Honoring Heroes

Remembering Deputy Turner

Wrenzie and I were heartbroken to hear that Deputy Farrah Turner passed away this week and we attended her funeral service today. I prayed with her in the hospital the day after the shooting and I am lucky to have shared that special moment with her. She was a true hero and will be so missed. Please join me in lifting up prayers for her family, the officers still recovering from the shooting, and the entire Florence community.

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Welcome Home 

 
  Our team had the honor of welcoming over 100 members of the South Carolina Air National Guard home after a three month deployment overseas. Seeing them reunite with their loved ones was an unforgettable experience and I'm so glad we had the opportunity to thank them for their service and sacrifice.  

 
 

Restoring Fiscal Responsibility

 
  This week, President Trump made a reasonable request of his Cabinet Members. He asked that they cut the operating budgets of their respective agencies by 5%. I was heartened that President Trump took this important step towards restoring fiscal responsibility in D.C. and I asked Speaker Ryan to follow his lead and decrease each Members Representational Allowance by 5%. Each year since I've been in Congress, I've run three full time offices while still returning at least 5% of my MRA to pay down the national debt. This is a doable way to save millions of taxpayer dollars and should be part of the solution to meaningfully address our national deficit.

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Lighthouse Behavioral Health 

 
  I had the opportunity to tour Lighthouse Behavioral Health last week and learn more about the critical services they provide to people in our community. We discussed the importance of mental health services as well as the tragic opioid epidemic. I was happy to report that Congress has taken action to combat this scourge on our communities. In fact, President Trump just signed landmark legislation that will stop the flow of synthetic drugs into our country and give law enforcement and communities the resources they need to combat this epidemic. While this battle cannot be fought from Washington alone, this was an important step forward in our fight against opioid addiction. 

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FEMA Updates 

 
 

Deadline Approaching: There is less than one month left for you to apply for FEMA assistance. Homeowners, renters and business owners in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion and Marlboro counties have until November 20, 2018 to apply for disaster assistance for damage and losses from Hurricane Florence.

DRC Update: Disaster Recovery Centers closed in Florence and Georgetown this week. Even though these centers are closed, you can still apply for assistance, get updates about your application, learn about the appeals process or check the status of your claim by visiting an open disaster recovery center or by calling the Disaster Assistance Helpline. To find the nearest DRC visit fema.gov/drc or call the Disaster Assistance Helpline at 800-621-3362. You can also visit the Hurricane Florence Disaster Page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4394 to find answers about FEMA assistance including: understanding your FEMA determination letter, the importance of returning your U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan application and how to file an appeal.


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