Press Releases

Ahead of Mother’s Day, Scott & Duckworth Announce Bill to Speed Up New Parents Receiving CARES Act Stimulus Checks

Friday | May 8, 2020

North Charleston, SC – U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mike Braun (R-IN) announced a bipartisan proposal to ensure more new parents quickly receive the additional $500 per child in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus payments without having to wait until 2021. 

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Scott Commends DHEC’s Plan to Increase Testing Around SC, in Nursing Homes

Wednesday | May 6, 2020

Following news from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) that COVID-19 testing will be dramatically increased across the state, including for all residents and staff at nursing homes, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the following statement.

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Scott Joins Chef José Andrés to Introduce the Bipartisan, BiCameral FEED Act

Tuesday | May 5, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02), and Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13) joined Chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen in introducing the FEMA Empowering Essential Deliveries (FEED) Act. This bill allows the Federal government to pay 100 percent of the cost to states and localities so that they can partner with restaurants and nonprofits to prepare nutritious meals for vulnerable populations, such as seniors and underprivileged children. These partnerships will support businesses and small farmers as the Coronavirus pandemic continues.

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Senate Chicken Caucus leads letter urging USDA to support chicken farmers and processors

Monday | May 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tim Scott, a member of the Senate Chicken Caucus, joined a letter to the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), led by Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), highlighting the severe impacts of COVID-19 on the U.S. chicken industry and requesting direct assistance for chicken growers and continued support for processing facilities.

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Tim Scott Leads Colleagues in Asking Treasury to Provide Relief for Opportunity Zones in the Wake of COVID-19

Monday | May 4, 2020

WASHINGTON – The 2008 financial crisis showed the entire country that low-income communities are often the first hit and last to recover during times of economic instability. Fortunately, as the United States begins to reopen this year following the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a new tool to help the most economically distressed communities: Opportunity Zones.

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Senators Scott and Jones Call for Increased Guidance and Transparency on Loan Forgiveness for Small Businesses Relief Funds

Friday | May 1, 2020

WASHINGTON– U.S. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.) are calling for increased guidance on loan forgiveness for small businesses who have applied for grants under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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Scott Presses HHS To Ramp Up Testing in Long-Term Care Facilities

Wednesday | April 29, 2020

North Charleston, SC – As reports from around the nation and world continue to show the danger of COVID-19 spread in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) today wrote letters to both U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster regarding testing plans for these providers and their patients.

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Scott, Cortez Masto Applaud FHFA Decision to Allow Federal Home Loan Banks to Accept PPP Loans as Collateral

Monday | April 27, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the decision by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to allow the nation’s eleven Federal Home Loan Banks to accept Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans as collateral on advances to their qualifying member banks. This move will allow small community banks to pledge PPP loans as collateral in order to obtain additional financing from the FHLBanks to make new loans to small business owners in their communities.

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Scott, Cortez Masto Applaud FHFA Decision to Allow Federal Home Loan Banks to Accept PPP Loans as Collateral

Monday | April 27, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the decision by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to allow the nation’s eleven Federal Home Loan Banks to accept Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans as collateral on advances to their qualifying member banks. This move will allow small community banks to pledge PPP loans as collateral in order to obtain additional financing from the FHLBanks to make new loans to small business owners in their communities.

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Senator Scott Asks South Carolina to Share Good News

Thursday | April 23, 2020

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) is looking to partner with folks across South Carolina to highlight good news amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Scott Statement on Today’s Coronavirus Relief Package

Tuesday | April 21, 2020

After the United States Senate unanimously passed a new coronavirus relief package this afternoon, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the statement below. Details on the legislation follow the Senator’s quote.

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Scott, Carper, Menendez, Tillis Urge Chinese Officials to Adjust Export Restrictions Blocking Much-Needed COVID-19 Resources from Reaching the U.S.

Monday | April 20, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) led a group of bipartisan senators in sending a letter to Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai expressing concerns about new requirements placed on coronavirus (COVID-19) testing kits and other medical supplies manufactured in China for export. The senators note that the broad restrictions have had the unintended consequence of blocking critical, high-quality medical products from reaching the United States in a timely manner. 

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Scott Joins Bipartisan Letter to HHS to Advocate for Relief for Senior Adult Communities and Health Care Workers

Thursday | April 16, 2020

WASHINGTON – Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) joined a bipartisan letter with 26 Senators to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to ensure that as HHS sets guidelines for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF), they do not overlook the providers within nursing homes, skilled nursing centers, senior living communities, independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities who are devotedly caring for our nation’s seniors, as well as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Senator Scott To Serve on Presidential Task Force on Reopening the Economy

Thursday | April 16, 2020

CHARLESTON, SC – After talking with President Donald Trump this morning, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) announced he will serve as a member of the President’s Task Force on reopening the economy. Scott released the following statement:

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Senator Scott Joins Leader McCarthy for Wall Street Journal Op-Ed: Democrats Want to Gum Up Payroll Protection

Wednesday | April 15, 2020

WASHINGTON – United States Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) joined House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) in an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal. The two members discussed the need for Congress to quickly replenish funds for the Paycheck Protection Program. The op-ed continued to explain that while Republicans stand ready to extend funding, Congressional Democrats continue to press for revisions that would make the program more costly, complicated and confusing for small businesses to receive their loans in a timely fashion.

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Senator Scott Leads Colleagues in Effort to Preserve Insurance Industry

Friday | April 10, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) today joined fellow Senate Banking Committee members Mike Crapo (R-ID), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and David Perdue (R-GA) in calling against proposals to fund recovery in other parts of the economy by changing business interruption (BI) insurance contracts that do not cover pandemics and viruses.

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Senator Scott Joins Colleagues in Urging Action to Avoid Housing Finance System Crisis Amid Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak

Wednesday | April 8, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) today joined U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) in calling for Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) to take urgent and immediate action to avoid an impending crisis in the housing finance system due to the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Scott Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators Calling on CMS to Address Medicare Program Interest Rates for Health Care Providers on Frontlines of Coronavirus Pandemic

Wednesday | April 8, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tim Scott joined a letter today with a bipartisan group of 32 senators, led by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive or modify interest rates for health care providers who’ve sought financial assistance amid the coronavirus pandemic through Medicare’s Accelerated and Advance Payments Program. This program has historically been used to expedite Medicare payments to subsets of Medicare participating providers during very limited circumstances where there is disruption in processing or submission of claims for Medicare services.

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Scott Sends Letter to HHS Regarding Reporting On Racial Disparities And Coronavirus

Tuesday | April 7, 2020

Charleston, SC – As initial reports from around the nation show COVID-19 is having a particularly harmful impact on communities of color, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar tonight on the topic.

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SCOTT, WARNER CO-LEAD BIPARTISAN LETTER TO HHS AND CMS

Friday | April 3, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Mark Warner (D-VA), members of the Senate Finance Committee, led a bipartisan letter to Secretary Azar and Administrator Verma encouraging both HHS and CMS to consider solutions to protect Medicare beneficiaries from high-risk settings and ensure safe access to care as we continue to work to combat COVID-19. 

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