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Scott is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
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Tim Scott sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
- Senate Committee on Finance
- Senate Committee on Armed Services
- Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
- Senate Special Committee on Aging
Scott was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Scott sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (26%)Education (18%)Health (16%)Crime and Law Enforcement (13%)Labor and Employment (11%)Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)Sports and Recreation (5%)Government Operations and Politics (5%)
Some of Scott’s most recently sponsored bills include...
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|Scott’s Vote||Vote Description|
|Yea||H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...|
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
|Nay||H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017|
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
|Yea||S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017|
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed 85/13.
|Nay||H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act|
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
|Nay||H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act|
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed 65/34.
This vote turned H.R 22, originally the Hire More Heroes Act, into the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647), a major bipartisan transportation bill, and the Export-Import Bank Reform and ...
|No||H.J.Res. 117 (112th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013|
Sep 13, 2012. Passed 329/91.
|Aye||H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012|
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
|Nay||H.R. 5972 (112th): Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013|
Jun 29, 2012. Passed 261/163.
|No||S. 365 (112th): Budget Control Act of 2011|
Aug 1, 2011. Passed 269/161.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112–25, S. 365, 125 Stat. 240, enacted August 2, 2011) is a federal statute in the United States that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on August 2, 2011. The Act brought conclusion to the United ...
|Aye||H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act|
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
From Jan 2013 to Mar 2018, Scott missed 34 of 1,533 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is worse than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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Tim Scott is pronounced:
tim // skot
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“It is very important to me, as a minority female, that Congressman Scott earned this seat,” Ms. Haley said. “He earned this seat for the person that he is. He earned this seat for the results he has shown.”
Mr. Scott, who served on the Charleston County Council for 13 years and in the South Carolina House for two years before he was elected to Congress, noted that he has a different background than many of his future Senate colleagues. Raised by a single mother, he described himself as a lost child who struggled with school and life until a Chick-fil-A franchise owner embraced him as a protégé and taught him conservative principles.
“I am very thankful to the good Lord and a strong mom who believed that sometimes love has to come at the end of the switch,” Mr. Scott said with a smile, pointing to his mother in the audience. “And she loved me a lot.”
His rise to the Senate represents another turn in the turbulent political history of South Carolina. Mr. Scott first earned his Republican credentials by serving as a campaign co-chairman in 1996 for Senator Strom Thurmond, a onetime segregationist, in his final campaign. In 2010, Mr. Scott defeated Mr. Thurmond’s son Paul in his bid for Congress.
Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, one of the Democratic Party’s senior black leaders, offered his congratulations to Mr. Scott while noting that they “don’t see eye-to-eye on most political issues and more often than not cancel out each other’s votes.”
“I believe he is the personification of South Carolina’s motto, ‘While I breathe, I hope,’ ” Mr. Clyburn said. “The historic nature of this appointment is not lost on me, and I am confident Tim Scott will represent South Carolina and the country honorably.”
Ms. Haley considered several contenders, aides said, including Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of former Gov. Mark Sanford, who supported Ms. Haley in her own race two years ago. She also considered Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.
In appointing Mr. Scott, the governor selected a lawmaker with a proven conservative voting record who holds very similar views to Mr. DeMint on policies involving taxes, guns and social issues. He has built some of the highest ratings from conservative groups that rank members of Congress and their votes.
Mr. DeMint announced on Dec. 6 that he would leave two years into his second Senate term to run the Heritage Foundation, a conservative research group in Washington. He attended the announcement at the Statehouse in Columbia and praised Mr. Scott.
“I can walk away from the Senate knowing that someone is in this seat that is better than I am that will carry the voice of opportunity conservatism to the whole country in a way that I couldn’t do,” Mr. DeMint said.
The remarks from Mr. DeMint underscored his frustration at his inability to recruit staunchly conservative candidates for the Senate. His abrupt departure came at the end of an exasperating election cycle, in which several of his preferred candidates lost and Republicans failed to win control of the Senate.
An early look at the competing forces in the Republican Party is likely to come over the next two years in South Carolina, where Mr. Scott will be a statewide candidate for the first time and Senator Lindsey Graham, the senior senator, faces re-election. Ms. Haley, who has tangled with her fellow Republicans throughout her first term, is also planning to run again.
Republicans have far fewer women and members of minority groups in Congress than Democrats do, but in January they will be able to claim the only black member of the Senate, as well as two of the three Latino senators. Mr. Scott will be not only the first black senator in his state’s history, but also the first black senator from any Southern state since Blanche Bruce of Mississippi, who served from 1875 to 1881.
“This is a day,” Mr. Graham said, “that has been long in the making in South Carolina.”Continue reading the main story