Columbia, SC ? Following the passage of bipartisan legislation to end the federal government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling to avoid default, SCDP Chairman Jaime Harrison released this statement:
?Tonight’s action is a victory of pragmatism over politics, where compromise won out over rigid ideology. South Carolina families can sleep easier knowing the government is reopening and we will not destroy the economy with a reckless default. Tonight, scores of Democrats and Republicans lived up to their oaths to protect and defend this great nation – but not the majority of South Carolina’s elected officials. What a disgrace.
“Sen. Tim Scott, and every Republican from South Carolina in the House voted to default on our obligations and keep the government shut down. The GOP Representatives were elected to serve the people of our state and improve the country; Tim Scott was appointed by Tea-Party Governor Nikki Haley to go to Washington to help her carry out her will. Rather than standing up for South Carolinians, every one of them chose to play Tea-Party politics despite the damage to our families and our economy. It’s time for new leadership for South Carolina.
“The 2014 elections may be more than a year away, but this kind of shamefully partisan behavior from the Tea-Party delegation and their leader Governor Nikki Haley is not something that the people of South Carolina will forget.”
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