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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

New bill aims to break cycle of repeated flooding and rebuilding

Tuesday | July 30, 2019

by Anjali Patel

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) says the cycle of repeated flooding and rebuilding needs to be broken, which is why he and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) have introduced a new bill-- the Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act-- which aims to better protect flood-prone communities. Senator Scott hopes to break that costly cycle by compelling local governments to do something about those properties that have flooded over and over again. "This is a chance for us to tell local communities … Continue Reading

Senator Tim Scott introduces bill to strengthen relationships between the SBA and HBCU’s

Thursday | July 25, 2019

U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the Promoting Robust Opportunities for Minority Institutions and Strengthening Entrepreneurship (PROMISE) Act. This legislation would require the Small Business Administration to produce an annual public report detailing its relationship with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's), strengthening the relationship between the two organizations. "Investing in our students at HBCU's is an investment that will reap … Continue Reading

O'Ree humbled by consideration for Congressional Gold Medal

Thursday | July 25, 2019

by William Douglas

WASHINGTON -- Willie O'Ree met Thursday with the lead U.S. senators who sponsored a bill to award the NHL's first black player the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress. "He's earned it, we're late in giving him the medal he has earned," Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., who co-sponsored the bill with Sen. Debbie Stabenow D-Mich. Scott and Stabenow said O'Ree is worthy of the honor not only for becoming the League's first black player but for his post-playing career … Continue Reading

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