Sunday, May 12, 2013
Cold Open shows actors playing House Oversight Committee members Gowdy, Chairman Darrell Issa and Elijah Cummings.
The opening to Saturday Night Live this weekend contained a spoof featuring Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-4) and two members of the House Oversight Committee. The skit features Gowdy, played by Taran Killam, along with committee chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD). Issa and Cummings were portrayed by Bill Hader and Keenan Thompson, respectively. Issa calls convicted murderer Jodi Arias to testify in an attempt to generate media interest (besides Fox News) for the hearings. Waiting in the wings is Ariel Castro, who is suspected having held three women against their will for a number of years. The Benghazi hearings have been criticized for being a partisan effort, but its defenders say an investigation is necessary to determine what …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Gowdy and Graham at forefront of Congressional investigation.
Members of South Carolina's Congressional delegation have been front and center in the ongoing inquiry into the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya on September 11 of last year. Sen. Lindsey Graham has been a persistent critic of the Obama Administration's response to the attacks, beginning not long after they occurred. He appeared on MSNBC on Wednesday morning and said that the administration has been trying to "spin" the response to Benghazi (see accompanying video). As a member of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-4), was one of the lead questioners during Wednesday's hearings (see accompanying video). In January, Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-3) and Joe Wilson (R-2) gained headlines for their tough questioning of outgoing …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Rep. Trey Gowdy looking for local high school student artwork to compete for national honor.
Rep. Trey Gowdy invites Upstate high school students in South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District to participate in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. The winner’s artwork, selected by a panel of experts, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year. High school students (grades 9-12) may submit one piece of artwork. Artists should bring their submission to either office location between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 25; Friday, April 26; or Monday, April 29. Office locations: Greenville 104 South Main St. Greenville, SC 29601 Phone: (864) 241-0175 Spartanburg 101 West St. John St. Spartanburg, SC 29306 Phone: (864) 583-3264 A ceremony will be held to display all submissions and announce the first, …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Tuesday, Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-4) questioned witnesses during a committee meeting.
Representative Trey Gowdy (SC-04) questioned witnesses at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday. He asked them about the, “Mismanagement at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.” The DOJ has politicized its decision not to pre-clear South Carolina's Voter ID Law.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Rep. Trey Gowdy didn't mince words with ICE Director John Morton.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton was on the hot seat Tuesday as he testified before House Judiciary Committee, and it only got hotter for Morton when the chairman of the House Immigration Subcommittee, Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-4), vigorously questioned him over the decision to release some 2,000 criminal detainees. The move was made during the uproar over sequestration, which implemented massive sweeping cuts aross the board, including to ICE. In response, the administration released thousands of criminal detainees, some of whom were Level I offenders, or aggravated felons. Some were Level II offenders, or repeat offenders. Watch the intense line of questioning between Gowdy and Morton in the video above.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Rep. Trey Gowdy delivered a fiery speech about Congress' inability to agree on passage of Violence Against Women Act.
Rep. Trey Gowdy spoke sternly, loudly and sometimes approached yelling during a fiery speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday as he railed against the House's inability to pass the Violence Against Women Act. Gowdy told the store of Liz Chesterman, who was killed by her husband with a shovel in South Carolina as a powerful andectdote about the need for the bill. "With just a little bit of luck, she would be representing South Carolina in congress," Gowdy said. Instead, she's now in a cemetery. "The monster is this broken political system that we have," Gowdy said. "A broken political system which manufactures reasons to oppose otherwise good bills just to deny one side a victory." Gowdy's remarks aren't the …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
A look at the Republican representing the 4th Congressional District.
Latest News: Feb. 9, 2013 Gowdy joined his fellow Republicans from SC in the House in voting for the Require a PLAN Act. Gowdy was more than $270,000 below budget for his Congressional office and he returned that money to the U.S. Treasury. Rep. Gowdy was part of the SC GOP delegation to Congress that voted in favor of extending the debt limit. Jan. 16, 2013 Rep. Gowdy had a second of his bills be signed into law by President Obama. Rep. Gowdy was part of a group of House Republicans who voted against the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill. Jan. 11, 2013 Gowdy's bill extending Secret Service protection to former presidents was signed into law by President Obama. Jan. 10, 2013 Speaking to Taylors-Wade Hampton Patch, Gowdy reiterated his commitment…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Second year in a row Gowdy's office was under budget.
One of the biggest criticisms of politicians is for hypocrisy. "Do as I say, not as I do," goes the refrain. Lately, the most common form of hypocrisy is aimed at those politicians who decry the problem of the national debt but will neither raise taxes nor cut spending. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-4) has been one of the loudest critics of out-of-control spending, and in his own office he's trying to set an example of how to do with more with less. Gowdy's office announced on Thursday that he would be returning $271,000 of his Members’ Representational Allowance (MRA) to the Treasury and directed toward deficit reduction. According to Gowdy's spokesperson Josh Dix, "The MRA is money appropriated to each member of congress to administer the duties …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Buys the federal government three more months.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-4) joined the rest of the Republicans in the South Carolina Congressional Delegation to vote in favor of the bill to raise the federal government's debt limit. The so-called "No Budget, No Pay" bill passed the House by a vote of 285-144. It is expected to be approved in the Senate with few changes according to Majority Leader Harry Reid. The measure means the federal government will be able to keep borrowing until May 19. It also takes the debt ceiling off the table as a political debate for the next three months, which was a loser for Republicans in the eyes of most Americans. It's a sharp contrast to the last debt ceiling debate when South Carolina's newest members of the House--Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney, Tim Scott and Jeff…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Signed by Pres. Obama on Tuesday.
For the second time this year, a bill from Rep. Trey Gowdy has been signed into law. Gowdy's first bill, allowing for extended Secret Service protection for former presidents, was signed last week. His latest bill, HR 2076, lets state and local law enforcement officials involved in the investigation of mass killings and other violent acts to request assistance from the law enforcement agencies within the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.Hr 2076 is also known as The Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act and it clarifies the support and places these acts of aid within the scope of Federal employment. In a statement Rep. Gowdy said, “As we have seen all too recently, federal law enforcement authorities can play an …