Combatting the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis knows no boundaries and we need a comprehensive approach to fight the epidemic that is devastating communities across the nation and in South Carolina. At the federal level, we have passed legislation to fund treatment and education programs to fight addiction, but this problem cannot be solved solely from Washington. Local efforts that engage law enforcement, medical professionals, community members, and recovering addicts will help raise awareness about drug abuse and facilitate a collaborative effort in the fight against addiction. 

Yesterday was National Drug Takeback Day, an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug abuse by disposing of excess prescription drugs at designated drop-off sites. If you were not able to participate in the event yesterday, there are many facilities that consistently offer a safe way for you to dispose of excess medication. We need to join together to fight addiction, the silent killer destroying communities across the country. 

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Veterans History Project

 
  Many veterans share stories of their service with friends and family, but too often these stories are not recorded in a permanent way. It is important that future generations understand the selfless sacrifice made by military veterans and I want to help preserve their experiences by working with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. The Veterans History Project is an effort to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans by recording their personal narratives and archiving them for future use. You can learn more about this initiative by clicking the link below. If you are interested in participating in the Veterans History Project, please contact one of my offices.

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Vote Notes: Iran Sanctions

 
  This week, the House of Representatives passed the Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act. This bipartisan legislation mandates sanctions on Iranian officials responsible for the politically motivated jailing of United States citizens. We sent a strong signal to Iran that America will not tolerate the regime's human rights abuses or the oppressive behavior demonstrated by their leaders.  

 

Big News for Small Business

 
 

Next week is small business week! According to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, small business optimism is at the highest it has been in more than three decades, largely due to tax reform. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act dramatically improves the way small businesses are treated under the tax code. Provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that benefit small businesses include: 

  • the first ever small business tax deduction of 20%
  • strong safeguards ensuring lower effective marginal tax rates properly apply to business income 
  • the ability to immediately write off the full cost of new equipment 
  • continued ability for small businesses to write off interest on loans 

This significant tax relief allows businesses on Main Street to invest more into their employees, increase benefits, buy and update new equipment, and create more jobs.