Apr 18 2021
This week, I hosted a telephone town hall where I had the privilege to speak with many of the constituents in the 7th District. We discussed issues like stopping the crisis at our Southern border, fixing our immigration system, and providing assistance to law enforcement. Thank you to all who joined for the important questions and conversations. I look forward to the next one! Read more about the telephone town hall here.
Actions This Week
I cosponsored HJ Res. 11 to keep the U.S. Supreme Court at 9 Justices. It’s been that way for more than 150 years. Last week, President Biden created an unnecessary commission to reform the Court and now Democrats in Congress are trying to go one step further by proposing legislation to expand the number of Justices to 13. These actions are only paving the way for complete politicization of the Court. Keep the Nine!
Delivering for the District: Quarter 1 Grants
“In February of 2021, we learned that the City of Conway was awarded a grant from the EDA of just over $6 million, making it the largest grant in the City’s history. The grant will be used to increase the capacity of our sewer system, preparing for additional demands on the City’s lines, including industrial and commercial development…Our partners, specifically Congressman Rice and his team, have been instrumental in assuring that the City of Conway is prepared for the demands of a rapidly increasing population and in addressing the needs of our community to combat the repercussions of flooding,” said Adam Emrick, City of Conway Administrator.
The 7th District is always improving thanks to the work and dedication of organizations and individuals in our community. Each quarter, I’ll post the grants awarded in the 7th District to provide you with an overview of ongoing projects.
This quarter, The City of Conway received $6,000,000 from the EDA to fund critical wastewater system infrastructure upgrades. This is one of the single largest grants that the City of Conway has ever received. These upgrades will protect local businesses and allow for new development in the area by eliminating overflow during flood events. To view the list of all the grants awarded in the 7th District this quarter, please click here.
If you are an organization, business or non-profit seeking funds for a specific project, you may be eligible for a federal grant. For more information on federal grants and how my office can be helpful to you, please visit https://rice.house.gov/grants.
Earth Day 2021
I was thrilled to hear about Power Plant SC which will plant more than 3 million trees across South Carolina on Earth Day. Each tree planted is capable of absorbing thousands of gallons of rainwater a year. What a great way to help reduce severe flooding issues from our state’s heavy rainstorms, hurricanes, and tides. They can’t do it alone! Visit PowerPlantSC.com to learn more and get involved this Earth Day, Thursday April 22!
Watch my video here.
South Carolina moved to Phase 2 in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution. Now, I'm pleased to see all South Carolinians aged 16+ are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 2 and can begin scheduling appointments. Currently, Pfizer is the only vaccine available to those aged 16-18. Pfizer and Moderna are both available to those aged 18 and older. Effective April 13, 2021, The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has paused the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
I encourage everyone eligible to find a vaccine location near them to schedule an appointment. Learn more here.