Weekly Review: January 11, 2019
Congressman Joe Cunningham
Proudly Serving South Carolina’s Lowcountry
January 11, 2019
A note from Joe: This was my first full week as a U.S. Congressman, and boy was it a busy one! As many of you know, my predecessor Mark Sanford communicated with his constituents through a weekly newsletter that shared what was happening in Congress. That’s a tradition I wanted to continue, and so this marks the first of many weekly reviews.
Last week, on my very first day in office, I voted on a series of bipartisan bills to end the government shutdown. The fundamental job of Congress is to pass a budget and fund the government. There is no reason that we shouldn’t be able to do that with the bills we passed last week, which were already negotiated and passed unanimously in the Senate. I came to Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion and get things done, a sentiment I believe most of my colleagues share. The Senate needs to do its job and re-open the government, so we can get back to work.
Clemson wins! I was fortunate to be at home in West Ashley for the National Championship Game, and was able to watch the Tigers roll through Alabama at Charleston Sports Pub. I had a great time watching the game, and an even better time winning a prize from my colleague, Rep. Byrne.
Good news from the AG’s office: I applaud Attorney General Alan Wilson’s decision to join the federal lawsuit to prevent this Administration from drilling off South Carolina’s coast. South Carolinians on both sides of the aisle stand together in opposition to offshore drilling.
The Coastal Economies Protection Act: I introduced my first piece of legislation, the Coastal Economies Protection Act, a bill that would place a ten-year moratorium on off-shore oil and gas drilling and seismic airgun blasting off the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. When I started my campaign, I promised the people of the Lowcountry that, if elected, I would work to protect South Carolina's coastlines from offshore drilling. I am proud to have the support of a bipartisan group of lawmakers, advocates, and organizations up and down the coast of South Carolina. In Congress, Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) signed on to be an original co-sponsor on day one.
You can watch remarks from my press conference in Shem Creek through a link here.
Congress can be pretty confusing (even for me!) and if you’re not entirely sure how a bill becomes a law or what this all means, I created a great explainer video. You can follow along with me as I take my first piece of legislation from my office to the Capitol floor!
Speaking on the House Floor: I gave my very first floor speech on my bill, the Coastal Economies Protection Act, urging my colleagues to take a firm stand against offshore drilling and cosponsor the bill.
Most actions in Congress are viewed through a partisan lens. The opposition to offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting, however, crosses party lines. In a time where Democrats and Republicans cannot agree on much, that this particular issue has such bipartisan support is even more significant.
Upcoming events: I have my first in-district work week from January 21-25 and will be holding a whole host of events across the Lowcountry. Stay tuned for more!