Year in Review

2018 By the Numbers

I am so proud of all that my team and I have accomplished for the Seventh District in 2018. Here are a few highlights from this year: 

  • My offices closed over 1,350 constituent cases– helping people with things like Social Security benefits, passport applications, and VA claims processing.
  • We delivered 50 flags flown over the Capitol and facilitated 250 tours of the U.S. Capitol.
  • 39,415 letters and e-mails were sent in response to your opinions and questions.
  • I held 21 Coffee with Your Congressman events in all 8 counties and hosted 2 telephone town halls.
  • I introduced 4 bills and cosponsored 17 bill. 5 bills I cosponsored became law, including efforts to fight opioid addiction, improve healthcare, and ensure veterans get better care.
  • As a member of the Ways & Means committee, I helped renegotiate trade deals and advanced legislation to repeal harmful Obamacare taxes and engage our workforce. I also helped pass legislation that supports small businesses and farmers.
  • I secured an additional $29 million to complete beachfront renourishment and protect tourism jobs.
  • I helped bring the new inland port to Dillon, which has created over 1,000 jobs and counting.

It’s a great honor and great responsibility to serve you. I’m so excited for what the future holds and will keep fighting to create opportunity for you in the 116th Congress. Click the link for our full year in review video. I also included a few of my favorite photos from 2018 below!

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Celebrating with Walmart Employees After They Received Bonuses Due to Tax Reform

Visiting with Veterans at the Commissioning of the USS Ralph Johnson in Charleston, SC

Giving Students in the Each1Teach1 Program a Capitol Tour

Securing Our Border 

  On Thursday, the House passed a spending bill that reflected the priorities of not only South Carolina, but the entire country. We sent the Senate a bill that provided critical disaster relief funding, secured our border, and kept the government open. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats chose open borders over an open government. 

As we continue to recover from Hurricane Florence, additional disaster relief funding is critical to helping as many people as possible rebuild. Furthermore, securing our border is a matter of national security and a matter of life and death in the Seventh District. Law enforcement officers have attributed the 150 opioid overdoses in our district last year to drugs coming across our porous borders. I spoke on the House floor in support of securing our border and keeping the government open. You can watch the full speech by clicking the link below. 

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Tax Relief for Disaster Victims

  This week, the House passed a tax package that includes three of my bills that provide relief for disaster victims and modernize technology at the IRS! 

The Disaster Certainty Act will create an automatic 60-day deadline extension immediately following a Presidential Disaster Declaration. If a natural disaster coincides with a tax filing deadline, as was the case during Hurricanes Matthew and Florence, people will be able to focus on their safety rather than worry about filing a tax return. The Hurricane Florence Tax Relief Act gives Florence victims the flexibility to access emergency funds, encourages charitable giving, and enhances the deduction for personal casualty losses. These targeted provisions will provide tax relief and ease the financial burden on people recovering from this disaster. The Electronic Signature Standards Act requires the IRS to implement uniform standards to accept electronic signatures, an important step forward in the agency’s long overdue IT modernization efforts.

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Happy Holidays!

  From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I wish you a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season. May God continue to bless South Carolina and the United States of America. 

This will be the last newsletter of 2018. We'll be back the first week of January!