Washington, DC – The Republican Steering Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives appointed Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) to the Transportation & Infrastructure, Budget, and Small Business Committees of the 113th Congress.

“As a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee I look forward to working on the significant needs of the 7th Congressional District, including the I-73 corridor and dredging of the Georgetown Port,” said Rice.  “I also recognize that there is a spending problem in this country and we need to reform how we spend taxpayer money.  As a member of the House Budget Committee, I look forward to working with Chairman Paul Ryan to address the insolvency of entitlement programs and institute reforms that will make programs – like Social Security and Medicare – solvent for those currently enrolled in the programs, but also solvent for those younger American’s who are worried that these programs will not be available in the future.”

“We all know that small businesses are the drivers of job growth, not only in the 7th District but throughout the United States,” Rice said. “As a member of the House Small Business Committee I will work to address the uncertainty regarding the true costs of hiring new employees.  We still don’t know how much ObamaCare will cost small businesses, and now President Obama wants to raise marginal tax rates on the same people and businesses that are responsible for creating jobs.  You throw in all of the over-burdensome federal regulations, and it’s not hard to see why it is difficult for small businesses to create jobs in this environment.  We need to create an environment that encourages job growth, not stifles it.”