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DERANGED SENATE MEDICAL AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE SETS TONE OF 2022 GOP PRIORITIES

DERANGED SENATE MEDICAL AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE SETS TONE OF 2022 GOP PRIORITIES

COLUMBIA, SC — This morning the South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee debated S. 811, which allows medical professionals to discriminate against patients by withholding care. SCDP Chair Trav Robertson, Jr. released the following statement:

“It is baffling to me that on the second day of the legislative session, Republican state senators spent over an hour debating a bill that allows practitioners to discriminate against elderly and dying patients. South Carolinians want expanded, affordable access to healthcare, not a bill that allows doctors to become the arbiters of death. If this is any indication of how 2022 is going to play out at the South Carolina State House, it seems Republicans will spend the coming months wasting time and taxpayer dollars in pursuit of a far-right wing agenda. We will fight this discriminatory legislation tooth and nail.

“Clearly these modern day Republicans do not subscribe to the moral tenets of Ronald Reagan, who signed the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act which requires patients be treated regardless of their ability to pay.

“Senator Brad Hutto deserves a lot of credit for holding Republican elected officials accountable for this terrible legislation. He poked so many holes in Senator Josh Kimbrell’s testimony, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, that S.811 is carried over for additional debate in the subcommittee.”

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DERANGED SENATE MEDICAL AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE SETS TONE OF 2022 GOP PRIORITIES

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY, SC REPUBLICANS JOINED SEDITIONISTS & TRAITORS

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY, SC REPUBLICANS JOINED SEDITIONISTS & TRAITORS
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COLUMBIA, SC — Today marks one year since the former president and Republicans incited a violent coup to overthrow the government while members of congress were carrying out their constitutional duty. The South Carolina Democratic Party remembers the lives lost during the treasonous assault on the United States Capitol. We thank the brave Capitol Police men and women who worked tirelessly to protect the Capitol building and those inside it on January 6th, and everyday.

Following the attack on the Capitol, South Carolina Republicans refused to take any responsibility for their seditious actions and have spent months trying to stall answers about the events of January 6th.

  • Representatives Duncan, Rice, Norman, Timmons, and Wilson voted against certifying the results of a free and fair election, refusing to carry out their constitutional duty
  • Ralph Norman voted against giving the Congressional Gold Medal to Capitol Police members who protected him from the angry mob of seditionists
  • Duncan, Mace, Norman, Timmons, Wilson, Graham and Scott voted against the independent commission to investigate the coup

“The South Carolina Republican delegation is full of seditionists and traitors who have defied their oath to the constitution and instead made an allegiance to Donald Trump,” said SCDP Chair Trav Robertson, Jr. “They spent months spreading lies about election fraud that incited a violent coup. They were complicit in these attacks and have spent the last year trying to hinder any attempts to find answers. Ralph Norman even voted against awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Capitol Police members who tried to stop the riots. We must hold them accountable in court and at the ballot box.”

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ONE YEAR AGO TODAY, SC REPUBLICANS JOINED SEDITIONISTS & TRAITORS

Graham Pushes For Senate Hearing On Rising Crime Rates

Graham Pushes For Senate Hearing On Rising Crime Rates

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman to call for a hearing on the drastic rise in violent crime in the United States. The letter was signed by all Republican members of the committee.

“As you know, reducing violent crime is a topic about which many members of the committee are deeply passionate,” wrote the senators. “Beginning in the summer of 2020, the country has experienced a sustained and unprecedented 30% increase in murders. This spike has correlated with a move toward depolicing, after the eruption of over 500 riots nationally.”

While the Trump Administration took steps to combat violent crime, the senators noted that the Biden Administration’s plan is more focused on targeting lawful firearm owners.

“In June of 2021, the Biden Administration unveiled its own strategy to reduce violent crime,” wrote the senators. “We were troubled to see how much of the President’s strategy focuses on lawful gun acquisition and lawful gun owners. For example, one of the tenets of the President’s plan is finding ways to sue legal gun manufacturers, an initiative that would do much to interfere with Americans’ access to guns but nothing to target murders or reduce crime…Legally owned firearms play an important role in allowing Americans to protect themselves during a violent crime surge. A 2013 CDC-commissioned study found that as many as millions of people a year defend themselves with a firearm.”

The senators wrote to Chairman Durbin following a field hearing on reducing violent crime in Durbin’s hometown of Chicago that Judiciary Committee Republicans were blocked from participating in virtually. The senators noted that a spike in violent crime has impacted cities across the nation and a national focus on the issue is of great importance.

“We therefore request that you hold a full committee hearing in Washington, D.C. on the spike in murders and the challenges that law enforcement is facing. Ineffective bail policies, cumbersome restraints on police officers, and the impact of the “progressive prosecutor” movement are exacerbating this surge,” wrote the senators.

The full text of the letter is below.

Dear Chairman Durbin:

Yesterday you held a hearing entitled, “Combating Gun Trafficking and Reducing Violence in Chicago” at the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse in Chicago, Illinois.

As you know, reducing violent crime is a topic about which many members of the committee are deeply passionate. Beginning in the summer of 2020, the country has experienced a sustained and unprecedented 30% increase in murders.[1] This spike has correlated with a move toward depolicing,[2] after the eruption of over 500 riots nationally.[3] Former Attorney General Bill Barr responded with Operation Legend, an initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies worked in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime. By the end of 2020, the initiative had yielded 467 homicide arrests and seized thousands of firearms and kilos of drugs.[4]

In June of 2021, the Biden Administration unveiled its own strategy to reduce violent crime.[5] We were troubled to see how much of the President’s strategy focuses on lawful gun acquisition and lawful gun owners. For example, one of the tenets of the President’s plan is finding ways to sue legal gun manufacturers, an initiative that would do much to interfere with Americans’ access to guns but nothing to target murders or reduce crime. A 2019 study by DOJ found that few firearms used in crime are acquired from firearm dealers, about 7%, compared to 56% who stole a firearm or bought it in a black market.[6] Legally owned firearms play an important role in allowing Americans to protect themselves during a violent crime surge. A 2013 CDC-commissioned study found that as many as millions of people a year defend themselves with a firearm.[7]

We understand that the hearing included witnesses who could answer questions about the President’s plan and the challenges of countering this increase in crime. Although the hearing occurred in Chicago, the Chairman’s hometown, travel to Chicago would have been difficult for the other members of the committee during the last few weeks of the work period. Accordingly, we previously requested that you make virtual or telephone questioning available. That request was denied.

We therefore request that you hold a full committee hearing in Washington, D.C. on the spike in murders and the challenges that law enforcement is facing. Ineffective bail policies, cumbersome restraints on police officers, and the impact of the “progressive prosecutor” movement are exacerbating this surge. While it would have been helpful to explore the effects of these factors on crime in Chicago, given the many other cities that are impacted by the crime surge, we believe it would be even more useful if we could explore these problems on a national scale with the full committee.

Thank you for your attention to this request.

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Graham Pushes For Senate Hearing On Rising Crime Rates

Graham Backs Legislation Preventing Settlement Payments To Illegal Immigrants

Graham Backs Legislation Preventing Settlement Payments To Illegal Immigrants

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today signed on to legislation, the Protect American Taxpayer Dollars from Illegal Immigration Act, to prevent federal funds from being used for payments to illegal immigrants at the expense of hardworking American taxpayers.
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Graham Backs Legislation Preventing Settlement Payments To Illegal Immigrants