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A New Congress
Earlier this week, the 114th Congress began and with it a Republican majority in both the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. With our new role comes a number of important responsibilities to help the American people. I’m definitely humbled by this chance to help struggling middle-class South Carolinians and all Americans who are clearly frustrated by an increasing lack of opportunity, the stagnation of wages, and a government that seems incapable of performing even basic tasks.
School Choice Week
I have long been an advocate for school choice in the United States Senate because I can personally attest to the power of education in my own life. So as my first measure in the new Congress, I filed a resolution supporting “National School Choice Week.” I am proud that I was able to lead a group of senators to designate the week of January 25 through January 31, 2015 as “National School Choice Week.”
Later this month, I plan to also reintroduce my Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education (CHOICE) Act and host a significant event supporting school choice in early February. You can learn more about my resolution HERE.
Keystone XL Pipeline
I believe that approving the Keystone XL Pipeline will provide opportunity not only to address the topic of energy, but to specifically address issues faced by millions and millions of Americans – unemployment and energy poverty. Now that Republicans are in the majority, I look forward to tackling this issue head on, something the last Congress was unwilling to do. Last year, I released a white paper on energy poverty with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the new Chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Hire More Heroes
This week I also co-sponsored the “Hire More Heroes Act.” It is aimed at encouraging companies to hire more American veterans. Our brave men and women in uniform shouldn’t be hindered from good employment opportunities when they return home because of Obamacare and its burdensome mandates on employers. The Hire More Heroes Act is a common sense piece of legislation that will ensure that the healthcare our veterans receive through TRICARE or the VA is not counted toward the Obamacare employer mandate threshold, which will help encourage small businesses to hire more veterans.
Visitors from Home When I need to be in Washington for legislative duties, it is always a pleasure to see people from home. Southern hospitality reaches all the way up to Washington, D.C., and we enjoy visiting with the school groups, families, and individuals who join us for Palmetto Wednesdays or come by the office to say hello. If you will be in Washington, be sure to let us know at (202) 224-6121 and feel free to come on by!
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