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America has officially entered the Biden Recession

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📛 America has officially entered the Biden Recession. Not that there was any doubt, but this morning it was confirmed. Now we know why the White House has been in overdrive lately trying to redefine the common definition of the word recession. More on that in a second. But first, according to data released this morning, our economy shrank during the quarter from April through June.…

A Profound Number

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A stack of 1 trillion pennies would reach the moon, come back to earth, and reach the moon again. Compared to millions and even billions, a trillion is a profound number. Think about this: 🔸 1 million seconds is equivalent to about 11 ½ days. 🔸 1 billion seconds is equivalent to about 31 ½ years. 🔸 1 trillion seconds is equivalent to over 31,710 years. Now think about this: since…

My National Debt Clock Bill

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Tell me this isn’t a great idea. Last night, I introduced a bill in the House that would require a national debt clock be displayed on the floor of the House of Representatives. Perhaps a huge scoreboard-like display behind the Speaker’s chair, or even a jumbotron hanging from the ceiling in the House chamber. I don’t really care what it would look like. The point is many of us in…

What’s Your Solution, Ralph?

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“What’s your solution, Ralph?” I get that question all the time, especially when I talk about wasteful spending in Congress and our $30 trillion in federal debt. Friends, our nation is heading for financial ruin. I’m so tired of being asked to vote “yes” on new spending bills with no offsets. I’m tired of bloated, wasteful government. I’m tired of agency heads who claim they can't do…

Hundreds of Billions of Dollars Wasted

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$50,000 to teach "Indigenous canoe-building."   $350,000 for "exploring the historical roots and persistent legacies of racism in American science and medicine."   $3,500,000 for programs addressing "racial equity, climate change, international relations, pandemic recovery, and strengthening democracy."   Hundreds of billions of dollars…

Convention of States

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Yesterday, South Carolina became the 19th state to formally call for a Convention of States to amend the U.S. Constitution. This is something I support, and I appreciate the efforts of those in the SC Statehouse and Governor McMaster on this front. Here’s the problem: our country is destined for ruin if we cannot get our fiscal house in order. We’re $30 trillion in debt, and the problem…

REPLAY: Joint Tele-Town Hall w/ Rep. Jeff Duncan and Rep. William Timmons

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A very special thanks to Congressman Jeff Duncan and Rep. William Timmons! The three of us hosted an incredible joint tele-town hall on April 5th, with tens of thousands of constituents joining us on the phone from back home in South Carolina. There were many great questions about inflation, illegal immigration, Ukraine, and other issues facing our country. You can catch a full replay…

Not a Serious Proposal

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It’s 30% good and 70% garbage. That’s how to describe President Biden’s $5.8 trillion budget proposal released yesterday.   Let’s start with the good. To his credit, Biden proposed a modest increase in military and national security spending. (I’d argue it’s not enough, but any efforts to increase military spending tend to upset his liberal base, so he’s in a bind here.)…

Upcoming Tele-Town Hall on April 5th

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Please make your calendar for Tuesday, April 5th at 6:00 PM ET for a special live telephone town hall.  Joining me will be two other congressman from South Carolina, Rep. Jeff Duncan and Rep. William Timmons! During this call, we'll be discussing the important domestic issues facing our country, including rising inflation, increases in violent crime, and alarming…

Anyone care to guess?

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Anyone care to guess how I’ll be voting in a few minutes? The House is about to vote on an omnibus spending bill. In overly simple terms, “omnibus” is when they throw a wide variety of spending into a single piece of legislation. This particular bill will cost us $1.5 trillion. The legislation itself is 2,700 pages long. The text was released just before 2 AM this morning, and…