May 02 2021
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
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
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.
Speaking at the 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.
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.