The Rice Report



This week, I'm hosting Coffee with Your Congressman events in Marion, Marlboro, Chesterfield, and Darlington counties. Join me to discuss upcoming legislation and current events affecting the nation, state, and district. These events are free and open to the public and press. See you there!


Thursday, May 6, 2021


11:00am -12:00pm

Marion Country Library

101 SE Court Street

Marion, SC 29571



1:00 – 2:00pm

Magnolia on Main

226 E Main Street

Bennettsville, SC 29512



4:00 – 5:00pm

Chesterfield County Council Chambers Meeting Room

178 Mill Street

Chesterfield, SC 29709


Friday, May 7, 2021



Darlington County Library

204 N Main Street

Darlington, SC 29532

Distributing $1.29 Million in Federal Disaster Relief Funds

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This week, I applauded the South Carolina Office of Resilience’s (SCOR) Disaster Recovery Office (DRO) for distributing $1,290,593 in funding across the Mitigation Funds Match and Plans & Studies programs. Both of these grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Mitigation program. 

Four counties in the 7th District will receive the majority of these funds: Chesterfield, Dillon, Florence, and Marion counties. The funds will go towards developing flood plans and federal match opportunities.

One of the most important pieces of disaster recovery is preparing for the future. The funding awarded through the Mitigation Funds Match program and the Plans and Studies program will take what we’ve learned from previous disasters and develop the best course of action forward so we can successfully navigate future disasters. We worked tirelessly to ensure the release of these funds from the federal government. I’m pleased to see the state working diligently to ensure the funds continue to go out the door to help communities in the 7th District.

Read the release here.

Speaking at the Trade Subcommittee Hearing

Congressman Rice speaking at trade subcommittee hearing

Thursday, during a Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee hearing, I discussed how to advance U.S. economic competitiveness on the world stage. We can’t have a competitive economy if we don’t have world class infrastructure.

Watch the video here. 

COVID-19 Update

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South Carolina is in Phase 2 of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution. I'm pleased to see all South Carolinians aged 16+ are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 2 and can schedule appointments. Currently, Pfizer is the only vaccine available to those aged 16-18. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are all available to those aged 18 and older. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) lifted the pause on the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on April 23, 2021.

I encourage everyone eligible to find a vaccine location near them to schedule an appointment. Learn more here.