The spread of Coronavirus has people justifiably on edge. The headlines are scary. As the virus has spread outside of China, the World Health Organization has raised its threat assessment. The Center for Disease Control has determined that the United States will see an increase in cases and spread from person to person. It is likely to get worse before it gets better. 

But that being said, the risk of infection in the United States today remains very low.  There are only 60 confirmed cases in a nation of over 300,000,000 people.  44 of those came from one cruise ship.  No one in the United States has died from this disease.  In 70 to 80 percent of cases the symptoms are mild.

The Administration is working with the various agencies including the Center for Disease Control, the National Institute of Health and the Food and Drug Administration to ensure the safety and well-being of all Americans.  Rest assured that a bipartisan Congress stands ready to provide necessary resources.  

Everyone can help prevent the spread of any illness, including Coronavirus by taking a few simple precautions:  wash your hands, avoid touching your face, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, stay up to date on vaccinations, and stay home if you feel unwell. 

If you believe you are showing symptoms or have any question, please call: 800-CDC-INFO

Phase One China Trade Deal

The Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on Phase One of the China Trade Deal. For years, China stole our intellectual property and technology, and created an unlevel playing field. Clinton, Bush, and Obama did not do it, but President Trump has the chutzpah to take on China.

This landmark deal will finally hold China accountable for its unfair and deceptive trade practices. The deal will provide more protections for American companies’ intellectual property. China has also pledged to increase its purchases of U.S. goods by more than 50 percent. Both deals ensure that we are able to export more American goods and fewer American jobs.

Click here for my full testimony: Full Clip

Born Alive Act

This week Senate Democrats blocked the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.” The legislation would protect newborn infants who survive abortion attempts by requiring health care practitioners to provide life-supporting care and admit the infant to a hospital. The bill failed to achieve the 60 votes required to advance in the Senate. Currently federal law does not adequately protect a born child who survives an abortion. This should not be a partisan issue.

Credit Unions

This week I had the pleasure of speaking to the South Carolina Credit League. They play an integral role in our communities, and I look forward to continuing to work with them.

Air Force One

I was so honored to fly to beautiful South Carolina last night on Air Force One with President Trump and the state Republican delegation. South Carolinians have so many reasons to love President Trump. Our economy is growing as opposed to the stagnation of the Obama years. African Americans, Hispanics, and women have record low unemployment rates. Wages are rising, and it goes on and on!