offshore drilling

Democratic impeachment holdout touts legislative focus over inquiry he’s not backing
South Carolina’s Joe Cunningham spent recess discussing climate change, infrastructure, trade

South Carolina Rep. Joe Cunningham, here examining a turtle excluder device while touring a shrimp boat in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on Monday, is one of seven House Democrats not supporting the impeachment inquiry. (Lindsey McPherson/CQ Roll Call)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Rep. Joe Cunningham spent his final day of a two-week district work period here Monday talking to local fishermen about adjusting to climate change and to a conservation group about banning offshore drilling — top issues for constituents of his coastline district.

Cunningham, the first Democrat to represent the 1st District in more than a quarter century, did not talk about the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, except to answer reporters’ questions about why he has not endorsed it. The constituents he interacted with Monday did not broach the topic with him, although some complimented him generally for how he’s navigating a political tightrope.

Celebrities to Fight Atlantic Offshore Drilling

Waterston lobbies on Capitol Hill in 2009. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Oceana is bringing out celebrities and lawmakers in a major push against industrial offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.  

On Tuesday, Ted Danson, known for his role in "Cheers," and Sam Waterston, familiar from "Law & Order," both Oceana board members and ocean advocates, will attend Oceana’s Coastal Voices Summit. Kate Walsh, an Oceana supporter and recurring speaker for the group who is most famous from "Grey’s Anatomy," will also participate. Reps. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Jared Huffman, D-Calif., will join the actors. The goal is to urge President Barack Obama to abandon any plans for offshore Atlantic drilling.