Vote Notes: Border Supplemental 

 

On May 1st, President Trump called on Congress to pass a humanitarian aid and border security package. This was an opportunity for Democrats to put partisanship aside and work across the aisle to send necessary assistance to the border in a timely manner, but they waited until the eleventh hour to take action. Even though the Senate passed a bipartisan bill earlier this week to address the humanitarian crisis at our border, House Democrats scrambled to sink this legislation. Speaker Pelosi eventually decided to do the right thing and Democrats voted with us to send important resources to the border. While I'm glad that we finally passed this bipartisan funding, I hope Democrats will begin working across the aisle to secure the border and reform our broken immigration system.

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Ways and Means Update: Dems Attempt to Advance Tax Breaks for Millionaires 

 
 

This week, Ways and Means Democrats convened a hearing on the SALT deduction cap, aka tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. Democrats want to repeal a provision in tax reform that capped the amount of state and local taxes that can be deducted from a federal return at $10,000. Repealing this deduction, as Democrats wish to do, would amount to a "$40 billion windfall for millionaires." 

Democrats on the committee continue to paint the picture that they are for the working class, but attempted to advance tax breaks for millionaires that would leave behind average Americans. Their arguments just didn't add up. At this week's hearing, I explained to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle that people in rural South Carolina will NOT be subsidizing wealthy people in other states. 

Watch more from the hearing below!

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Congressional Art Competition Winner 

 
  Each year I am blown away by the amazing submissions to the Congressional Art Competition. This year's winner was Cassie, a junior from Myrtle Beach. Her winning piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year. It was great to have Cassie and her entire family in Washington to celebrate her accomplishment. She has a bright future ahead of her and I can't wait to see what she does next!   

 
 

Alzheimer's Awareness Month

 
 

Too often we see diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's take the lives of our loved ones. June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month, an important opportunity to shine a light on those impacted by this terrible disease and look to ways we can improve outcomes. With over five million Americans and 92,000 South Carolinians currently living with Alzheimer’s, we must ensure that those battling this debilitating disease have access to a comprehensive care plan. That is why I am proud to co-sponsor the HOPE for Alzheimer's Act. This legislation builds on our previous efforts to implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions focused on early detection and diagnosis.

I will continue to be an advocate for Alzheimer's awareness, treatment, and prevention in Congress!