The Rice Report

Friends,

It’s been a busy week in the district! I visited a vaccine clinic, spoke at the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club, had an international trade meeting to promote Inland Port Dillon, discussed COVID-19 relief to Florence Regional Airport, and hosted three coffees with more than 150 constituents.

As South Carolina continues to make progress in getting folks vaccinated, I look forward to every chance I get to talk with constituents in person. Big thanks to everyone who came out to the events this week - it’s a privilege to represent you!

ICYMI: Coffee with Your Congressman

This week, I had coffee with more than 150 Constituents across Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, and Florence. After a year of being unable to do events like these in person, it was great to be able to talk about District issues directly with the people I represent. Thank you to everyone for coming out and I look forward to the next one!

Visiting the Latta Community Center Vaccine Clinic

I stopped into the Latta Vaccine Clinic at the Community Center, operated by CareSouth Carolina to talk with everybody receiving a vaccine and thank our wonderful healthcare workers. There are plenty of appointments on Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 843-309-8301 to schedule your appointment.

Meeting with Florence Regional Airport Leadership to Discuss COVID-19 Relief

Tourism and travel were amongst the industries hardest hit from the pandemic. I met with leadership at Florence Regional Airport for an update on COVID-19 relief to the travel industry.  I advocated in Congress for American Airlines to restore service to Florence and helped ensure they had funding from the Payroll Support Program to bring back employees. It’s great to hear we got the job done. Welcome back, American Airlines!

Meeting with Consul General of India in Atlanta to Discuss Trade at Inland Port Dillon

Inland Port Dillon has helped bring prosperity to a community that hasn’t been economically prosperous in a long time. Because of the port, about 2,000 new jobs have been created.

I met with Consul General Dr. Swati Kulkarni of the Indian Consulate in Atlanta and Michael Elmore, the General Manager of the Inland Port Dillon, to discuss how trade relationships with India can help grow the local economy. We want to promote trade in this area and meeting with Dr. Kulkarni to hear about how India can continue to be a trading partner for the area is a fantastic way to do this.

COVID-19 Update

1.7 million South Carolinians have been vaccinated and the number grows every day. I'm proud of the success of the state's vaccination rollout and I encourage everyone eligible to schedule appointments.

South Carolina is currently in Phase 1-B.
According to the SCDHEC, the following individuals are eligible for the vaccine:
-Those 55 or older, regardless of preexisting conditions
-People with increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
-Frontline workers with increased occupational risk including school workers and law enforcement officers
-Individuals at increased risk in settings where people are living and working in close contact
-All workers in healthcare and community health settings who have routine, direct patient contact and were not vaccinated in Phase 1-A

To see the list of vaccine locations click here.

Women's History Month

This month, we honor women who have made important contributions to history, events, and culture. Read about a South Carolinian who is known for passing the history of South Carolina onto the next generation.

Mary C. Simms Oliphant was born in Barnwell and took on the task of updating “The History of South Carolina” which was first written by her grandfather in 1840. Her updated book was later used by the South Carolina Board of Education to teach state history in schools. A graduate of the College for Women in Columbia, Mary Simms Oliphant was the first woman to receive the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian award.