Telephone Town Hall 

It has been a busy start to the year in Washington D.C., and I want to hear what you have to say! I'm hosting a Telephone Town Hall this Tuesday, February 13th at 5:30 pm. To sign up, please visit rice.house.gov/townhall and your number will automatically be called. Alternatively, you can call 877-229-8483 and enter Pin Number 117141 to join the event. As your representative, I can't do my job unless I hear from you. I hope to talk to you on Tuesday!             

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Bipartisan Budget Act

 
  At around 5 am on Friday morning, the Bipartisan Budget Act passed the House of Representatives. I voted NO on this fiscally irresponsible bill. This legislation raises our spending caps by $300 billion dollars over the next two years, boosting military funding by $160 billion and allocating $128 billion to non-defense spending. There was an additional $89 billion allocated in response to recent national disasters. I could not in good conscience vote for a bill that busts through the budget caps that Congress agreed to in 2011, placing insurmountable debt on generations to come.  

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Workforce Development Event

 
  On Tuesday, February 13th, my district staff is hosting an event for the Bucksport community and the surrounding areas to inform attendees about available educational opportunities in preparation for the workforce.This is a great opportunity to learn about skill development and job opportunities in our area. My staff will be joined by leaders from Horry Georgetown Technical College. Please call my Grand Strand District Office at 843-445-6459 if you have any questions about the event.   

 

Lifting Up All Americans

 
  This week, I spoke about addressing misconceptions and repairing serious flaws in our current immigration system. Some people say that we have a hard-hearted approach to immigration. The numbers say otherwise. America accepts 1.2 million legal immigrants a year, we take people in from all over the world who are searching for opportunity. I am willing to work across the aisle to protect the "Dreamers." However, it is time for us to prioritize the needs of American citizens. I look forward to an agreement that takes care of the Dreamers, secures our borders and moves us to a modern, merit-based immigration system that boosts our economy and at the same time lifts opportunity for all Americans. 

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Tax Reform in Our District

 
  On Thursday, CVS announced that they are raising base wages to $11/hour and introducing paid parental leave because of tax reform. There are over 700 CVS employees in our district who will receive these benefits! 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will deliver relief to middle-income families across the nation who take the new, larger standard deduction. The bill significantly increases the standard deduction to protect roughly double the amount of what you earn each year from taxes. Now, individuals won't pay taxes on the first $13,000 of their income. Married couples won't pay taxes on the first $24,000 of their income. This translates to a $1,787 tax cut for the average four person household in our district. 

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