By Jessica Roy / current.com / @CurrentJess
On Monday, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced she had picked Congressman Tim Scott to fill Jim DeMint’s Senate seat. On the surface, this seems like a good thing — Scott will be a desperately needed infusion of diversity in the Senate as its only black member.
But the congressman isn’t exactly a progressive. In fact, he’s a conservative, a proud tea party conservative. Scott took office only last year, but he’s already done considerable damage to progressive causes.
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- He’s anti-union. Scott’s website salivates over the free enterprise of right-to-work states. He supported the anti-union bills listed below and published the list on his website under the guise of “protecting worker’s rights”:
• HR 745, Davis-Bacon Repeal Act
• HR 1047, State Right to Vote Act
• HR 2040, National Right-to-Work Act
• HR 2978, Protecting American Jobs Act
• HR 3135, Adjusting Davis-Bacon for Inflation Act
- He’s anti-gay. His website proudly announces that he believes in “defending traditional values” and the “moral principles our country was founded on.” He even signed a formal measure (H.Con.Res. 25) “disapproving” of the administration’s decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
- He wants to impeach the president. Scott just threw it out that that he wouldn’t mind impeaching Barack Obama over the debt ceiling talks. When the GOP threatened to shut down the government over the debt ceiling, the point was raised that Obama could invoke the 14th Amendment and raise the ceiling himself. Scott said that would be an “impeachable act.”
- He cut AIDS and HIV funding. Scott supported a bill that slashed funding to more than 2,000 South Carolinians with HIV and AIDS because he’s totally against government spending — unless the government is spending money on something he wants (see #7 and #8 on this list).
- He wants to kick kids off food stamps. Scott proposed a bill that would remove children from a family’s food stamp program if one of their parents went on strike.
- He’s pro-gun. Scott says he will fight to make sure that the Second Amendment “is not weakened in any way.” He supported these bills:
• HR 58, Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act
• HR 420, Veterans Heritage Firearms Act
• HR 645, Second Amendment Enforcement Act
• HR 822, National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act
• HR 1093, ATF Reform Act
• HR 1181, Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act
• HR 3814, to prohibit the Department of Justice from tracking and cataloging the purchases of multiple rifles and guns
- He defends tax subsidies to Big Oil. Scott rejected a bill to close loopholesthat would have saved taxpayers $53 million and another that would have ended taxpayer subsidies for the five largest oil companies. When ThinkProgress asked him why it was fair for him to protect Big Oil at the expense of the taxpayer, he had the audacity to reply, “‘Fair’ is a relative word.”
- He loves government spending for his pet projects. Scott tried to get the government to pay to put statues of the Ten Commandments outside the Charleston City Council Chambers. It took a lawsuit from the ACLU to stop it.
- He’s hardcore pro-life. Here’s just a sampling of the bills he’s supported on that front:
• HR 3, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
• HR 217, Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act
• HR 358, Protect Life Act
• HR 1179, Respect for Rights of Conscience Act
• HR 2059, to prohibit funding to the U.N. Population Fund
• HR 2299, Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
• HR 2874, Abstinence Education Reallocation Act
• HR 3803, District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act