Apr 25 2021
This week, I joined more than 25 Governors, Senators, and Representatives for a bipartisan Infrastructure Summit hosted by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. We discussed ideas, initiatives, and proposals for a federal infrastructure and public investment package.
Here, the House Problem Solvers Caucus released a new report of bipartisan policy recommendations to build a strong, successful 21st Century infrastructure network for America. To remain a world class economy we must have world class infrastructure. For too long, we have failed to properly maintain existing roads, much less fund new necessary infrastructure. We must work across the aisle, focus on great projects and keep costs low for the American taxpayer. Infrastructure investment is one of the top needs in the 7th District district.
Voting Against D.C. Statehood
The Founding Fathers intended for D.C. to be a city independent of any one state. Not only is H.R. 51 unconstitutional, but D.C. Statehood is wrong for our country. This is nothing but a political maneuver to expand blue seats in the Senate, which is why I voted against H.R. 51 on Friday morning.
Introducing The PREVENT DIABETES Act
Thursday, I introduced the PREVENT DIABETES Act to expand virtual suppliers in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program to rural, minority, and medically underserved communities. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve learned just how important access is to virtual health services. This legislation will help address disparities and empower folks to make healthier choices, so we can prosper as a community.
Co-Chairing The Coastal Communities Caucus
As a new Co-Chair of the House Coastal Communities Caucus, I’ll work to highlight the unique concerns of those that live, work, and vacation along America’s coasts. South Carolina has 2,900 miles of tidal coastline, much of which is in the 7th District. Coastal concerns are known well by my constituents, who host more than 14 million tourists per year and must frequently mitigate the effects of severe storms and flooding. I am pleased to join this bipartisan forum, which serves as a platform for collaboration with districts facing similar issues to South Carolina’s 7th.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
This week, my staff attended an event at the Children's Recovery Center in Myrtle Beach to learn about how they are working in the community to combat child abuse. Thanks to all who are working to bring awareness to this important cause.
South Carolina is in Phase 2 of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution. I'm pleased to see all South Carolinians aged 16+ are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 2 and can schedule 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 - April 23, 2021, The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) paused the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. On April 23, 2021, the DHEC lifted this ban.
I encourage everyone eligible to find a vaccine location near them to schedule an appointment. Learn more here.