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Dillon Inland Port Grand Opening

Monday was a significant day for Dillon, the Pee Dee, and the entire state. It was the grand opening of the Dillon Inland Port! As an extension of the Charleston Port, one of the largest economic drivers in South Carolina, the Dillon Inland Port will bring the success of the state's freight industry to the Pee Dee. I cannot overstate the impact this port will have on our community. The Dillon Inland Port will be an economic engine for the region, attracting diverse new industry that will create high-paying jobs in Marion, Marlboro, and Dillon Counties. The facility has already created 1,000 jobs in our area, and the grand opening began the next stage of economic development that will help uplift our entire community.

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Out With the Old 

 
  There was a silver lining to tax day this year- it was the last time you'll ever have to file your taxes under the old, burdensome tax code. By this time next year, you will be able to file under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which means more money in your pocket without the frustration and confusion of our old tax code. 

American businesses are also passing along the benefits of tax reform to their employees. Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law over 500 companies have offered bigger salaries, bonuses, and better savings plans to their employees. Already, over 4 million Americans have had a wage increase or received extra workplace benefits. With tax cuts at every income level, a nearly doubled standard deduction, and a doubled Child Tax Credit, your family will keep more of what you earn to invest, save, or spend on the things that matter most to you. In our district, a typical middle-income family of four will see a tax cut of $1,787.

Tax reform is creating opportunity across America and is helping families and businesses in the Seventh District... and we are just getting started!

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IRS Redesign

 
  A new tax code demands a new tax administrator, and taxpayers deserve to have a better experience with the IRS. This week, the House passed multiple bipartisan bills to redesign the IRS for the first time in over twenty years. This legislation could not come at a more perfect time- right after the always dreaded tax day! For decades, the IRS's ancient IT systems have inhibited the agency's ability to effectively serve American taxpayers. When your customers are 140 million individual taxpayers, customer service needs to be a priority and our legislation requires the IRS to modernize their IT infrastructure and prioritize taxpayer experience.   

 
 

Closing the Jobs Gap

 
  Largely due to tax reform, our economy is flourishing and businesses are creating jobs. However, many companies are struggling to fill these open positions. This week, The Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on "Jobs and Oppportunity: Federal Perspectives on the Jobs Gap" with Labor Secretary Acosta. This was the second in a series of hearings focused on the difference between businessess' demand for workers in a strong economy and the millions of Americans not in the labor force. I asked Secretary Acosta about ways the federal government can help technical colleges and businesses in the Seventh District recruit students and workers so that we can increase participation in vital sectors of our economy. 

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ACEC Meeting

 
  I had the opportunity to meet with the South Carolina division of the American Council of Engineering Companies when they were in Washington D.C. this week. We discussed issues that will impact their industry as well as important infrastructure projects in the Palmetto State. Thanks for taking the time to meet with me!