WASHINGTON Today, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (RS.C.) released his 2023 State of the Union Address, highlighting his work for the people of South Carolina and efforts to advance his opportunity agenda across the country.
This year, Senator Scott introduced 24 bills, 4 resolutions and 10 amendments. 8 pieces of his legislation were partially or fully enacted this year.
The senator and his team assisted 7,320 South Carolinians with cases, an 80% increase over 2022.
Strengthening direct communication with constituents remained a priority for the senator, allowing him to send more than 82,000 letters to South Carolinians in 2023.
Through National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2024the senator championed several South Carolina legislative accomplishments, including:
- $66 million in funding for the completion of new barracks at Fort Jackson;
- $20 million in funding for the Aiken County National Guard Readiness Center;
- $4.37 million in funding to complete the National Guard Readiness Center at Joint Base Charleston;
- $7.9 million in funding for an automated multipurpose machine gun range at the McCrady Training Center in Columbia, South Carolina; and
- $2.7 billion in funding to support the Savannah River Site, including $1 billion for plutonium modernization efforts and $1.6 billion for operations and maintenance.
Senator Scott defended his commitment to US energy dominance and independence Protecting America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) from China, which would strengthen our energy security by banning the sale of American crude oil from the SPR to all companies controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and barring the export of SPR crude oil to China. Senator Scott also defended Energy Security Cooperation with Allied Partners in Europe (ESCAPE) Act weaken Russia’s ability to influence European allies by promoting energy independence.
Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
In January, Senator Scott took over as the top Republican on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. As Ranking Member, he has focused on common sense policies to create economic opportunity and grow communities across the country, including those that are often left behind. Throughout the year, Ranking Member Scott introduced 11 pieces of legislation and legislative frameworks as the committee’s Republican leader.
As the son of a single mother, Ranking member Scott grew up living with the family until they could afford to rent their own apartment, and he was only able to experience the value of an apartment later in life. That’s why he’s so dedicated to developing policies and programs that help improve housing affordability for Americans and make the American Dream a reality. Ranking member Scott posted Renewing Opportunity in the American Dream (ROAD) to Housing Acthis comprehensive legislative solution lifts families up by taking a holistic view of federal housing policy and making long-needed reforms across all segments of the U.S. housing market.
The Biden administration and its regulators have been working overtime to push progressive policies and regulate every aspect of American life. Agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have been issuing rules and proposals at a record pace, and the federal banking agency has waded into climate initiatives and other progressive priorities outside its jurisdiction. Throughout the year, Ranking Member Scott has overseen the principled Biden administration’s heavy-handed regulatory agenda, calling for transparency and fact-based analyzes of proposed rules and regulations.
Click here for a complete list of Senator Scott’s accomplishments in his first year as Republican Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
Senator Scott has worked to create pathways to provide all Americans with a quality education. To that end, he hosted the largest-ever National School Choice Week Student Rally at the US Capitol, attended by more than 300 students from 10 public charter and private schools in the DC area.
As chair of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus, Senator Scott hosted the 7th annual HBCU Fly-In to celebrate the historic accomplishments of HBCUs, highlight their tremendous contributions to the U.S. economy and workforce, and discuss ways to strengthen them in the years to come. This was the largest flight of HBCUs to date.
The senator spearheaded two bipartisan Senate resolutions – National Charter School Week and National School Choice Week, both of which passed unanimously and focused attention on critical education issues and priorities.
In an effort to protect parents’ rights and ensure that parents remain the leading decision-makers for their children, Senator Scott secured passage through the House. Act on parents’ rights to the education and care of their children (PROTECT).. All too often parents are excluded from their children’s education and the children pay the price.
Senator Scott sponsored 12 bills aimed at making American health care more consumer-friendly and market-oriented. His Initiation of meaningful patient review of multiple existing (IMPROVE) Part D provisions, which ensures that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) listens to patients who rely on Medicare Part D and makes improvements based on their feedback. The committee that passed this year was also senators Occupational Therapy Mental Health Parity Actwhich ensures that occupational therapists can provide treatment for people with substance abuse and mental health disorders.
As the Biden administration pushed radical far-left priorities, Senator Scott returned to South Carolina’s harmful health care policies and opposed two radical health care candidates. As Washington bureaucrats threatened American seniors with coverage and choice, Senator Scott led a bipartisan group of 61 senators calling for Medicare Advantage to be protected for the nearly 30 million older adults and people with disabilities enrolled in the program. The senator also worked with Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee to help block the Biden administration’s proposed drastic cuts to the Medicare Advantage program.
As in everything he does, Senator Scott is focused on making sure Washington bureaucrats work hard for the American people. In addition to officially launching another investigation into state waste, Senator Scott received a report from a previously launched investigation into deficiencies in the Medicaids Recovery Audit Contractor Program, which was created to identify and correct state overpayments and underpayments.
Restoration of law and order
During this year, both South Carolinians and Americans have seen spikes in crime and an increase in illegal border crossings. In an effort to restore law and order, the senator has supported legislation to curb immigration, strengthen police funding, curb federal government overreach, and combat human trafficking.
The senator introduced Alan T. Shao II Fentanyl Public Health Emergency and Overdose Prevention Act and Secure the 2023 Border Actand supported Back the Blue Act 2023, Murder for Deadly Fentanyl Distribution Act 2023, Combatting Violent and Dangerous Crime Act, Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, Keep Our Border Agents Paid Act, Securing Our Border Act and Stop Fentanyl Border Crossings Act.
To combat the growing fentanyl crisis in America, Senator Scott, as a member of the Senate Banking Committee, wrote and introduced FEND Off Fentanyl Act. Targeting every part of the illegal fentanyl supply chain, from chemical suppliers in China to manufacturers in Mexico and the cartels that smuggle the deadly drug across our border, this bill aims to stifle the source of income for synthetic opioid traffickers and stop deadly fentanyl from entering the United States. The FEND Off Fentanyl Act was unanimously voted out of the Senate Banking Committee and earned 66 Senate cosponsors. It was included in the Senate version National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
National Security and Foreign Affairs
This year, Senator Scott joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy. Throughout the year, the senator championed policies that strengthen America’s national security, support our allies, and counter our adversaries.
Following the October 7 attack on Israel by Iran’s proxy Hamas, Senator Scott stood by the Middle East’s biggest ally and introduced as a member of the Senate Banking Committee Repeal of the Iran Finance Act, a bill that would permanently freeze $6 billion released to Iran by the Biden administration and order the Treasury Secretary to provide an accounting of all valuable Iranian assets currently blocked by U.S. sanctions. To prevent Iran from financing further attacks against the United States and our allies, Senator Scott also called for his Enforce the Iran Sanctions Act expand sanctions on Iran’s energy and weapons financing and limit the regime’s ability to develop its nuclear program and finance destabilizing activities. Before and after the Oct. 7 attack, the senator led dozens of his Republican colleagues in holding the administration accountable for its dangerous Iran policies. In addition, Senator Scott helped write the op-ed to prevent US tax dollars from falling into the hands of Hamas and counter any malign influence in our foreign policy institutions. Stop supporting the Hamas law and Security Notification Act of the Ministry of Foreign Affairssome of which were signed into law in the FY24 NDAA.
To combat the CCP’s efforts to steal Americans’ information and infiltrate our institutions, Senator Scott introduced Know the App Act require app stores to display the country where the app was developed and provide users with the ability to filter out apps that are of concern. In addition, the Senate voted unanimously to include Senator Scott’s amendment regarding the impact of the Chinese military on US higher education in the FY24 NDAA. Senator Scott secured additional language in the NDAA to require the State Department to explore innovative ways to fill long-term vacancies at US embassies around the world, improving our ability to counter China’s growing influence. The senator also supported a provision in the NDAA to end China’s unfair advantage in the international system by revoking its status as a developing country.
Senator Scott also chaired the Senate Banking Committee Protect Our Bases Actlegislation to help prevent China from buying land near sensitive military, intelligence and national laboratories.
This year, the NDAA was also passed into law by senators John Lewis Civil Rights Fellowship Actwhich establishes a grant program of the same name at the State Department to study nonviolent civil rights movements abroad.
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