Empowering the Innovation Economy

Ever-changing technology, trade patterns, and career paths have created new opportunities and flexibilities for workers, entrepreneurs, and innovators of all sizes and from all sectors.   Our citizens and our businesses have been adapting, changing and modernizing far faster than the federal government, and I am working to bring flexibility and modernization to Washington, DC, so that government is an asset, not a hindrance.

I’ve been working since I entered the Senate to incentivize high-quality apprenticeship programs, which have proven extremely successful in South Carolina, and my Modern Worker Empowerment Act would facilitate innovative business models by adopting a commonsense worker classification standard across different federal laws. The bipartisan SKILLS RENEWAL Act could be a game-changer for workforce development programs, as it would create a flexible skills training credit to give Americans ownership over their upskilling and reskilling pathways. Through bills like the Helping Gig Economy Workers Act, which I helped to introduce, I have also begun working with my colleagues to increase access to benefits for independent contractors in a market-driven manner. We can build on these proposals to unleash innovation and empower workers across our economy.

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  • Wednesday | September 16, 2020

    Scott, Graham Introduce State Fix Act to Promote Broadband Access

    U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) today introduced The State Fix Act to help promote rural and underserved broadband access in South Carolina and around the nation.  The legislation builds upon legislation the South Carolina senators introduced earlier this year, The Governors Broadband Development Fund.

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  • Tuesday | September 1, 2020

    We must expand broadband access to provide more opportunities for South Carolinians

    It is critical that we continue to find pathways to increase connectivity for all Americans to ensure that they are equipped with the tools necessary to thrive.

    And although it has been a problem for too long, I believe that we can bridge the divides in our states and across our country to empower all Americans, ultimately giving hope and opportunity in these times.

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