Gov.-elect Nikki Haley and the state's federal delegation agree on a handful of ways to improve South Carolina, including the need to deepen the Charleston Port and supporting the state's nuclear industry.
During a Monday news conference in Columbia, Haley said she and the delegation will actively work together to achieve these shared goals in the months ahead.
She and the delegation met Monday behind closed doors -- the first time the delegation sat down together in one room in years -- and discussed the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste disposal site in Nevada, illegal immigration, the state's budget woes, federal health-care reform and whether the state can opt out, public education and more. The group hopes to do meet quarterly.
"This is the start of what's going to be a great day in South Carolina," said Haley during the news conference, flanked by the state's U.S. House delegation and its two veteran U.S. senators. Newly elected Republican Reps. Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney attended along with U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson. U.S. Rep.-elect Tim Scott was unable to attend.
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"Our focus is to make South Carolina the best place to do business in the country, in the world," added U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.
But delegation members were short on details on how to achieve their shared goals and steered clear of reporters' questions on where the group disagrees.