In the News
Mar 31 2016
I’m not the first person in South Carolina to praise U.S. Rep. Tom Rice for an outstanding job for his constituents. He does have a key achievement that’s gone largely unnoticed: protecting Medicare Advantage that provides a magnanimous number of folks over 65 a lifeline to complete healthcare all in one program.
This means doctor visits to keep up with health screenings to stay ahead of any serious problems. It also provides the opportunity for affordable fitness membership through the Silver Sneakers program that promotes a healthy active lifestyle and in many cases, renewed health.
Congressman Rice is the conservative who understands investing wisely in America, not wasting taxpayer money. Medicare Advantage is smart spending that benefits millions of seniors while keeping the budget in check.
I speak on behalf of many fellow seniors by saying that we are fortunate to have Congressman Rice representing our state in Washington and advocating for Medicare Advantage and going to bat for us.
Mar 31 2016
Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) announced on Tuesday that he has returned $100,929 of his office’s operating budget to the United States Treasury.
“Just as our constituents must operate on a budget, so should the federal government. Each year, my staff and I carefully create a budget for our three fully operational offices and continuously look for ways to cut costs and save the taxpayers money. I will continue to apply these budgeting principles to our office budget and the national budget and will fight to rein in government spending. I am proud to return over $100,000 back to the Treasury and ask that it be used to pay down the national debt,” said Rice.
Since taking office in January 2013, Rice has returned over $359,000 to the United States Treasury in cumulative yearly operating budget savings. Rice has three offices serving South Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District: the Grand Strand District Office, the Pee Dee District Office and the Washington, D.C., Office.
Rep. Tom Rice (R) will continue his stops across the Seventh Congressional District with two stops this Friday in two of the smaller communities he serves.
Rice will host “Coffee With Your Congressman” events at Bojangles’ in Aynor from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and then Sellers Town Hall from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Last week and weekend have certainly been political in Loris. Congressman Tom Rice returned to Loris to chat with locals on Thursday, Feb. 17 at Shorty’s Grill, and to later take part in the Loris’ quarterly town hall meeting at the public safety building.
Rice spent well over his two-hour allotted time speaking with residents, discussing several topics including flooding issues and the tremendous loss suffered by local farmers because of record-breaking rainfall this year.
Rice spent a good amount of time talking one-on-one or to a table of constituents, fielding questions as his assistant noted concerns.
Rice left a message for the people of Loris on his Facebook page about his visit.
“I had a great evening in Loris at my Coffee with Your Congressman event and the Loris town hall meeting last night. During the events, we discussed reforming the VA, transportation, funding for farmers affected by the October flooding, and progress on I-73. Thank you to all in Loris who took the time to come out and meet with me,” it said.
At the 7 p.m. town hall meeting, Mayor Henry Nichols welcomed a good crowd to not only hear from Rice but to address city related changes, concerns and plans to move the city forward.
Nichols welcomed not only Rice but councilwoman and Mayor-protem Joan Gause, Councilmen Michael Dozier and Casey Ward, Loris Chief of Police Karen Shepherd along with prospective city council candidate Jan Vescovi, Kimberly Rutelitch and Thessalonia Graham.
Several questions regarding transportation and infrastructure, funding for the farmers affected by the flooding, and the upcoming presidential election were brought up.
Several fell right into Rice’s area as he serves on the Committee on Ways and Means, which is the oldest committee of the United States Congress, and is the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives.
Rice offered the plans and solutions being processed to answer many, but definitely not all of the residents’ concerns.
“You just keep letting us know what your concerns are and I promise to look at them all, as I have always done, and find the right people to get the answers we need,” said Rice.
Nichols, still on the mend, discussed the advancements and improvements already completed in city operations.
The computer systems have been updated and the City of Loris website, www.cityoflorissc.com, is up and running yet still a work in progress.
“We are proud of the progress going forward now and I appreciate all that has been done and all the kind words, calls and visits during by absence,” said Nichols. “We will keep ’moving forward together and do our best for our citizens, but we need your support and help to get it done.”
Mayor Henry L. Nichols, now at home and doing well following a hospital stay has released the following statement:
“We are excited to confirm the visit of our U.S. Representative Congress-man Tom Rice for our first town hall meeting, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Loris Public Safety Building located at 3909 Walnut Street, Loris.
“I encourage all citizens of Loris to attend this town hall meeting and show the support of our city. Congressman Rice will discuss issues and funding opportunities specific to the city of Loris. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity.”
“Last week I was hospitalized and I am grateful for the outpouring of support for my family and me during my recent hospitalization. I appreciate every phone call, text, visit, flowers, food, hugs and word of encouragement that my wife, Veda, and I received during my hospitalization. Following my surgery, I will continue to be under the care of a competent group of physicians as I continue the work of the city.
“I communicate regularly with members of the City Council, department heads and citizens of Loris. The business of the city continues and we are working well together as a team.”
“Again, thank you all for your prayers and concerns. I will be forever grateful as we continue ‘Moving Forward Together.’”
Rice also announced another upcoming public district event in Loris taking place prior to the town hall meeting. Rice will take part in another of his “Coffee with Your Congressman” informal meetings at Shorty’s Grill, 4115 Meeting St., from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
These free, open to the public events are a key part of his outreach and constituent service.
Constituents will have the opportunity to meet with Rice and discuss federal issues and upcoming legislation.
According to Rice’s website, www.rice.house.gov., he has been a resident of Horry County since the age of 4 and has a deeply rooted connection to the Grand Strand and Pee Dee areas.
Rice serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and also serves on the Small Business Committee and the Committee on the Budget.
Before being elected to United States Congress in November 2012, Rice was the chairman of Horry County Council where his main focus was on job creation. By reviving the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, he increased jobs in the area.