My goal is to positively affect lives with a message of hope and opportunity, and my Opportunity Agenda is a direct reflection of that. It is founded on the principle that all Americans should have the opportunity to succeed.
The Investing in Opportunity Act proposes a new solution to encourage economic growth and job creation in economically distressed communities. This bipartisan legislation offers a temporary capital gains deferral in exchange for reinvesting those dollars into distressed communities. Currently, more than 30 percent of South Carolina’s population, or 1.4 million people, live in an economically distressed area, a number that rises to 50 million Americans nationwide.
The CHOICE Act seeks to expand opportunities and foster success by providing students and parents greater choice when it comes to education. It empowers the parents of a child with a disability to choose the right school by making federal IDEA dollars portable, and expands access and awareness of the successful school choice program in Washington, D.C. I strongly believe that great teachers can make all the difference in a child’s life and every student should have access to the school that best suits their unique needs.
The Leveraging and Energizing America’s Apprenticeship Programs (LEAP) Act, provides a tax credit to employers to help increase the number of registered apprenticeships in the U.S. to put more people to work and help fill the 4 million job vacancies across the United States.
Senator Scott offered the SKILLS Act as an original part of his Opportunity Agenda, which he announced last January. Many key components of the SKILLS Act, whose main focus was delivering high-quality, efficient job training services to Americans who need them most, were incorporated into a bipartisan compromise, WIOA, which was signed into law on July 22, 2014.
Introducing My Opportunity Agenda on the Senate Floor
Friday | March 9, 2018
Scott toured the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood of North Charleston, South Carolina as part of his National Opportunity Tour. Scott was joined by leaders of Metanoia, a Community Development Corporation.Read More
Friday | February 2, 2018
Scott’s Investing in Opportunity Act was included in the tax bill as a provision to uplift distressed communities.Read More
Tuesday | January 23, 2018
U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), a long time champion of school choice and member of the Senate Education Committee, today introduced a resolution declaring this week National School Choice Week.Read More
- Thursday | June 15, 2017
Monday | June 12, 2017
As White House Focuses on Workforce Development, Scott's Bipartisan LEAP Act Encourages Apprenticeships, Tackling Skills Gap
As the White House prepares to make new announcements on workforce development this week, U.S. Senator Tim Scott continues his years long work in this area. The Senator's bipartisan LEAP Act incentivizes companies to expand their apprenticeship programs using a South Carolina-style model to help folks earn while they learn.Read More
- Wednesday | February 15, 2017
Thursday | February 2, 2017
Today, Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congressmen Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced the Investing in Opportunity Act.Read More