MARION, S.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, 7th Congressional District, paid a visit to constituents in Marion Monday afternoon for his “Coffee with Your Congressman” meetings in Marion and Johnsonville.

Nearly 100 people gathered at the Marion Opera House for the hour-long session that included a federal update from Rice.

“People we got so many things going for us,” Rice said. “We have a market that is unbelievable and we still have good infrastructure. We’ve got the rule of law. We’ve got so many things going for us.”

Rice touched on several topics ranging from immigration reform to I-73 and the Charleston port project.

“Funding is harder,” he said about the I-73 project. Rice said his hope to have the interstate built in the next 10 years but up to $2 billion in funding is needed for construction from the North Carolina state-line.

Rice said the district has things going for them such as tourism and agriculture. “We got a lot of base industry going for us and we’re growing.

Economic Development representative Rodney Berry said the meeting is part of full day visit to Marion and Dillon Counties, where Rice held a roundtable forum with several mayors within the district.

“When in the district he does make several trips like these to help everyone stay updated,” he said. Rice recently made stops in Cheraw, Darlington and Marlboro County.

Marion Bobby L. Davis presented Rice with the Key to the City and city umbrella during the visit. “This was a great day in Marion for the citizens to come out and listen to our congressman give us an update on the federal level,” he said. “We just love the fact that he came to stop by.”

Posted: Monday, February 16, 2015 2:49 pm