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Senate Passes Bill from Sens. Scott, Coons to Strengthen Partnerships between HBCUs and Federal Agencies

Thursday | February 14, 2019

The U.S. Senate passed legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) less than one week ago that will strengthen partnerships between federal agencies and the country's more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The legislation is likely to soon pass the House of Representatives and could become law within the coming weeks. The HBCU Propelling Agency Relationships Towards a New Era of Results for Students (HBCU PARTNERS) Act is … Continue Reading

Sen. Tim Scott, Lowcountry Republicans honor African-Americans during Black History Month

Sunday | February 10, 2019

by Kate Mosso

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Charleston County Republicans honored African Americans Friday at their 2nd Annual Black History Month celebration. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott joined members of the GOP to celebrate African-American leaders in the Lowcountry. Pastor Eric Manning of Mother Emanuel AME Church gave the keynote address. "The importance [is] making sure there's no place for hate, and also sharing the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation." Sen. Scott said the forgiveness … Continue Reading

Senator Tim Scott and bipartisan members of Congress reveal a new HBCU initiative

Wednesday | February 6, 2019

by Daris Schneider-Bray

Today, South Carolina Senator, Tim Scott joined bipartisan members of Congress to celebrate Historically Black Colleges and Universities.During the "Fly In" event, Senator Scott and Delaware Senator Chris Coons unveiled their "PARTNERS ACT" (Propelling Agency Relationships Towards a New Era of Results for Students). The Act aims to strengthen HBCUs and help to build on President Trump's 2017 executive order on helping many first generation and low income students. "Today was a great way to … Continue Reading

There are opportunities in opportunity zones

Monday | February 4, 2019

by William Small

Opportunity zones are taking the real estate world by storm. As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 passed by Congress and signed by the president in December 2017, the Opportunity Zone legislation creates compelling tax incentives to invest in designated low-income areas of the country to create real estate development and job growth. The driving forces behind the Opportunity Zone legislation were an unlikely group of philanthropists consisting of Sean Parker of Napster and Facebook … Continue Reading

Sen. Scott pushes for ‘opportunity zones’ to help underprivileged communities

Saturday | January 26, 2019

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - On Friday, Senator Tim Scott was in Columbia as the keynote speaker for Gov. Henry McMaster's Summit on Opportunity Zones. These areas, according to Sen. Scott, would help enrich underprivileged communities in rural and urban parts of the state. Scott said opportunity zones would bring generate revenue for investors and create jobs and development for those communities that need them. "For folks who grew up or are growing up in distressed communities, this means the … Continue Reading

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott explains what is an Opportunity Zone

Friday | January 25, 2019

by Tom Barton

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott R-North Charleston, and S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster discuss efforts to revitalize poor communities under new federal opportunity zone legislation. Watch full video … Continue Reading

They ‘literally stared death in the face.’ SC sheriffs recognize York Co. officers

Friday | January 25, 2019

by Hannah Smoot

YORK COUNTY, SC York County deputies and state law enforcement officers were awarded the Medal of Valor for their actions the night of Jan. 15, 2018, when four officers were shot, one fatally. The officers recognized Thursday by South Carolina Sheriff's Association were: York County Sheriff's Office's Lt. Heath Clevenger, Lt. Mike Ligon, Sgt. Buddy Brown, Sgt. Randy Clinton, Sgt. Grady Gonzales, Det. Mike Doty, Det. Chris Laurencio, and Deputy II Cole Greene; Clover Police Department's … Continue Reading

South Carolina lawmakers celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., remember his message

Monday | January 21, 2019

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, Lowcountry Rep. Joe Cunningham, and Sen. Tim Scott all released statements on Monday acknowledging and celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., who would have been 90 this year.Gov. McMaster asked everyone to remember Dr. King's "vision of treating all people equally, with respect and dignity."Rep. Joe Cunningham said Americans should look to Dr. King as a guide, while the nation goes through "this time of major contention."Sen. Tim … Continue Reading

Opportunity Zones Offer Powerful Potential For Investors And Communities

Monday | January 14, 2019

by Joshua Pollard

In December of 2017, when President Trump's thousand-page Tax Cuts and Jobs Act went into effect, it included a short, unassuming piece of bipartisan legislation that quietly flew under the radar. It was no surprise that the Investing in Opportunity Act didn't receive much attention, initially, surfacing at a time when the nation was gripped by more intriguing political news. But now, over a year later, it is finally receiving the buzz it deserves. The Opportunity Zone program offers … Continue Reading

Sen. Scott on trade talks with China, impact of government shutdown, response to Steve King's comment on white supremacy

Monday | January 14, 2019

Republican member of the Senate Banking and Finance Committees Sen. Tim Scott urges Democrats to return to Washington and fund border security. Watch full video … Continue Reading

‘The gold standard for college football.’ Graham, U.S. Senate sound off on Clemson win

Friday | January 11, 2019

by Emily Bohatch

As members of the Senate work to end the government shut down, they found some time to give a shout out to South Carolina's National Championship winning team. Senators gathered Friday to pass a resolution congratulating Clemson's football team for their Monday night win, according to a statement from Sen. Lindsey Graham's office. The resolution detailed the team's accomplishments during the game in Santa Clara, including totaling 482 yards across 63 plays, finishing with a perfect season … Continue Reading

Tim Scott: Why are Republicans accused of racism? Because we’re silent on things like this.

Friday | January 11, 2019

by Tim Scott

Over the past two years, Republicans have focused on spreading opportunity, and it has paid dividends: From the creation of opportunity zones in some of our nation's most distressed communities to amazing job-creation statistics and low unemployment rates, there's no doubt that the future is brightening for many Americans. However, we are often still struggling when it comes to civility and fairness. This was driven home once again Thursday as Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) wondered aloud: "White … Continue Reading

Sen Scott Committee Assignments

Friday | January 4, 2019

WASHINGTON-United States Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) has been named to five committees for the 116th Congress, including the Committee on Finance, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). "I have been blessed to represent the best state in the nation, and serve on some of the most important committees during my time in the United States Senate. This Congress is no different. I look forward to working alongside my new and … Continue Reading

Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Making Lynching a Federal Crime

Thursday | December 20, 2018

by Mihir Zaveri

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill that would, for the first time, explicitly make lynching a federal crime. "For over a century, members of Congress have attempted to pass some version of a bill that would recognize lynching for what it is: a bias-motivated act of terror," Senator Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat who introduced the bill, said in a statement. "Today, we have righted that wrong and taken corrective action that recognizes this stain on our country's … Continue Reading

Sen. Tim Scott: Passage of First Step Act a victory for criminal justice reform

Thursday | December 20, 2018

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) - Republican senator Tim Scott is counting the recent passage of new legislation as a win for criminal justice reform. On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed the First Step Act, a bipartisan effort aimed at curbing recidivism and, in Scott's words, aiding those behind bars by helping them transition back into civilian life. Scott, the junior senator from South Carolina, was an original cosponsor of the bill. "Today the Senate took a great step forward in building … Continue Reading

SC Sen. Tim Scott’s bill making lynching a federal hate crime passes Senate

Thursday | December 20, 2018

by Caitlin Byrd

More than a century after an anti-lynching bill was first proposed by a black congressman, the Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill that would make lynching a federal hate crime. Introduced this summer by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and two Democratic colleagues, Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California, the bill defines lynching as the "willful act of murder by a collection of people assembled with the intention of committing an act of violence upon any … Continue Reading

Landmark criminal justice reform

Wednesday | December 19, 2018

The U.S. Senate took a major step toward prison and sentencing reform Tuesday night with the passage of the First Step Act. The welcome and much-needed changes represent the most sweeping revamp of the federal criminal justice system in decades. The measure garnered strong bipartisan support as both Republicans and Democrats understood the need for an overhaul of the federal criminal justice system. The bill now heads to the House, where it also has the backing of both parties. President … Continue Reading

Senator Tim Scott Talks About Victory For Criminal Justice Reform

Wednesday | December 19, 2018

Watch full video at the link below! The White House claimed a major legislative victory after the Senate on Tuesday night overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill backed by President Trump. Lawmakers approved the bill 87-12, after defeating three amendments pushed by conservative Republicans. The measure now goes to the House, where it is expected to be approved quickly. Its passage would mark a significant win for Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared … Continue Reading

Farm Bill OK gives S.C. position on U.S. peanut board

Thursday | December 13, 2018

The South Carolina Peanut Parity Act has been approved as part of the 2018 Farm Bill OK'd by Congress. Sponsored in the Senate by South Carolina Republican U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, and in the House by 2nd District Republican Rep. Joe Wilson, the act will put an individual from South Carolina on the Peanut Standards Board at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The legislation will now go to President Donald Trump's desk, where it is expected to be signed into … Continue Reading

Trump creates council to boost 'opportunity zones' in depressed areas

Wednesday | December 12, 2018

by Steven Nelson

President Trump created a new White House council on Wednesday to help economically depressed areas, including the "opportunity zones" created by last year's tax reform legislation. Trump signed an executive order creating the Opportunity and Revitalization Council alongside a group including Democratic activist Van Jones and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. It will be led byHousing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. He called the council a "very big thing" and said it would feature "efforts … Continue Reading

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