Sanford calls his congressional staff back to work

October 8, 2013 

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U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford

TOM GRALISH — MCT

Sanford calls staff back to work

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-Charleston, said he is calling back to work all of his furloughed staff members now that there seems to be agreement in Washington that government workers will be paid eventually.

Sanford said Monday he is ending furloughs for his office staff beginning Tuesday. He said he sent home employees without pay when the partial government shutdown took effect last week.

Sanford said things have changed after the U.S. House of Representatives this past weekend unanimously passed legislation promising all federal employees will receive back pay once the shutdown ends. The Senate could act on the measure this week.

Sanford said he thinks since it is clear employees will be paid and they should get to work. The former S.C. governor said anything less would amount to a taxpayer-subsidized vacation.

The Associated Press

Governor’s schedule, activities

Gov. Nikki Haley’s publicly announced schedule for the rest of this week, announced Monday by her staff, is:

Tuesday, noon – Address the Charleston County industry appreciation luncheon, North Charleston

Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. – Attend a press conference at Midlands Technical College’s airport campus, West Columbia-Cayce

Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – Visit Marion Intermediate School for a book delivery by the governor’s charity, the Original Six Foundation, Marion

Thursday, 12:30 p.m. – Address a joint meeting of the Florence and Pee Dee Kiwanis clubs, Florence

Friday, 1 p.m. – Visit Daimler Vans Manufacturing, Ladson

According to her office, Haley’s schedule last week included:

5 – Meetings or calls concerning state agencies

4 – Meetings concerning state policy

3 – Economic development activities, a telephone call, a meeting and tour of Flexible Technologies in Abbeville and a reception and dinner marking FujiFilm’s 25th anniversary in Greenwood

2 each – Meetings with students, a meet-and-greet at the State House with students from Coastal Christian Preparatory School and a visit to Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School in Johnston; media activities, comments to the press after touring Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter and a press conference with the Duke Endowment and the state Department of Mental Health to discuss the state’s tele-psychiatry program; speeches, to the Columbia Rotary Club and the fifth annual Urban Land Institute’s South Carolina capital markets conference at Kiawah Island

Busiest days – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with five activities each

Slowest day – Thursday, with three activities

Of note – According to her staff, Haley went to her state office two days, Monday and Thursday, and had no activities on Friday

From Staff Reports

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