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Editorial: South Carolina should lead on Opportunity Zone development

Saturday | November 9, 2019

Cities and counties across South Carolina are working to take advantage of the anti-poverty Invest in Opportunity Act that was part of the 2017 tax reform bill. Our state ranks 10th in the nation in the percentage of its population living below the federal poverty line, and stands to benefit greatly if the act succeeds. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster and the Legislature should take further steps to ensure that South Carolina is a national leader in realizing the aims of the act, which directs … Continue Reading

Sen. Tim Scott: Tax reform is helping our economy, and communities most in need

Thursday | November 7, 2019

As Democratic presidential candidates promise to repeal the 2017 tax reform law and trip over themselves trying to determine who wants to tax Americans at the highest rates, it's important to remember one thing: the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) is working. I wrote and championed a key part of the tax reform package aimed at helping our communities most in need, the Opportunity Zones initiative. Chosen by governors and mayors, not Washington bureaucrats, Opportunity Zones and the communities … Continue Reading

Scott Praises HHS decision to protect religious liberty

Monday | November 4, 2019

On Friday, United States Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the following statement following the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decision to repeal the regulation that threatened faith-based foster care and adoption agencies in South Carolina. "It is fitting that this National Adoption Month, HHS has sided with our most vulnerable children in restoring the rights of the faith-based adoption agencies who care for them," said Senator Scott. "South Carolinians can rest assured that … Continue Reading

US Sen. Tim Scott, Womble Bond Dickinson Attorney Stephanie Few Discuss Opportunity Zones

Tuesday | October 29, 2019

US Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) was the architect of federal Opportunity Zone legislation designed to drive private investment and job creation in America's poorest neighborhoods. Sen. Scott remains one of the most enthusiastic champions of the Opportunity Zones program and at the recent South Carolina Opportunity Zone Summit, he and Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Stephanie Few had a "Fireside Chat" about the successes, challenges and promises of Opportunity Zones. Few, who works extensively with … Continue Reading


Monday | October 28, 2019

by Chuck Abbott

The 2018 Farm Bill included a provision to make it easier for farmers operating on so-called heirs property - land that passed from one generation of a family to another without a clear title - to obtain a USDA farm number and, thus, gain access to a multitude of government programs. The Senate is scheduled to vote this afternoon on an amendment by Alabama Senator Doug Jones to provide $5 million for a relending program that would be a step toward resolving ownership issues. One expert … Continue Reading

Senator Scott accepting applications for Spring 2020 Internships

Saturday | October 26, 2019

SOUTH CAROLINA - 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 2020. 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: Opportunity zones are really working

Friday | October 18, 2019

by Sen. Tim Scott

The 2017 tax reform law was a once-in-a-generation tax cut for America's families, small businesses, and workers. A huge part of that victory was that we were able to bring hope and prosperity to communities that have been left behind through new Opportunity Zones. I grew up in economically distressed neighborhoods, and I know that the last thing struggling communities need or want is the federal government telling them what their problems are or what their solutions should be. So, instead of … Continue Reading

Sen. Tim Scott advocates for civility in politics

Monday | October 14, 2019

by Dan Hunt

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott visited Hilton Head Island last week to talk politics, or rather, how Americans talk politics. Scott was invited by the Judie Aronson Social Justice Initiative, along with moderator Rabbi Brad Bloom, to speak simply on the topic of respectful debate - or as the program put it, "the importance of civility in our public discourse." "One of the places where we are failing as a nation is the latest polls say two-thirds of Republicans and two-thirds of Democrats do not have a … Continue Reading

Sen. Tim Scott, speaking on Hilton Head, calls for nationwide civility, talks impeachment

Friday | October 11, 2019

by Katherine Kokal

Days after the end of Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina visited Congregation Beth Yam on Hilton Head Island to encourage people with differing views to talk to each other. He spoke Thursday evening of the racism he experienced growing up, blaming evil on the perpetrators, not the president at the time. Deep polarization has damaged the country, he said. "A tribal America is a dangerous place to live." Scott, a Charleston Republican, was invited to … Continue Reading

Protest outside Trump rally in Minneapolis 'sickens my stomach,' GOP senator says

Friday | October 11, 2019

by Charles Creitz

Full video at the link below.U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., blasted the hundreds of protesters outside President Trump's Minneapolis rally on Thursday night, accusing the raucous crowd of trying to intimidate everyday citizens. "It's the most ridiculous thing I saw on TV today," Scott told guest host Jason Chaffetz on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle." "I've spent the day today running around South Carolina thanking law enforcement officers -- from Charleston to Aiken to Hilton Head -- thanking … Continue Reading

South Carolina boasts over 130 'opportunity zones' that could bring tax benefits

Thursday | October 10, 2019

by Renee Wunderlich

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Three hundred and fifty people from over 20 states gathered Thursday at the Greenville Convention Center to network and learn more about investing in specific areas across South Carolina called "opportunity zones." Opportunity zones are areas within designated communities where investors can get a tax break for bringing things like jobs or affordable housing. Over 130 places across South Carolina, including Greenville, Anderson, Pickens and Spartanburg, are now opportunity … Continue Reading

PHOTOS: U.S. Sen. Tim Scott guest speaker at NAACP banquet

Saturday | October 5, 2019

South Carolina U.S. Sen. Tim Scott was the guest speaker for the 36th Annual West Spartanburg Branch of the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet at USC Upstate on Oct. 5, 2019. Photos at the link … Continue Reading

Scott takes lead against sickle cell

Monday | September 30, 2019

The Orangeburg Area Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation has a mission of promoting awareness of sickle cell disease, an incurable and sometimes painful blood disorder. Its services include genetic counseling, prescription assistance, emergency patient assistance, testing, transportation, referrals and community education, including health fairs. A highlight of the foundation's campaign is an annual walk, which was held Saturday with the theme, "Taking a step towards breaking the sickle cell … Continue Reading

Entrepreneurs create most new jobs: Why aren't we talking about them?

Monday | September 23, 2019


In recent weeks, there has been talk about a possible recession and tools policymakers should use to protect American workers and the domestic economy. Some are talking about protection of jobs from global competition. Others talk about addressing income inequality. Still others refer to a menu of options, calling for interest rate cuts, tax cuts, and increased tax incentives. Missing almost entirely from the national discussion is entrepreneurship. This despite the fact that entrepreneurs, … Continue Reading

Citizens to discuss Opportunity Zone with city leaders

Wednesday | September 18, 2019

by Wes Cooper, Barclay Bishop

AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) - The public is invited to voice their opinions about what to invest in Opportunity Zones in the city limits. Opportunity Zones came about through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Originally proposed by Representative Tim Scott, Opportunity Zones are investment tools to encourage long-term investments in low-income and rural communities. In Aiken County, there are three opportunity zones. Two in North Augusta and one in the City of Aiken. The one in Aiken lies in the … Continue Reading

UNCF Commends the Passage of the FUTURE Act

Tuesday | September 17, 2019

Washington, DC, Sept. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2486, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act. This bill, introduced by Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) and Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), extends important mandatory funding in Title III, Part F of the Higher Education Act of 1965 until Fiscal Year 2021 for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), … Continue Reading

House passes $300 million bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing

Tuesday | September 10, 2019

by Suzy Khimm

The House passed a bill Tuesday requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing, after more than a dozen tenants died from the gas in the last 16 years. "It will prevent tragic and completely needless deaths," said Rep. Jesús "Chuy" García, D-Ill., the lead sponsor of the bill, which provides about $300 million over three years to install carbon monoxide detectors in federally subsidized housing for poor families. "This is a bill that will save lives and help make us all … Continue Reading

Tri-County leaders: ‘Take Dorian seriously’

Tuesday | September 3, 2019

by Patrick Phillips

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - One of the key messages from leaders from across Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties at a Tuesday afternoon news conference was to avoid letting Hurricane Dorian's weaker intensity give a false sense of security. Leaders said now is the time to evacuate because once sustained winds reach 40 mph, Charleston County EMS will not be responding to calls. Sen. Tim Scott spokesman Joe McKeown said the senator has been in contact with the Federal … Continue Reading

Photos: Pints & Politics hosts U.S. Sen. Tim Scott

Friday | August 9, 2019

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott participated in The Post and Courier's third Pints & Politics event at Baker and Brewer in Charleston. Pictures at the link … Continue Reading

Sen. Tim Scott’s bid to help SC heirs’ property owners gets ‘listening session’ in D.C.

Thursday | August 8, 2019

by David Slade

Provisions in the federal farm bill designed to aid owners of heirs' property, who have historically been excluded from farm assistance programs, were approved in late 2018. They currently are going through public comment sessions with the Farm Service Agency. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., co-sponsored the heirs' property language in the bill. Heirs' property is land that's been handed down through a family without a will, typically resulting in property with multiple part-owners but no clear … Continue Reading

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