Preparing for Florence 

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) is urging South Carolinians to prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Florence impacting the state. Because the path and strength of the storm are uncertain, Governor McMaster declared a State of Emergency, which enables all state agencies to coordinate resources in preparation for Hurricane Florence. Although it is still unknown exactly how Hurricane Florence will affect South Carolina, it is important to be prepared. This includes keeping up to date with credible storm information, knowing your evacuation zones, and having an evacuation route planned. Please visit the SCEMD website for important updates and information.

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Supporting Military Families

 
  The USO is dedicated to supporting our service members and their families. I had the opportunity to join the USO in the Capitol this week to put together care packages for military families. It's incredibly difficult to have a loved one deployed, and it is so important to recognize the every day sacrifices made by military spouses and families. These packages were just a small way to thank them for their enormous contributions to our country!   

 
 

Hero of Main Street

 
  Local retailers and small businesses are the backbone of South Carolina's economy. I was honored to receive the 2018 Hero of Main Street Award for my efforts on regulatory relief, workforce development, and tax reform. I will continue to advance pro-growth policies that help entrepreneurs, retailers, and small businesses create jobs in South Carolina!    

 
 

Coming Soon...Tax Reform 2.0

 
  I joined Fox Business to talk about some exciting news... the House Ways and Means Committee is unveiling tax reform 2.0 next week! This legislation will provide certainty for families and businesses by making individual tax cuts permanent, helping innovators and small businesses succeed in the 21st century economy, and empowering people to save for retirement. Watch the full interview below!  

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Vote Notes: Promoting Financial Literacy

 
  This week, the House voted to support students and parents enrolled in federal financial aid programs by passing the Empowering Students through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act. Currently, many recipients of federal student aid do not receive critical information about loans and grants that would help them make responsible decisions in paying for post secondary education. In some instances, no financial counseling is provided to low income students who receive Pell Grants or parents who take out federal loans to help pay for their children's education. This legislation ensures borrowers who participate in federal loan programs receive annual counseling that is tailored to their specific needs and promotes financial literacy.   

 
 

Vote Notes: Safer Communities

 
  The House passed the Community Safety and Security Act, which clarifies a recent Supreme Court decision that would allow dangerous criminals to get out of jail early. The Community Safety and Security Act stipulates that inherently dangerous crimes are included in the definition of "crime of violence" to ensure law enforcement can put those who commit serious crimes behind bars. The safety of American citizens must always be our top priority, and it was essential for Congress to close this loophole and protect our communities.