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Senator reflects on first year in office

Senator Tim Scott Senator Tim Scott

Senator Tim Scott is the first Republican African-American senator from South Carolina. He took office in January after Governor Nikki Haley appointed him to fill Jim DeMint's position.

When he was appointed to the US Senate, Tim Scott knew it was going to be a lot of work.

"It's been a blitz. It's been a very fast-paced first year," said Scott.

He's not impressed with the Affordable Care Act.

"Abysmal," he said. "Unfortunately it's getting worse, not better." 

According to Senator Scott, there have been 150,000 policy cancellations in South Carolina due to the healthcare bill.

"I'd love for us to go back to a free market system," he said. "I think we've learned a lot."

He was in Washington during the government shutdown, and calls it painful. As for the latest budget deal, Scott called it a step forward, but two steps back. He's glad there is a two year spending projection, but said it's balancing the budget, in part, on the backs of some current military members.

"If you are at Ft. Jackson, an E7, you've been there for 20 years, between the time you're 42 when you retire, and 62 when you start getting the additional COLA, you lose about $80,000," said Scott.

As for the atmosphere in Washington, Scott said it's not great.

"There is a cantankerous environment in Washington without any question. Progress is slow," said Scott.

The senator said he thinks some topics, like education reform, have both parties working together.

"Hopefully we'll turn those conversations into legislation and we'll make some progress where America can look at their government and their confidence can be restored," said Scott.

Democrats Rick Wade and Joyce Dickerson announced they are challenging Scott in next year's election.

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