The Rice Report

Friends, 

This week, I spoke on the House Floor to hold Democrats accountable for their COVID-19 relief bill costing each American nearly $6,000. This $1.9 trillion package is a progressive grab bag attempt to favor blue states and strap our next generation with debt. We need meaningful, targeted relief for the Americans who need it. This was not a COVID-19 relief bill at all, with only 9% of the funds going towards COVID-19 related costs. 

I'll continue to be your voice for commonsense, conservative solutions in Congress.

Watch my opening statement on the House floor by clicking on the image below, or click here

Pathway to Connectivity 

This week, I joined more than 50 local government and school officials in a virtual discussion about the efforts, challenges, and future plans for broadband connectivity in the 7th District. 

My whole focus in Congress is giving everybody a shot. America is the land of opportunity. You can’t have a competitive economy, you can’t have opportunity for everybody, without the appropriate infrastructure. Broadband is a huge part of that infrastructure. Broadband connectivity is a critically important issue in the 7th district, particularly in rural areas. The pandemic has heightened the digital divide, showing us that there is no time to lose in making broadband a reality everywhere.

COVID-19 Update

South Carolina's vaccine distribution plan has been incredibly successful over the past month. I'm pleased to see the progress our state continues to make in Phase 1-B, which began this week. 

According to the SCDHEC, the following individuals will be eligible to make an appointment 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 1a.

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 has many accomplishments to be proud of for paving the way for women in sports. 

Althea Gibson was born in Clarendon County, South Carolina in 1927 and later moved to Harlem, New York where she became a rising star in the sport of tennis. She was the first African American player to enter the US Open in 1950. Gibson was the first Black player to win the French, Wimbledon, and US Open singles championships. In 1957 she was named Female Athlete of the Year by the Associate Press. An important trailblazer for women, she published her 1958 autobiography, "I Always Wanted to Be Somebody." Tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams have often referenced Gibson as an influence on their careers.