed a bill passed by Congress to end a 16-day federal government shutdown, a bill opposed by all but two South Carolina lawmakers. (Spoiler alert.) Each for their own reasons (that they were more than happy to tell any reporter in earshot), the state’s legislative delegation, minus GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democatic Rep. Jim Clyburn, all voted “nay” on the measure.
The compromise reached Wednesday night puts off the looming threat of the nation defaulting on its debt until after the new year, and federal offices are open again today and local federal parks are once again open to the public (h/t, @rngrbrent).
Digging into media reports and the delegation members’ own social media posts, here’s what they all said:
Rep. Mark Sanford (R, SC-7)
— Mark Sanford (@MarkSanford) October 17, 2013
In typical Mark Sanford fashion, the born-again freshman rep voted against the measure for largely philosophical reasons, but didn’t mince words in an op-ed printed in today’s Post and Courier, “The questions that remain are what did all this mean? And where do we go from here?”
Sen. Tim Scott (R)
Just voted “no” on raising the debt ceiling. My statement here: http://t.co/w4aTcgrWEz
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) October 17, 2013
Senator Tim Scott, who’s been in the high house for almost a year now, says his “no” vote may have been different if he was still a lowly House rep, lamenting the process in the Senate, where Democrats hold a majority of the votes, “Ultimately, the House has the important responsibility of governing, while in the Senate we have to get Harry to let us be part of the governing.”
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D, SC-6)
Clyburn, like a lot of Democrats in the House, has kept a pretty low profile throughout the shutdown. From his statement Wednesday, “It is my sincere hope that this Congress will learn from this needless, manufactured crisis and work together…”
Clyburn, a member of the House Democratic leadership team, will also sit on the conference committee to hammer out differences between the two chambers ahead of the next debt ceiling crisis, just over 100 days away in February. Graham is also on the committee.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R)
As usual, Sen. Lindsey Graham was the most visible member of the state’s delegation throughout the latest string of showdowns in congress, and was the only Republican in the state to vote for the deal.
Early this week, Graham seemed to be lowering expectations ahead of the passage of a potential deal, “We really did go too far. We screwed up.” Yesterday morning, Graham called the compromise “a joke” for kicking the can down the road. The state’s senior senator was already taking a beating from his primary challengers, but they’re sure to have a field day over the next few weeks.
Jeff Duncan (R, SC-3)
Greenville-area Republican Jeff Duncan says he’s not happy with the deal and, like his colleagues in the Upstate, says the compromise doesn’t address the root causes of the crisis, but said “the fight was worth having” because people aren’t happy with Obamacare.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R, SC-5)
Mulvaney made news last week when he conceded that Republican efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act were “never ever, ever, ever going to happen,” but yesterday on CNN, Mulvaney, who was first elected in 2010 along with Duncan and Gowdy, diverted blame from Speaker John Boehner, saying “no one blames him for this” and that the speaker is “100 percent stronger” after the two-week shutdown.
Rep. Joe Wilson (R, SC-2)
More than 1,400 workers in Joe Wilson’s southwestern S.C. district were furloughed during the shutdown, leading Wilson to speak on and vote for a measure to send the Savannah River Site employees back to work. When it came to the final vote yesterday, Wilson voted “No.” “I am disappointed that I could not support tonight’s legislation because it did not reflect my core beliefs of limited government and expanded freedom.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R, SC-4)
Well, Trey Gowdy almost made it to the end of the shutdown without making too much news. Yesterday during a joint committee meeting, Gowdy skewered National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis for closing national war monuments during the shutdown, contrasting it with the treatment of ‘pot-smoking’ protesters (around 5:06) in McPherson Square near the White House during a demonstration in 2011.
In reaction to the shutdown, Gowdy asked (and answered), “Is it good to avert what would have happened tomorrow? Of course. Yes. Are we any closer to a global solution? No.”
Rep. Tom Rice (R, SC-7)
Halfway through the government shutdown, the newest member of the state’s House delegation, Tom Rice, rhetorically reached out to President Obama from the House floor, “Mr. President, can we talk?” In a statement yesterday, Rice said he couldn’t support a measure “that merely postpones another fiscal calamity,” calling for more action to address debt, entitlement programs, and workforce competitiveness.
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