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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


Sickle Cell Treatment Act of 2018 Passed in Congress, Now Awaits President’s Signature

Wednesday | December 12, 2018

On December 10, 2018, S.2465 - The Sickle Cell Disease and Other Heritable Blood Disorders Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2018 - was passed by the Congress and now moves forward for the President to sign into law. The bill represents a commitment by the government to continue much-needed research geared towards increasing the understanding of prevalence, distribution, outcomes, and therapies associated with sickle cell disease (SCD). It also reauthorizes SCD … Continue Reading


Sen. Tim Scott’s provisions in approved federal farm bill to aid SC heirs’ property owners

Wednesday | December 12, 2018

by David Slade

Tucked in the $867 billion farm bill approved by Congress this week is a provision meant to help owners of heirs' property obtain farm loans, tap in to federal programs and get assistance in resolving land ownership issues. Advocates have called the provisions co-sponsored by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., "a watershed moment" and "a game changer" for owners of heirs' property, who historically have been excluded from federal programs that assist farmers and foresters. Heirs' property is common … Continue Reading


The Significance Of Investing In Opportunity Zones

Friday | December 7, 2018

by Elie Rieder

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created quite a stir when it was first drafted and eventually passed, with all sides of the political spectrum arguing for and against the proposed changes. It is unfortunate, but commonplace now, that within Congress there are tremendous divides on just about every major issue. On taxes alone, the estate tax, pass-through business taxation, certain personal tax matters, acceptable deductions and the various waivers, each and collectively, are lauded or criticized. … Continue Reading


2018 Bloomberg 50

Friday | December 7, 2018

Senator, South Carolina - Politics Thanks to him, about 8,700 low-income census tracts are now designated as "opportunity zones," and they've become the next big investing fad as Wall Street discovers the potential tax savings. Last year, when Republicans rammed through a controversial tax package stuffed with big cuts for corporations and the wealthy, Scott's contribution to the overhaul barely drew notice. He'd managed to codify an idea that Silicon Valley luminary Sean Parker and a … Continue Reading


Analysis: Scott has ideas to help disadvantaged communities

Wednesday | December 5, 2018

Editor's Note: The following is from an interview of U.S. Sen. Tim Scott by POLITICO's chief economic correspondent. It was first published on Nov. 20 at politico.com. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) sat down with POLITICO's Chief Economic Correspondent, Ben White for a conversation about bringing development to America's most disadvantaged communities. The $100 Billion Dollar Question As the American economy has grown more unequal, with urban areas thriving and rural areas falling behind, … Continue Reading


S.C. plans Opportunity Zones Summit in January

Sunday | December 2, 2018

COLUMBIA -- Led by Gov. Henry McMaster and in partnership with the Office of U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and the Council of Development Finance Agencies, the State of South Carolina will present the Governor's Opportunity Zones Summit on Jan. 25, 2019, in Columbia. Taking place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, the full-day event will allow attendees to learn how to maximize the positive impacts of Opportunity Zones. "We're proud to partner with Sen. Scott and Gov. McMaster to … Continue Reading


One GOP senator’s plan to save rural America

Wednesday | November 28, 2018

by Ben White

A little-noticed element of the 2017 tax cut law now rolling out across the U.S. would allow investors to defer capital gains taxes for up to a decade if they invest their cash in rural and small-town communities largely left behind in the recovery from the Great Recession. And at least one Republican senator believes the program, known as Opportunity Zones, could make lives better for as many tens of millions of Americans. "In the Opportunity Zones, the poverty rate is over 30 percent," … Continue Reading


Sen. Scott on Criminal Justice Bill, China, Auto Tariffs

Tuesday | November 27, 2018

Senator Tim Scott, a South Carolina Republican, discusses the outlook for passage of criminal justice overhaul legislation, President Donald Trump's planned negotiations with China's Xi Jinping, and the impact of proposed U.S. automobile tariffs on his state. He speaks with Bloomberg's Kevin Cirilli on "Bloomberg Markets: European Close." (Source: Bloomberg) Watch full video at … Continue Reading


Charleston deepening project allocated $41M

Monday | November 26, 2018

by Liz Segrist

The S.C. Ports Authority has been allocated $41.1 million in federal funds to continue dredging work in the Charleston Harbor deepening project, which will yield the deepest harbor on the East Coast. The Army Corps of Engineers set the money aside in its Fiscal Year 19 Work Plan. The next opportunity for funding will be through President Donald Trump's budget in the first quarter of 2019. The S.C. Ports Authority is in the midst of deepening Charleston Harbor from 45 feet to 52 feet. Port … Continue Reading


The $100 Billion Question

Tuesday | November 20, 2018

by Ben White

As the American economy has grown more unequal, with urban areas thriving and rural areas falling behind, free-market Republicans have generally stayed away from the debate about potential government solutions. That is, until Tim Scott came along. Scott, the first African-American senator from South Carolina since the end of Reconstruction, grew up in working-class poverty. And he's championed essentially the only congressional effort to close this economic divide during Donald Trump's … Continue Reading


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

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