Friends,

Whenever I am back home in our district, I have the opportunity to see the economic progress that has been made over the past few years. The numbers are staggering. The unemployment rate is under 4% in every county in the district! Across the nation, wealth of the bottom 50% of households is up 15.2% since 2017. People who have struggled in the past are now able to find jobs that pay well. This gives me great optimism for our future as we continue to push for greater growth.

Flood Mitigation

This week, I visited the Rosewood community in Socastee. As many of you know, this community has been troubled with consistent flooding. Sadly, flooding has become a common occurrence for many in our district. I am a Chair of the Federal Funding Task Force of the South Carolina Floodwater Commission created by Governor McMaster that is designed to work toward flood mitigation solutions. Federally, I have worked to secure $157 million to begin to fund some of the disaster and flood mitigation projects throughout the state. While the state is working to determine the most viable projects, I will continue to work for more federal solutions.

Meeting with MS Self-Help

Our district staff met with the Grand Strand MS Self-Help Group this week. Self-help groups provide a chance for individuals with MS, their families, and friends to share common experiences and concerns. Groups are free of charge and are led by people with MS. They provide emotional support to each other and can relay information related to the disease. Groups like these can be found in many communities across our district. For more information on the Grand Strand MS Self-Help Group or similar groups call our Grand Strand District Office at (843)445-6459.

2020 Congressional Art Competition

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a nation-wide high school art competition each spring. The Congressional Art Competition provides an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent. All high school students in our district can participate. The winning piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year and the artist will receive round-trip airfare to attend the national winners’ reception in Washington D.C. A runner-up from the Grand Strand and Pee Dee regions will have their artwork displayed in our regional offices for one year. For more information and the deadline to apply click the link below.

Congressional Art Competition Information