Rebuilding our Military 

 
For many years, we have asked our military to do more with less. Republicans are changing that. Specifically, we are ensuring our military is better trained, equipped, and supported by:

Bolstering military size and strength.
Our military is adding 20,000 troops to ensure the strength of armed forces as we combat terrorist organizations as well as potential nuclear threats like North Korea and Iran.

Investing in the tools needed to keep our troops safe, well-trained, and effective.

After years of our military readiness suffering under reduced spending and cuts, we are investing in the tools to be fully manned and properly equipped. This includes improving missile defense capabilities, upgrading combat vehicles, purchasing new Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and investing in new submarines.

Providing Better Care to our Veterans.

The VA MISSION Act was signed into law by President Trump. This legislation consolidated the VA’s multiple community care programs and authorities and provides further funding to sustain the Choice Program so veterans can get the care they earned and deserve.

Giving men and women in uniform their largest pay increase since 2010.
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 provided a 2.4 percent pay raise. This well-deserved pay raise is the largest raise in eight years and is an important way to show our thanks. That means that over 30,000 active-duty military personnel in South Carolina will get their first pay raise in over a decade! 

 

 
 

Beachfront Renourishment 

 
  Beachfront renourishment is critical for our economy, our environment, and our quality of life in the Seventh District. Over the past few years, my office worked hard to secure the funding necessary to complete the Myrtle Beach Restoration Project and ensure the prosperity of our beautiful beaches! As you may have heard, the Army Corps of Engineers recently announced the construction schedule for beachfront renourishment projects along the Grand Strand, which can be found on my website. You can learn more about upcoming beachfront renourishment construction projects and what they mean to our coastal community by watching the below video!

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ICYMI: I-73 Update 

 
 

America is the land of opportunity and infrastructure helps build a pathway to that opportunity. Investing in infrastructure creates jobs, benefits our economy, increases safety, and improves our communities- which is exactly why building I-73 has been one of my top priorities in Congress. I recently spoke to The Sun News about my work to bring I-73 to fruition and create opportunity in some of the poorest counties in South Carolina. I-73 will build off of the success of the Dillon Inland Port, attracting diversified industry and new jobs to the Pee Dee and the Grand Strand. While obstructionist groups are working to prevent opportunities from coming to overlooked areas in our state, I will keep fighting until people are driving on I-73! 

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Tax Facts: Workers are Winning

 
 

After years of struggling to get ahead, Americans across the country are benefiting from our booming economy... and the numbers prove it! Despite some of the rhetoric you may have heard, here are just a few facts about how tax reform is directly improving the lives of America's workers and families: 

Businesses are creating jobs. Over 1.5 million jobs have been created since tax reform was signed into law, and job growth has averaged 224,000 over the past three months.

Wages are rising. Compensation for workers rose to a nearly 10-year high in the second quarter. The employment cost index, which reflects changes in employee wages and benefits, rose at the fastest pace in ten years.  

People without high school diplomas are going to work. The unemployment rate for those without a high school diploma fell to 5.1 percent in July, a dramatic turn for when the unemployment rate for this group was 15.6 percent in 2009. 

Stores and factories are hiring at an unprecedented rate. Stores and factories are leading this year's hiring boom. Retailers have added an average of 12,000 workers a month in 2018. Additionally, the US. has added 327,000 manufacturing jobs over the past year, including 37,000 jobs added in July alone. 

This is just a small snapshot of how American workers are benefiting from our growing economy! We will keep working to restore opportunities for all Americans.