January 26, 2024

Dear Friend,

Welcome back to my Week in Review newsletter. Please remember to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube for regular updates on how I am serving the people of South Carolina!

This week was National School Choice Week – one of my favorite times of the year! There is nothing I love more than celebrating the power of educational freedom. As I held my annual School Choice Reception for parents and kids and visited with charter school students in South Carolina, it was a joy to see the impact these policies have on generations of Americans. School choice is the key that unlocks the American Dream – providing children with the quality education they need to break barriers and succeed in life.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. 

Proverbs 31:8-9 

The Week In Review

Celebrating National School Choice Week


Watch the recap video of my Orange Grove Charter School visit here

Too many kids across America are locked into failing schools simply because they live in the “wrong” zipcode. However, educational freedom has empowered millions to go to a good school that fits their needs and realizes their boundless potential. 

To kick off National School Choice Week, I visited Orange Grove Charter School in Charleston, South Carolina. It was a joy to see how its students are enjoying the benefits of school choice as they thrive in an environment that pushes them academically and prepares them to succeed in life.

Read more about my visit to Orange Grove Charter School here.

Welcoming School Choice Champions to the Capitol



Watch the school choice event video here

As co-chair of the Congressional School Choice Caucus, I was honored to welcome over one hundred school choice champions to the United States Capitol, including students, parents and leaders of the educational freedom movement. Their fight to provide every kid with a choice has helped millions receive the chance to get a quality education. It was a joy to visit with these heroes and express my gratitude for all they have done to help every child live out their version of the American Dream. 

Read more about their visit to the U.S. Capitol here

Leading the School Choice Resolution

As co-chair of the Congressional School Choice Caucus, I was joined by co-chair Congressman John Moolenaar in leading a resolution designating January 21 through January 27, 2024, as National School Choice Week. 

Growing up in a single-parent household, I was raised in poverty, going to four different schools by the 5th grade. It was only by the grace of God and my mama's faith that I broke out of the cycle of poverty. Not every kid is that lucky. That’s why I fight every day to make sure every kid in America has the opportunity to get a good education – we cannot leave their future to chance. 

Read more about our National School Choice Week resolution here

Helping South Carolina and America Navigate Flooding



Watch my full opening statement here.

During this week’s Senate Banking Committee hearing, I called for federal policies that allow for local, innovative solutions to flood preparedness and mitigation. I spent over two decades in the insurance business in South Carolina helping families rebuild and recover after their homes had flooded. My legislation, the Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act will help cities and towns across the state plan for and lower their risk of flooding, giving families the chance to recover without fear of losing their home once again. As the top Republican on the committee, I highlighted how this legislation encourages flood-prone communities to take preventative action and end the costly cycle of repeated flooding and rebuilding.

Read more about the Banking hearing here

Making Waves

WCIV: Sen. Tim Scott emphasizes school choice during Lowcountry elementary school visit

As we celebrate National School Choice Week, I’m sharing this story from WCIV detailing the opportunity I had to visit Orange Grove Charter School and share the power of educational freedom. 

Reporting for WCIV, Webb Wright writes, “Sen. Scott joined State Superintendent Ellen Weaver on a tour of Orange Grove Charter School to highlight school choice week, meeting with students, faculty and staff. ‘The quality of your education should not be defined by your zip code,’ Scott said. ‘When we bring school choice to the poorest quarters of the state, it is good for the nation, but it's really good for South Carolina.’" 

Read the full article from WCIV here.  

Fox News: Critics bash SCOTUS decision allowing feds to cut razor Texas installed to stem illegal border crossings

This week, we witnessed the Biden administration refuse to enforce immigration laws and stop illegal immigrants from crossing into our country. I’m highlighting two stories below, detailing my pushback against the White House’s broken border policy, which has fueled the fentanyl crisis and sex trafficking at the border while draining resources from vulnerable communities.

Reporting for Fox News, Bradford Betz writes, “Critics are heaping scorn on a Supreme Court decision Monday allowing Border Patrol agents to cut razor wire that Texas had installed to stem the tide of illegal crossings. Texas had installed the roughly 30 miles of concertina wire along a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border near Eagle Pass. The razor wire had been at the center of an escalating standoff between the Biden administration and the state over immigration enforcement. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina blamed the Biden administration’s policies for creating the ‘illegal immigration crisis.’”

Read the full article from Fox News here.  

Daily Wire: Over 96,000 ‘Known Gotaways’ At Southern Border Since October: Report

Reporting for the Daily Wire, Mairead Elordi writes, “In December, border authorities reportedly encountered more than 302,000 migrants at the border, the highest monthly total ever, CBP sources told Fox News. ‘We don’t know where these people are coming from, where they’re going, what they’re carrying or if they’re terrorists,’ Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) posted on X on Wednesday, reacting to the new gotaway numbers.”

Read the full article from the Daily Wire here.  

Palmetto State Pride

This week, I’m spilling the sweet tea on Katha Williams, one of our post office workers right here in South Carolina. Katha has spent 30 years delivering mail, and our community couldn’t be more proud of her service. I’m wishing her the best as she heads into a well-deserved retirement! 

Read more about Ms. Williams here!

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