Results vs. Rhetoric

 Connecting Students with Opportunity

 

In Congress, I’ve worked to implement policies like tax reform that have made our economy competitive again. Now that our economy is back on track, I am focused on making sure people in the Seventh District are ready to take on this unprecedented opportunity. That’s why we hosted the “Educator Summit: Connecting Students with Opportunity.” Our goal was to facilitate a conversation between local educators, technical schools, and employers about how to connect young people with the new opportunities available in our community. The Dillon Inland Port has created 1,000 jobs (and counting!) in an area where people have felt left behind for too long. Unemployment rates in Marion and Marlboro counties have been cut in half over the last two years. We wanted educators to bring the message to their students that opportunity is back in the Seventh District, and that it is theirs to take.

Continued dialogue between these groups is key to engaging students and bringing people from the sidelines of the economy into the workforce. I look forward to continuing this important conversation with local educators and leaders!  

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Vote Notes: For the Democratic Majority 

 
 

Republicans have made our priorities in Congress clear- growing our economy and creating opportunity-and we’ve delivered on them. This week we voted on Democrats’ top priority legislation, a blatant power grab designed to line the pockets of Democratic politicians and protect their majority. They called it the “For the People Act”, but I think “For the Democratic Majority Act” is a more fitting title. What Democrats are trying to sell as necessary election reform will federalize the election system and is an attempt to take away each state’s constitutional right to determine their own election process. 

Included in this 622-page bill of democratic priorities are provisions that:

  • Create a 6 to 1 taxpayer-funded match of small donor dollars to congressional campaigns, meaning for every $200 donated, the federal government will match $1,200. Your tax dollars will go to candidates you do not support.
  • Impede states’ ability to determine their registration and voting practices, as protected under Article 1, Section 4 of the Constitution and violates separation of powers by Congress mandating ethics standards for the Supreme Court.
  • Force states to accept a sworn statement as proof of identity instead of photo identification and allow felons to vote in federal elections regardless of state laws.
  • Limit free speech by imposing vague standards that disadvantage any group that advocates on behalf of any legislative issue.
H.R. 1 is not "for the people." It is a blatant power grab that politicizes and undermines our election process to serve Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic majority.

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Results vs. Rhetoric 

 
  While Democrats race to the left with big government policy proposals like Medicare for all and the Green New Deal, the benefits of tax reform and regulatory reform are speaking for themselves. In 2018 the economy grew at the highest rate in 13 years! February's job report showed that wages are growing at their fastest pace in a decade and unemployment remains historically low. I will continue to fight for common sense policies that lift up all Americans. 

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I-73 Update

 
 

The South Carolina Department of Transportation submitted their application for the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Federal Grant program to receive federal funding for I-73! I led a letter to Secretary Chao with Senator Graham and Senator Scott in support of their application. The INFRA Grant provides federal dollars for infrastructure projects that will achieve President Trump's goal of driving the economy through infrastructure investment, especially in rural areas. I-73 is a perfect fit! It will traverse three of the poorest counties in South Carolina- Marion, Marlboro, and Dillon- providing unprecedented opportunity for those who have felt left behind.

I'm glad that SCDOT recognizes the importance of I-73 not only to the Seventh District, but to all of South Carolina. I spoke to WPDE about what this grant means for the future of I-73. Watch the full interview below! 

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