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Senators Scott, Graham speak out on planned overhaul of the Federal Criminal Justice System

Thursday | November 15, 2018

by Tim Renaud

WASHINGTON (WCBD) - President Donald Trump is throwing his support behind a bill that would overhaul the federal criminal justice system. "The First Step Act" reduces prison time for some non-violent offenders. It also helps inmates learn skills to succeed as law-abiding citizens once they are out of jail. "We want to be smart on crime and also fair, and some of the laws that are on the books have dis-appropriately impacted certain races and groups of people," said Ja'Ron Smith, Special … Continue Reading


Senator Tim Scott honors women veterans ahead of Veterans Day

Saturday | November 10, 2018

by Jenna Cisneros

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Senator Tim Scott hosted a ceremony to recognize South Carolina Women Veterans Saturday morning at First Baptist Church of Columbia. Alongside Scott, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a combat veteran also attended the ceremony and spoke about the sacrifice. "Women gave up their families, they gave up life on the home front to join those ranks to provide a great service to our nation," Ernst said. "When they first started joining ranks in the military they were … Continue Reading


Sen. Tim Scott honors women veterans at Columbia church

Saturday | November 10, 2018

by Kristen Schneider

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - South Carolina Senator Tim Scott celebrated Veterans Day in the Midlands, along with Iowa Senator Joni Ernst. Sen. Scott held a special ceremony honoring women veterans at First Baptist Church of Columbia Saturday morning. Sen. Ernst, who joined him, served in the Iowa Army National Guard for 18 years. Sen. Scott used the event to surprise Sen. Ernst; he brought in her daughter Libby, who is currently studying at the United States Military Academy in West Point. The … Continue Reading


Sen. Scott accepting applications

Thursday | November 8, 2018

COLUMBIA - U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) has announced he is accepting congressional internship applications for available positions in his Washington DC, North Charleston, Columbia and Greenville offices for the spring of 2019. The internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students practical experience in constituent services, the legislative process, government policy, and press. The internship provides students with the ability to work with and learn from public service … Continue Reading


Sen. Tim Scott talks political civility, upcoming veterans event

Wednesday | October 31, 2018

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - As the election approaches, we spoke with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott on Wednesday, speaking on a few topics including civility and how we can elevate political debate. "I look back to Pittsburgh and I think back to 2015, we had a massacre of 9 Christian lives simply because they were worshipping, simply because they were black. We have to have a clear and decisive statement to anyone motivated by hate that we will not tolerate that in any corner of this country," … Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Tim Scott to honor servicewomen at Veteran’s Day event

Wednesday | October 31, 2018

by Renee Sexton

There is still time for female veterans in South Carolina to register to participate in an event honoring them hosted by U.S. Senator Tim Scott, R- South Carolina. The recognition is at First Baptist Church in Columbia on November 11th. Participating female veterans will be presented with a Senatorial Certificate of Appreciation and a lapel pin so they are encouraged to register prior to attending. "I wanted to take the time, stop and say, 'thank you' to the women who are willing to put it … Continue Reading


Senator Tim Scott to accept applications for spring 2019 internships

Tuesday | October 30, 2018

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) has announced he is accepting congressional internship applications for available positions in his Washington DC, North Charleston, Columbia and Greenville offices for the spring of 2019. The internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students practical experience in constituent services, the legislative process, government policy, and press. The internship provides students with the ability to work with and learn from public service professionals, as … Continue Reading


SC Sen. Scott praises economic growth at Hilton Head's State of the Region

Friday | October 26, 2018

by Stassy Olmos

Hundreds of people showed up for the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce State of the Region Friday, including South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and the special speaker, Senator Tim Scott. Scott acknowledged that the country is in a time of great divide and said we need people who believe in the future of the country. He talked about the great opportunity and economic expansion in the United States, highlighting the unemployment rate being the lowest its been in half a … Continue Reading


Sen. Scott visits Bluffton High School

Friday | October 26, 2018

by Dan Hunt

Moments after delivering the keynote speech Friday at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce's annual State of the Region, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott traveled to Bluffton High School to speak to an auditorium of roughly 200 students, teacher and administrators. One of his main messages was dealing with adversity. The South Carolina Republican told students that as an adolescent, he struggled with depression and a childhood that involved growing up with one parent who worked 16 hours a … Continue Reading


Sen. Tim Scott: Tax Break Program Creates 'Opportunity Zones'

Monday | October 22, 2018

by Sandy Fitzgerald

A tax break program creating "opportunity zones" in more than 8,000 areas will help nearly 35 million Americans by attracting private sector capital through a capital gains tax deferral plan, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said Monday. "If you make it a long-term investment in one the poor areas, the fact of the matter, that tax is 24 percent," Scott, who made pushing the tax bill through a priority, told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "This is a significant motivating factor for [the] private … Continue Reading


Trump administration investing in poor rural areas

Monday | October 22, 2018

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S.C. politicians meet with President Trump to discuss fate of MOX project

Friday | October 19, 2018

by Colin Demarest

A collection of South Carolina lawmakers and politicians hit the White House on Thursday in an effort to save the seemingly doomed Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility project. The historically pro-MOX group that was scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump that afternoon included U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott; U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson; S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster; and S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, according to respective spokespeople and prior interviews and information. U.S. … Continue Reading


White House Approves a Tax Rule Meant to Help Distressed Areas

Thursday | October 18, 2018

by Jim Tankersley

WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department on Friday outlined new rules stemming from the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul last year that are aimed at giving investors confidence to pour billions of dollars into distressed economic areas across the United States. Investment banks, venture capitalists and real estate developers have been eagerly awaiting guidance for so-called opportunity zones, a sort of domestic tax haven that was created under the Republican tax bill that President Trump signed into … Continue Reading


Sen. Tim Scott to host South Carolina Woman Veterans event

Thursday | October 18, 2018

by Tim Renaud

COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) - Senators Tim Scott and Joni Ernst (R-IA) released a joint statement this week to announce a South Carolina Woman Veterans event this Veterans Day weekend. "Senator Ernst is a force to be reckoned with. Not only does she hold the title of United States Senator, but she also holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard. A dear friend of mine in the Senate, a combat veteran herself, and a powerful voice for women, I am so excited to welcome her back … Continue Reading


Incentives Watch: States Partner with Feds to ‘Zone-In’ on Opportunities

Tuesday | October 16, 2018

by Kevin Thayer

Despite a strong economy and the lowest unemployment in decades, many areas of the country continue to experience poverty and joblessness. Construction and investment booms in cities as centers of economic growth and development, while small towns in rural areas struggle to attract new businesses and development. Enterprise zones are the government's answer to this issue: incentivizing investments in designated low-income areas. Tax incentives offer a carrot to developers and investment funds … Continue Reading


Column: Our state’s maternal death rate is alarming

Sunday | October 14, 2018

South Carolina's maternal-mortality rate is the eighth highest in the nation, with 26.5 deaths for 100,000 live births compared to 20.7 nationwide.The Centers For Disease Control also found that between 2011 and 2015, the maternal-mortality rate for black women in our state was significantly higher, with a gap of more than 40 deaths per 100,000 live births.I am helping to lead a bipartisan effort in the Senate calling for an increased focus on reducing maternal mortality in the United States … Continue Reading


100 Years Later, WWI Veteran Honored Posthumously with Purple Heart

Saturday | October 13, 2018

by Kayland Hagwood

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Purple Heart was presented posthumously Saturday to the late Sgt. Perry Loyd to honor the Sumter County native's sacrifice during World War I. Loyd served in the 371st Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division (Colored), at what was then known as Camp Jackson. Loyd was severely wounded in action on Sept. 29, 1918, during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, a major part of the final Allied offensive of World War I that stretched along the entire Western Front from September to … Continue Reading


‘Opportunity Zone’ Investment Rules Likely This Month from IRS

Thursday | October 11, 2018

Investment fund managers may get answers soon on how to recycle capital gains into projects in low-income areas deemed "opportunity zones" in exchange for a new tax break. The incentive, part of last year's tax overhaul (Pub. L. No. 115-97), has drawn a lot of attention from investors and could tap into an estimated $6 trillion in idle capital gains, according to an analysis of Federal Reserve data by the Economic Innovation Group, a public policy organization based in Washington that is … Continue Reading


Sen. Tim Scott releases statement following confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh

Saturday | October 6, 2018

by Savannah Sondov

WASHINGTON, D.C. (FOX Carolina)- Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) has released a statement following the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. Read his full statement below: "One of the greatest honors of my life is being able to serve the people of South Carolina in the United States Senate. Today, once again, history called on the Senate to fulfill the duties given to us by the Constitution-to advise and consent on a Supreme Court nomination. I proudly … Continue Reading


How Sen. Tim Scott envisioned Opportunity Zones working for low-income communities

Wednesday | October 3, 2018

by Hannah Alani

When U.S. Sen. Tim Scott described his vision for federal tax breaks in low-income areas, he spoke candidly of his childhood growing up in impoverished neighborhoods in North Charleston - neighborhoods such as Liberty Hill and Union Heights, which still lack basic needs like grocery stores. The Republican lawmaker saw tax breaks tailored to businesses and investors as a fruitful way to benefit both investors and low-income communities. He called these areas "Opportunity Zones," and was able … Continue Reading

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