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Feb 18 2015
Feb 17 2015
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
Making a swing through his district, U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, 7th Congressional District, paid his first visit to Johnsonville. Rice had been in Dillon and Marion meeting with community leaders earlier in the day before his 3 p.m. stopover in the Shady Rest Restaurant for "Coffee with Your Congressman."
Rice and his team try to get out into the district about once a quarter, he said. Rice serves on the transportation, small business and budget committees and discussed illegal immigration, the dredging of the Georgetown Port and more with the folks who attended.
Posted: Monday, February 16, 2015 1:54 pm
Dianne Owens is editor of the Weekly Observer newspaper that serves Hemingway, Johnsonville and their surrounding communities in South Carolina.?
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- U. S. Rep. Tom Rice Jr. stopped by the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce Monday morning to visit with constituents from the Seventh Congressional District. He was there to hear what voters in his district had to say and to listen to their concerns about government.
Nearly 20 people showed up to ask questions during his second “Coffee with your Congressman” of the day. His first was in Bennettsville.
During the hour-long meeting, the crowd touched on questions ranging from issues like fair trade, jobs, balancing the budget, taxes, falling gas prices and the keystone pipeline. One young girl in attendance even asked Rice what it is like to be in government in Washington.
Rice said his major focus is on “American competition and jobs, jobs, jobs”, specifically making our country more competitive in order to create and keep jobs here at home.
He said the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world and is competing with other countries around the world with far lower tax rates than our own.
“We are forcing our technology overseas,” Rice said. “We are forcing our jobs overseas.”
Many companies are relocating overseas, Rice said, making it no longer about patriotism but about surviving.
However, he said the economy is “getting better despite the federal government.”
One audience member voiced his opinion that Congress needs to focus on moving forward and balancing the budget.
Rice agreed that they do need to move forward.
Rice, a member of the House Budget Committee, called President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal an offer. He said that members of the House of Representatives will send their budget proposal to the Senate which will make a “counter offer” to the president’s budget.
Rice said he believes there can be a compromise but neither the President nor Congress will get everything they want in a budget.
As a key part of his outreach and community service, Rice will continue his “Coffee with your Congressman” event next Monday in Marion from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Marion Opera House and from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Shady Rest Family Restaurant in Johnsonville. Constituents will have the opportunity to meet for one-on-one discussions about federal issues and upcoming legislation. All events are free and open to the public.
Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 8:56 pm
State Congressional Republicans send letter to colleges, universities seeking support for religious freedom
Feb 06 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eight Members of the South Carolina Congressional delegation sent an open letter to the 64 colleges and universities in the state, asking them to stand up for the First Amendment religious freedoms of students and student groups on campus.
The letter specifically mentioned recent action by the California State University system which discriminated against Christian students by banning the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship group from that system’s 18 campuses. The letter urges college presidents to allow religious organizations to remain as fully recognized campus organizations and to make that freedom clear within university administrative policy.
“I believe that Americans must stand up for the freedoms contained in the Bill of Rights,” said Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03), who organized the letter. “Every student deserves to be able to worship and pursue God freely, as he or she chooses, without administrative interference in the name of political correctness. I’m proud to stand with my fellow South Carolinians today for the First Amendment Freedoms of religion and association for every college student in our state.”
“As Americans we pride ourselves on the freedoms we are afforded by our nation’s Constitution,” said Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07). “We are guaranteed freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. Sadly, each of these are notably absent in countries around the world, which is why we must remain vigilant in our fight to protect our freedoms. I will always support religious freedom in everyday life—the workplace, classroom, and the public square.”
“The First Amendment to our U.S. Constitution ensures the right to freedom of religion and assembly, and our universities have a duty to uphold students’ rights” added Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02). “Protecting Americans’ rights throughout our nation is essential, and it is my hope that opportunities for the exchange of ideas, opinions, and values remain flourishing and widespread at institutions of higher learning.”
Other signers included Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, along with Congressmen Mark Sanford, Trey Gowdy, and Mick Mulvaney.
Dr. Tony Beam, Vice President for Student Services and Christian Worldview at North Greenville University was quick to respond.
“Freedom of religion and freedom of association are cherished by all Americans,” Dr. Beam noted. “As a follower of Jesus Christ, I am thankful that I live in state where our elected leaders understand these freedoms and are aware of the growing attacks against them in many academic environments. My sincere thanks goes out to all the leaders who signed this letter but especially to Rep. Jeff Duncan for his tireless, consistent leadership in championing religious freedom for all South Carolinians.”