Coastal Carolinas Realtors Policy Forum

  It was great to join the Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors for their policy forum this week. I provided an update on federal issues that impact their industry and our regional economy. We discussed the benefits of tax reform as well as important reforms that need to be made to the National Flood Insurance Program.   

 
 

Increasing Transparency in Drug Pricing 

 
  Health care expenses, especially rising prescription drug costs, are a primary concern for Americans and South Carolinians. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee I am focused on finding real solutions to the the rising costs of prescription drugs. One important way to lower drug costs is to address the lack of transparency in the system. 

That is why I introduced the Payment Commission Data Act with a bipartisan group of my colleagues. Non-partisan legislative branch agencies are responsible for analyzing data and providing Congress with recommendations to lower prescription drug prices. Currently, these agencies do not have access to the drug pricing data they need to formulate their recommendations. This legislation gives independent advisory boards access to drug pricing data so that they have access to the information needed to do their important work. 

This will increase transparency in drug pricing which will ultimately translate to lower drug prices for Americans. I will continue to work on policies that will expand choice in the health care system and lower drug prices. 

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Driving our Local Economy

 
  The Pee Dee is home to many lumber yards, which are a large part of our local and state economy and create many forest products. This type of agriculture yields everyday products like wood boards for decks or fences, to chips that are used in paper mills. The industry supports more than 25,000 jobs statewide and produces over $9 billion in products each year. It is a huge driver of our local economy and has an impact that is felt far beyond our communities!

The below photo was taken during a recent tour of the Florence Koppers Plant. Koppers is an international provider of treated wood products and employs 67 people at their Florence facility. Koppers is just one of the many forest product industry employers in our region. In fact, the Seventh District has one of the highest number of forest products industry employees out of every congressional district in the country. 

As a co-chair of the Congressional Paper and Packaging caucus, I work to advance policies that promote this industry and expand its economic benefits across the nation. I will continue to advance policies that grow this important industry and the jobs they support in South Carolina!
 

 
 

ICYMI: Congressional Art Competition

 
  Each spring, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a nation-wide high school art competition. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation, as well as in or congressional district. The competition is open to all high school students in the 7th district. The winning piece will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol and the artist will receive round-trip airfare to attend the national winners' reception in Washington D.C. I'm looking forward to seeing all of your creative talent and picking the winning entry! Click the link below for submission details. 

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Mobile Office Hours 

 
  If you are having trouble with your Social Security, Medicare, veterans' benefits, disability benefits, student financial aid, securing a passport or need help with any federal agency, my team is here to help! We will be hosting mobile office hours throughout the Grand Strand and the Pee