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Mark Sanford Issues Statement On #Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, Representative Mark Sanford (SC-1) released the following statement following his third vote in the last 10 days to avoid the government shutdown that began at midnight. This most recent measure would have funded the government at current levels through December 15th, delay the individual mandate from…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, Representative Mark Sanford (SC-1) released the following statement following his third vote in the last 10 days to avoid the government shutdown that began at midnight. This most recent measure would have funded the government at current levels through December 15th, delay the individual mandate from the Affordable Care Act for one year and prevent Members of Congress, staff and presidential appointees from receiving subsidies under Obamacare not available to the public.

Over the last 10 days, Representative Sanford has voted to ensure the troops get paid regardless, has voted three times for resolutions that would avert a government shutdown and has promised to donate his pay for the length of time the government is shutdown to charity. Additionally, he held a telephone town hall from Washington with concerned constituents on Sunday, once it became clear that a shutdown was possible.

“The battle being fought over the Continuing Resolution, to me, comes down to a fundamental Constitutional issue based on the idea that selective implementation of a law warrants delaying that law, and justifies the action being taken by the House of Representatives,” said Sanford.

“Our society has been held together for over 200 years in no small part due to the belief that our system was fair or equitable, yet the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been anything but that. 1,200 businesses were exempted before the employer mandate was delayed, seven different areas of the bill were unilaterally delayed by the President, Members of Congress and their staffs were exempted…the list goes on, yet the individual mandate affecting all Americans remains, despite very real concerns about this law in its present form. The resolution I voted for tonight levels the playing field for individuals by giving everyone the delay that businesses and others have received.”

“Our Constitution and our government is predicated on the notion that the Executive Branch administers the law and is given no authority to revise the law by picking and choosing which points will be enforced. We are now plowing new Constitutional ground because the President has not come to Congress to fix these problems in the law.”

“I realize the degree to which many people have become frustrated with the process, and their concern with combining the separate debates of funding the government and delaying implementation. I also recognize that the Senate and President’s perspective will ultimately prevail because 2 beats 1 in politics, but that doesn’t mean that as Representative we should not work in every way possible to voice what we perceive to be the majority perspective of the very people who sent us here. Government shutdowns are the bluntest of leverage points in politics and have occurred 17 times over the last 36 years … they are a tool that most times remains best unused. However, in this particular case I’d argue that we have reached the point where it is necessary again to use every tool available to affect some sort of change to this law, given the very real Constitutional issues surrounding its implementation.”

Sanford’s Washington office and both his district offices, located in Mt. Pleasant and Beaufort, will remain open during the government shutdown, but at reduced staff levels.

“Over half the staff has been furloughed due to the government shutdown, but all three offices will remain open for business, in order to ensure fulfillment of Representative Sanford’s constitutional responsibilities,” said spokesman Jon Kohan.

In order to provide the most efficient service during the shutdown, constituents seeking assistance with personal matters related to the federal government are asked to contact the Mt. Pleasant office at 843-352-7572 or the Beaufort office at 843-521-2530, while those seeking information related to the shutdown or other legislative matters are asked to contact the Washington office at 202-225-3176.


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Frank Pytel October 1, 2013 at 8:20 am

#ObamacareOffLine #ObamaCrash #ObuttheadFailsAgain

The system is down. Has been since 12:01 EST.


Frank Pytel October 1, 2013 at 8:21 am

Where the hell is Snarks, GG and the rest of the pond floaters. LOL

Smirks October 1, 2013 at 8:30 am

That’s strange, the system appears to be up as far as I can see. :)

Frank Pytel October 1, 2013 at 8:41 am Reply
Smirks October 1, 2013 at 8:59 am

Wow, they’re experiencing heavy loads on opening day. Couldn’t be because of tons of people signing in to try and see what their coverage options are!

Thanks for further proving it is working, Frank. :)

Edit: Clicked refresh once and it is back to asking for a login. Gosh darnit! Stop working! lol…

Smirks October 1, 2013 at 10:27 am

So Drudge and Twitchy agree, people are logging into the site at such numbers that their servers can’t take it, but somehow, this means Obamacare is “unpopular” and “isn’t working.” Sure thing boss!

All it is is servers getting overwhelmed at the sheer demand of people who need affordable options but did not have any options until today. That’s the unfortunate truth, Frank. People want health care, and thanks to the exchanges, thousands upon thousands of them will finally be able to get it.

Oh the humanity!

#Reality #LOLGOP #ItsTheLaw #GetOverIt

Frank Pytel October 1, 2013 at 11:17 am

Yeah, can’t today snarks. Putting on a good old fasioned drunk. Found out today my son is failing three classes. The court order says i get to do homework. The CUSTODIAL GUARDIAN says if i try to do COURT ORDERED HOMEWORK (that is, i get to teach my son about math english and history) then the cunt says I AM IN VIOLATION OF THE COURT ORDER AND THE CUNT, MY fracking cunt feminazi MOTHER God fuck her soul… Ahh fuckit. I’ll come tell you what a commie cunt you are tomm. EAT SHIT AND DIE TO ALL THOSE PRECIOUS COMMUNIST SOULS LIVING IN THESE USSA. FOR TBAT LOVELY BBB FUCKING CUNT NAZI SACKS OF SHIT, GUANNO BAT STINKING MULA SHIT AT THE NSA. FUCKYOUANDDIEOBUTTHEADANDTHEREST

Anne Smith October 1, 2013 at 2:50 pm

No wonder your kid is failing 3 subjects. Probably takes after you.

John Boy October 1, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Goddamn, Frank. Maybe that school should bring back Pizza Day?

Frank Pytel October 1, 2013 at 11:20 am


tomstickler October 1, 2013 at 11:37 am

The predicted assploding has happened!

Frank Pytel October 1, 2013 at 11:52 am

Hey, you’re afucking newb here aswipe. From what I’ve read you’re a fucking newb to the whole fucking world. I ‘ put dollars to FUCKING DONUTS YOU FUCKING CUNT That even Smirks knows what a bad day is and when it happens ASSCUNTHOLECOCKSUCKWAD.

J Gord October 3, 2013 at 9:08 pm

System WAS overloaded, but there are VERY HELPFUL people to assist one with any queries by phone while one waits in queue. I’m in. It only required a bit of patience and the acumen to know the difference between “down” and “busy”.

Frank Pytel October 4, 2013 at 1:22 am

You should call the msm. They’re still reporting a big fat goose egg. Could be a pay day for you. Then you wouldnt have to steel from your children.

J Gord October 4, 2013 at 5:26 am

I do not steal from my grandchildren. I rejoice that now, they can never be denied medical insurance due to preexisting conditions or lose coverage due to having exceeded a lifetime limit! I am relieved for them that their parents, who work full-time for companies that don’t offer healthcare plans, can finally afford to cover themselves and not be demanded to pay $17,000 UP FRONT for removal of a dead gall bladder filled with stones. Now, my grandchildren won’t have to ever have their home taken away if someone in the family becomes very I’ll and requires lifelong extensive treatment.

Frank Pytel October 4, 2013 at 6:12 am

I appreciate your sentiments, but health insurance was available to anyone willing to pay for it prior to Oshitforbrainscare. On top of that, it is ILLEGAL for any Dr. or hospital to refuse to care for a patient on the ability to pay. You see, OshitforbrainsCare started back… what, 50’s? late 40’s maybe?? IDK and don’t care. This policy is just another way for the gubmint to stick their grubby little fingers into the pockebooks of the citizenry.

The only other logical (Pfft) explanation I can understand for the little bit of popularity that it has is that now deadbeats don’t have to worry about the bill collector calling.

Good luck with your kids keeping there full time jobs. Seen the new lately? Just sayin’.

I agree that 17G is expensive for surgery, but the cost is a result of people demanding ‘BEST,BEST,BEST’. Doctors are forced to routinely use testing methodologies that are unnecessary and unwarranted. Lets not get started on liberal judges dolling out millions for hot coffee malpractice. :P Why does anyone NEED a Jaguar, when a Toyota will do.

As to your theft, (and theft it is to participate in these programs) ObuttheadCare is no more insurance than SS. If your old, and your taking these things, you’re stealing from your children and grandchildren. Plain and Simple.

‘I PAID, I PAID’. That dog don’t hunt son. Who was stolen from to pay for the first recipients check? Someone else lost out, via legalized gubmint theft, so someone else could win. It can’t be argued away or swept under the rug. Only willfully and maliciously ignored.

The only way your going to see the cost of goods and services come down, (And I don’t mean out of your pocket. I mean the cost is lower tomorrow than it is today for every single person in These United States of America) is to criminalize insurance policies for what they are. Gambling. If people are forced to actually pay for the services they use, they will use the services they need and no more.

I gotta get back to work. I’d love to sit and chat. My contact information is all over this fracking site. I’m in Columbia, SC. Lets get together over a beer. Forums are definitely not the place to try to have rational conversations. To many people feel comfortable telling the other person to eat crud because they don’t have to be held accountable for their words. In person, folks tend to be a little more civil because they may not yet know if their sitting across from a psycho or something.

Have a Great Day!! Don’t take any wooden nickels. And for goodness sake, stop stealing from your children.

Frank Pytel October 4, 2013 at 8:35 am

Read your post up for the mods (why for the mods??)

I call BS. That’s a damn lie. My family member went in for gall bladder last year. Thank God surgery was avoided. I call BS. Just lost me now. Fracking Lemming.

J Gord October 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

Your opinion regarding the veracity of my sharing of a very true and awful experience that occurred within my family is not a concern of mine. Nor is your obtuseness. I have no worry about anything that I post being read by a moderator. Read away.

J Gord October 4, 2013 at 11:56 am

…but I will have you know that I am not only not a liar; I am no lemming. I do my own research and do not sit around listening to Rush Limbaugh and FOX “News”, then believe that I have knowledge.

Frank Pytel October 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Don’t you cuss me. I ain’t no dam liberal Repuklicrat.

Smirks October 1, 2013 at 8:36 am

Sanford’s mistress I guess doesn’t get health insurance through Sanford’s workplace (unless they got married and I missed it), is she looking on the exchanges for affordable coverage? lol…

The real reason Mark’s OK with a shutdown is because it allows him to further granstrand, all without losing a dime of his own money (after all, Congress doesn’t stop getting paid). What a hero. Mark is one of the countless goons “heroically” trying to fund every last dime of bad spending that they rant and rave about as long as they can repeal, defund, delay, or whatever the hell else they can do to Obamacare. He’s nothing but gimmick, that was the case before he was elected and will be the case forever after.

“Quick, put up another doomed-from-the-start defunding bill! That will totally end the shutdown, for reals! Why can’t the Democrats just give us everything we want? That’s how bipartisanship works, right? I offer you giving up everything, and when you refuse, I offer you giving up everything again and you’re supposed to agree!”

Frank Pytel October 1, 2013 at 8:39 am

Frack that ol’ boy. Reid is putting the final nail in his political coffin. #SHUTERDOWN #ObuttheadFailsAgain.

nitrat October 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

He’s got special permission to carry his mistress on junkets to Israel and who knows where else during the recent break. Usually, only family members can accompany.
Wonder if they skinny dipped in the Dead Sea like Eric Cantor’s bunch did last year on this annual Israeli special interest paid trip?
Now that it appears he is actually supporting her in DC, the term ‘mistress’ applies more than ever.
At least, she appears to understand if he cheated with her, he will likely cheat on her, and is reluctant to move beyond ‘fiance’.

carrie October 1, 2013 at 9:55 am

In “Staying True” written by Sanford’s ex-wife, he tooted Belen’s wealth. She apparently does not need medical coverage or has her own through the company she works for. What we would like to know is this—is she an American citizen?

kids needs shoes October 1, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Maybe Sanford is more the gigolo than Chapur is the mistress?

nitrat October 1, 2013 at 9:09 am

Mark Sanford is the GOPer king of the meaningless political gesture that he can safely do and NOT endanger HIS government paycheck…while accomplishing not a single one of his talking points, aka ‘goals’.
20 years of it, people. 20 fucking years.
What are the chances that the carpetbaggers who elected this carpetbagger in the state’s carpetbagger district will EVER get it?

CNSYD October 1, 2013 at 9:59 am

Good question for carpetbagger/scalawag Davis.

jimlewisowb October 1, 2013 at 9:13 am

Alex Thornton Write in Candidate for Governor

carrie October 1, 2013 at 9:48 am

I believe he voted the way his constituents from SC 1 wanted. Look at his facebook wall and read the comments from the voters.
He also said he would donate his salary to charities during the government shutdown.

CNSYD October 1, 2013 at 10:02 am

How do you know that these are REAL people, much less voters? Is Sanfraud trustworthy?

IRT donations, don’t listen to what he SAYS, look at what he does/did after all the smoke clears.

bogart October 1, 2013 at 10:08 am

What the hell does the ACA and birth control have to do with funding the govermant…..the Tea Party controls Ted Cruz and Ted Cruz controls the GOP.No doubt Sanford is upset that his friend Rand Paul has been thrown off the throne by Cruz.The gov’t has been shut down because Cruz wants attention and money and the GOP is scared of him.Sanford and his other House members are totally controlled by a Canadian citizen that wants to be President of the US……..and it ain’t gonna happen.

carrie October 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

GOP is scared of Cruz? Why? Did we miss something?

Manray October 1, 2013 at 10:54 am

Sanford makes the interesting comment: “Our Constitution and our government is predicated on the notion that the Executive Branch administers the law and is given no authority to revise the law by picking and choosing which points will be enforced.” I recall George W. Bush’s unprecedented level of use of so-called “signing statements” which indicated aspects of specific legislation he would not act upon or enforce. I can find no comment from Sanford on this matter. Did he disagree with Bush too or is this more Republican selective outrage?

William October 1, 2013 at 11:38 am

Does anyone other than those nuts in the Low Country who forced this embarrassment on the rest of us care what this guy thinks? If his lips are moving he is lying.

Manray October 1, 2013 at 11:41 am

It is not that he’s a liar that bothers me, it is that he’s so arrogant and self-righteous. He needs his comeuppance — anywhere but SC and he would have had it already.

William October 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm

“It is not that he’s a liar…”

So you are saying he was on the Appalachian Trail. Anyone who would concoct such a huge lie, for his own benefit can never be trusted. He is willing to lie when it suits him, and therefor you can believe nothing he says. If you do you are as much a fool as those fools in the Low Country who voted for him.

Manray October 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm

You misunderstand me and should temper your words. I don’t dispute that he’s a liar, but he IS a professional politician. What bothers me about him are other shortcomings in his character and personality. That a politician would obfuscate, mislead and play loose with the facts doesn’t surprise me at all. I never have voted for him and the sun will never rise on the day I would.

Jesus H. Christ! October 1, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Sanford will still get his fat federal paycheck.

Manray October 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm

They all will.

ELCID October 2, 2013 at 10:54 am

What an IDIOT!!!
Obama Care is totally CONSTITUTIONAL!!

It was passed by a vast majority of the House, Senate, Signed by the President of the United States, Challenged and upheld as CONSTITUTIONAL by the United States Supreme Court.

OBAMACARE is one of the few things not effected by the Government Shutdown.
It’s going on with or without these idiot right wing fools support.


He needs to get out of SC and go back to screwing Argentina Women and stop screwing SC Citizens with his BS!!!

Jim Godfrey October 3, 2013 at 2:10 am

Our tea party republicans are simply taking the position that “they have theirs and they can look down their pious noses at those who do not.” From this position they can limit those who might ultimately compete with them for treasure or influence.

This silliness clearly doesn’t provide for economic stability for the country or those poor slobs whose lives and jobs depend on that economic and government stability.

This life long republican would rather change parties than be associated with these selfish, self serving jackasses.


monodist October 3, 2013 at 4:40 am

“I don’t think poor people in this country need additional healthcare
choices. I know this is true because recently I have spent a
considerable amount of time amongst the poor people of Appalachia,
particularly those that live along the border of Kentucky and Rio de

— Mark ‘Soulmate’ Sanford (R) Brazil

Jim godfrey October 4, 2013 at 1:12 am

Don’t waste your breath or fingers to remark about this guy. He does not represent the citizens of the US. He serves only a party who serve themselves over the rank and file Americans. They have theirs already.

Recognize a guy with no morals with regard to his family will most certainly be above the service of the greater good of this country.

Treat him with the same disrespect he has shown the population of the country.


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