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D.C. roundup: Scott on McMaster, Wilson on vaccines and Allen on border

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Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 3:33 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2021 at 10:17 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C- U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and Gov. Henry McMaster have endorsed each other in their Republican primary races for 2022.

And Scott will be a special guest at a fundraiser for McMaster’s reelection campaign next month.

McMaster has yet to draw a primary opponent with significant fundraising, though Greenville businessman John Warren — who largely self-funded his campaign and forced McMaster into a runoff in 2018 — hasn’t ruled out trying again.

Scott is the Senate’s only Black Republican and says this will be his last Senate campaign.

He’s being mentioned as a possible contender for president in 2024 and is already traveling to early-voting states.

Wilson says companies can mandate vaccinations

WASHINGTON - South Carolina U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson released a comment on the Savannah River Site COVID vaccine mandate.

Last month, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the operations and management contractor at the Department of Energy complex, announced vaccination would be required for employment.

It comes after President Joe Biden mandated the vaccine for all federal contractors and large businesses.

Wilson says although he is against the mandate, “as a private entity, they have the legal right to create the guidelines for employment within their company.”

The contractor announced the mandate in early September, and key deadlines are approaching this week, leading to statements from employees who’ve refused to get vaccinated.

Allen pushes letter on migrant matters

WASHINGTON - Rep. Rick W. Allen, R-Augusta, on Wednesday led a letter signed by more than 40 members of Congress to the Department of Homeland Security.

It was in response to the recent announcement of its intention to issue a new memo terminating the Migrant Protection Protocols also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy.

“If the Department abandons the tools needed to secure our border, it is a dereliction of duty and an insult to the officials on the ground who have been on hand to implement MPP, despite partisan leaders at the top constantly working to undermine its success.

“The men and women working under the Department of Homeland Security face immense challenges every day, and they deserve clear guidance as they enforce our immigration laws. They should never be subjected to misguided political directives that make their jobs more difficult. We strongly urge you to uphold the decisions of the court by implementing MPP and performing your duty to secure our border. We look forward to a timely response”

McMaster urges Congress to protect auto workers, manufacturers from bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Gov. Henry McMaster is asking Congress to reject a piece of legislation that he thinks would discriminate against state auto workers and manufacturers in regard to electric vehicle manufacturers.

The legislation gives tax credits to electric vehicle manufacturers with collective bargaining agreements or negotiations between employers and employees.

“We are deeply concerned that Congress is considering legislation that not only discriminates against certain American workers but also undermines the efforts by automotive manufacturers to grow the electric vehicle market and meet broader climate goals,” wrote Governor McMaster. “Specifically, among other limitations, Congress is considering legislation that will give increased tax credits to electric vehicles built by U.S. factories where employees have a collective bargaining agreement. The proposal will discriminate against autoworkers and car companies in our state simply because these workers have chosen not to unionize.”

McMaster says the most effective way to grow electric vehicle manufacturing is to grow the market through product offerings and incentives to reduce costs. He says they want the vehicles to be competitive and to succeed but not while putting other vehicles at a disadvantage.

Ossoff targets nursing shortage in Georgia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff says he’s working to secure additional funding in the budget reconciliation bill to expand the National Health Service Corps and Nurse Corps to address the shortage of health care workers in Georgia and nationwide.

Long before the pandemic, Georgia has faced a severe health care workforce shortage.

“COVID-19 has left hospitals and clinics understaffed and medical teams overworked,” said Ossoff, D-Ga.

His staff says he hopes to ease that problem.

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