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Amid a crisis of inequality, $2 trillion of tax-free investing in Opportunity Zones could benefit both rich and poor

Monday | May 6, 2019

by R. Paul Herman & Noah Strouse

How can a formerly failing freshman in a South Carolina high school ultimately build a path to prosperity for millions of poor people nationwide? Through the U.S. tax code, of course. Born into poverty in North Charleston, South Carolina, and raised by a single mother, Tim Scott struggled economically and educationally early in life, like many of the 39 million low-income Americans facing a poverty threshold of $25,750 per year for a family of four. Ultimately, Scott found a mentor, graduated … Continue Reading

Tim Scott: Spartanburg’s Franklin School ‘a national model’

Tuesday | April 23, 2019

by Bob Montgomery

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., called the Northside's new Franklin School "a national model that everybody can follow" on Tuesday. "This highlights the success story of an integrated community," said Scott at his fifth visit to Spartanburg's Northside community. "My role is to be a conduit for greatness, to find ways to fund it and communicate it." The $11.5 million early childhood learning center opened in January, funded with about $4.5 million in public money and $7 million in private … Continue Reading

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott tours site of Greenville Unity Park on visit to Greenville

Tuesday | April 23, 2019

Tim Scott met with Mayor Knox White and toured the scene of the future Unity Park in Greenville. Watch the full video … Continue Reading

HUD moves to require carbon monoxide detectors in public housing after deaths

Thursday | April 18, 2019

by Suzy Khimm and Laura Strickler

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is drafting the first federal rule requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing, after an NBC News investigation revealed the lack of protections for millions of low-income residents. At least 13 people have died from the hazardous gas in federally subsidized housing since 2003, NBC News found. The new requirement will go through the federal rulemaking process, which means it could be months, at a minimum, before it's … Continue Reading

Lawmakers embrace significance of financial literacy

Tuesday | April 16, 2019

by Douglas Clark

Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced a resolution this week declaring April as Financial Literacy Month, highlighting the importance of learning and maintaining fiscally responsible habits. The resolution has garnered bipartisan support. "Learning healthy habits is crucial for long-term financial security," Cassidy said. "Financial Literacy Month is about giving families the tools and knowledge needed to take control of their financial futures." A Federal Deposit … Continue Reading

South Carolina Senators Graham and Scott remember former S.C. Governor and U.S. Senator Earnest Fritz Hollings.

Thursday | April 11, 2019

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“We’re open for business,” more than 100 told at Myrtle Beach investment forum

Friday | April 5, 2019

by Janet Morgan

A woman shielded her face from the rain as she ran across Ocean Boulevard lugging a bucket of cleaning supplies. She dodged a man wearing shorts rolling luggage into the Breakers Resort. "It's going to affect everybody," Lauren Clever said directing people to sit down in a trolley. "Redevelopment, or any kind of development, that comes to the area impacts everybody." Clever, the executive director the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation, acted as a tour guide to the folks on the … Continue Reading

Sen. Tim Scott writes letter to HUD to require carbon monoxide detectors inspections

Tuesday | April 2, 2019

by Jenna Kurzyna

COLUMBIA, South Carolina - (WLTX)-- South Carolina Senator Tim Scott sent a letter to HUD Secretary Ben Carson and within a few days big changes have been made in public housing. In that letter Scott asked HUD to require the federal agency to inspect public housing apartments for carbon monoxide detectors. It also noted carbon monoxide is often referred to as a silent killer. In the letter Scott also referenced the deaths of Calvin Witherspoon Junior and Derrick Roper who died from carbon … Continue Reading

Sen. Tim Scott, local leaders celebrate new legislation surrounding Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie

Friday | March 15, 2019

by Tim Renaud

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) - Senator Tim Scott was in the Lowcountry on Friday to celebrate after President Trump signed the Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historic Park Act into law this week. That legislation makes both Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie national parks instead of national monuments. The change won't affect daily operations, but leaders say it honors the free and enslaved workers who built the forts and the soldiers who defended them. Fort Sumter was previously a … Continue Reading

President Trump signs bill naming Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie national parks

Thursday | March 14, 2019

CHARLESTON, SC (WMBF) - Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie are officially national parks after President Donald Trump signed a public lands bill into law this week. Previously national monuments, the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act establishes the Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park. According to information from U.S. Sen. Tim Scott's office, the act also revamps protections and preservation of the sites and has the potential to enhance local … Continue Reading

Scott Files Bill To Help Military Families Educate Children

Friday | March 8, 2019

(Washington, DC) -- Tim Scott is behind an effort he says will help the children of military families get a quality education. The Republican senator announced yesterday that he and two colleagues filed a bill to create Military Education Savings Accounts. The bill would allow families to tap into six thousand dollars they could use for a private school, online classes, tutoring, college prep courses or other educational needs. Scott says making sure children of military members are … Continue Reading

Breaking down barriers for American military families

Thursday | March 7, 2019

Since moving to an all-volunteer force, the U.S. military has had to pay special attention to recruitment and retention. Challenges in these areas are not getting any easier. For instance, the Army missed its 2018 recruitment objective by 6,500 personnel. This is quite inauspicious, coming at a time when the Pentagon wants to increase the Army by more than 24,000 soldiers. The Air Force, faces a shortage of more than 1,200 fighter pilots - the equivalent of "a $12 billion capital loss for the … Continue Reading

Tim Scott: Why I support President Trump’s national emergency declaration

Saturday | March 2, 2019

Any American who has turned on their TV or glanced at a newspaper over the past few days and weeks knows that border security and maintaining our national sovereignty has been at the top of the news. This debate has raged for years, for decades even. But as the matter at hand has become a crisis, the actions we take now are more important than ever. National security has always been, and continues to be, one of our nation's top priorities. Some may even argue national security is the highest … Continue Reading

Latest Navy ship USS Charleston commissioned as part of reinvigorated US fleet

Saturday | March 2, 2019

by Gregory Yee

Looking up at the grey warship docked in Charleston Harbor on Saturday, Harvey Connelly beamed with pride. The Oklahoman was in the Holy City to mark the commissioning of the newest ship in the U.S. naval arsenal - the USS Charleston. Three decades ago, Connelly served aboard the last ship to bear Charleston's name. He marveled at how much ships have changed since his time at sea. "I'm impressed with the advances in technology," he said. The vessel Connelly served on from 1986 to 1990 was … Continue Reading

WATCH: Sen. Tim Scott’s Powerful Speech On Senate Floor After Democrats Refuse To Protect Born-Alive Babies

Wednesday | February 27, 2019

by Amanda Prestigiacomo

The day after Senate Democrats blocked a bill designed to protect babies born alive from botched abortion, Republican Sen. Tim Scott (SC) took to the Senate floor to address his Democrat counterparts about the intrinsic value of every child's life. "We are a nation that must continue to value life, and for some reason, somehow, this body missed that opportunity to reinforce that value system before the American public, to say each child born, no matter your state, no matter your challenges: … Continue Reading

Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Tim Scott visit Columbia, talk Opportunity Zones in the State

Thursday | February 21, 2019

by Angela Rogers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- Vice President Mike Pence talked about faith and community growth while he was in Columbia. Pence joined Senator Tim Scott to tour an opportunity zone here in the state. Opportunity Zones will soon be all across the state and the country thanks to Senator Tim Scott. Vice President Pence said this community, this state, and the nation are in his debt. "After 11 years of abandonment the Capital 8 theater is a reality and it's creating jobs, and opportunity, and energy in … Continue Reading

Vice president, Sen. Tim Scott highlight opportunity zones during Columbia visit

Thursday | February 21, 2019

by Colin Demarest

COLUMBIA - Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott on Thursday together explored one of South Carolina's many opportunity zones, drawing attention to the investment initiative the senator shepherded through Congress. The two Republicans, Scott representing South Carolina, toured an area around - and including - the Meeting Place Church of Greater Columbia, which is tucked into a northern corner of the city. In a post-tour speech, addressing a sizable crowd, both men touted … Continue Reading

VP Mike Pence plans visit to South Carolina to tour Opportunity Zones with Tim Scott

Tuesday | February 19, 2019

by Emma Dumain

WASHINGTON- Vice President Mike Pence will be in Columbia, S.C., Thursday to tour a designated "Opportunity Zone" with the program's champion, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. According to a White House official, Pence will visit "a newly-built, local movie theater" and the Meeting Place Church. Pence's trip, at Scott's invitation, will be the latest overture from within President Donald Trump's administration in support of Opportunity Zones, an initiative enacted as part of the 2017 … Continue Reading

Congressional bill would give 2 SC historic sites national park status

Monday | February 18, 2019

by Emily Williams

A new bill approved by the U.S. Senate last week would designate Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie as a national park, potentially lifting their national profiles and increasing their visibility to visitors. The measure was part of the largest federal lands package to be considered by the Senate in a decade. Combining more than 100 different bills, it also added about 1.3 million acres of protected wilderness and established five new national monuments. The bill would also give the … Continue Reading

How SC’s Tim Scott made civil rights history

Sunday | February 17, 2019

by Bristow Marchant

COLUMBIA, SC- U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina has accomplished something that other senators have tried and failed to do for more than 100 years. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the Charleston Republican's bill to make lynching a federal hate crime for the first time. "Today, the Senate sent a strong signal that this nation will not stand for the hate and violence spread by those with evil in their hearts," Scott said. "I look forward to this important legislation … Continue Reading

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