NDAA Signed Into Law 

On Monday President Trump signed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. This legislation will give over 30,000 active-duty military personnel in South Carolina their largest pay raise in nearly a decade. As a member of Congress, my most important task is to address needs of the men and women serving our country and to ensure that our armed forces are capable of protecting our nation from threats at home and overseas. The 2019 NDAA continues Republican efforts to rebuild our military by funding badly needed equipment upgrades, investments in new military technology, and the largest pay raise for our service members in nine years.

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Improving Care for Veterans 

 
  As part of our efforts to rebuild America's military we have also focused on fulfilling the promises and commitments we have made to our veterans. There are over 50,000 veterans in South Carolina's Seventh Congressional District, and I am so grateful for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of our country. Unfortunately, I have heard from many of them about their negative experiences with the VA. Thanks to landmark legislation passed by this Congress and singed into law by President Trump, including the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act and the VA MISSION Act, we are beginning to see improvements. The House has also passed provisions that will provide a cost-of-living-adjustment for disabled veterans, combat opioid use among veterans, and bring increased accountability to the VA. The best way to honor our brave service members is to ensure they receive the care they need once they return home!   

 
 

Continued Growth 

 
  A recent study by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation projects that nearly 1.4 million full-time jobs will be created by 2025 due to tax reform. Over 20,000 of these jobs will be in South Carolina! The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act put our economy back on the right track, but there is more work to be done. Republicans want to continually improve our tax code and pursue policies that will further strengthen our economy. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I will keep fighting for policies that lower taxes and create new opportunities for Americans and South Carolinians. 

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Defending Religious Freedom 

 
  I recently joined over 100 of my colleagues in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent the Bladensburg Cross, a memorial built in 1925 to honor 49 fallen World War I soldiers, from being torn down. The Fourth Circuit Court misinterpreted the First Amendment when they ruled that the memorial, which has stood to honor these heroes for 90 years, violated the Establishment Clause. Forcing a group to tear down a cross-shaped memorial, especially one that honors those who died for our country, is an attack on religious freedom and the traditions of our nation. I hope the Supreme Court will clarify rulings that misinterpret the Constitution to protect our religious freedoms as well as memorials across the country that honor our nation's heroes and are a longstanding part of American history.

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