The Rice Report

Friends, 
Tomorrow, we remember the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -  a true unifier who made America a better place. He sought to uplift all in this country and give everybody a fair opportunity at achieving the American Dream. I hope you take a moment to reflect on his life and powerful words this week. To read his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, you can click here.

State of Emergency Declared Ahead of Winter Storm

Winter Storm

Governor McMaster has declared a state of emergency for South Carolina's winter storm this weekend. I encourage everyone to monitor local weather conditions and take winter safety precautions. For recommendations on how to best be prepared, please click here. Stay safe, South Carolina!

Increasing Compensation & Hiring of Rural Law Enforcement Officers

Law Enforcement

Police officers keep all kinds of communities safe, but those in rural and low-income communities often face barriers to doing their jobs effectively and efficiently. I’ve met with law enforcement officers in all eight counties of the 7th District to hear how we can make our law enforcement programs work better for communities in South Carolina and across the Nation.

Wednesday, I introduced the bipartisan Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) on theBeat Grant Program Reauthorization along with 11 of my colleagues to ensure all communities are well staffed with officers who can meet the needs of the community, are trained properly, and paid a fair wage.

We can’t merely talk about the need for improving law enforcement relations, budgets, and trainings. This legislation delivers on those calls for thoughtful and targeted solutions.

Read what the law enforcement community is saying about the legislation here.

Read the press release here.

Accepting The Friend of the Family Award

Faith and Freedom Awards

This week, I was pleased to accept the Friend of the Family Award from The Faith & Freedom Coalition. This award recognizes my voting record of protecting life, strengthening families, defending religious liberty and standing with Israel. You can always count on me to defend our conservative values!

Mobile Office Hours

Mobile Office

One of the most important parts of my job is assisting you. I hope you'll take advantage of my office's upcoming in-person Mobile Office Hours to help with federal issue matters. My staff will be at the following locations this month to reduce travel and conveniently assist you:

Wednesday, January 26: Conway, Bennettsville & Dillon

Thursday, January 27: Lake View

Please click HERE to view all Mobile Office times and locations.

COVID-19 Announcements

Virus

On January 3, 2022, The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approved emergency use authorization for booster shots to include all aged 12+ who received a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The CDC continues to recommend booster shots for adults 18+  who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Click here for information from the CDC about boosters.

Vaccines continue to be readily available across South Carolina. Click here to view my COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter with the latest information.