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U.S. Rep. Tom Rice Honored with Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence


Washington, D.C., October 14, 2014 – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has awarded Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC-07) the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. The award is based on his votes in the 113th Congress on issues that are critical to manufacturing in the United States. “Manufacturers in South Carolina and throughout the United States are making a comeback, creating jobs, making more products and making them better than ever before,” said NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse. “However, manufacturers are often disproportionately impacted by decisions made by policymakers in Washington. The NAM is proud to stand with lawmakers like Rep. Rice who understand what is at stake and seek to implement policies that will foster innovation, growth and competitiveness.” Key Votes included in the Voting Record are selected by small, medium and large manufacturing executives who serve on the NAM’s Key Vote Advisory Committee. Additional information on the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence can be found here. -NAM- The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.08 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for two-thirds of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit Read More

Florence symposium focuses on economic development


Members of the South Carolina Congressional delegation continue to listen to and provide feedback to the business community of the Pee Dee, with U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., participating Friday in an economic development symposium. Rice reiterated his talking points on increasing America’s competitiveness in the global economy as well as continuing to bring jobs to his Congressional district, which spans the Pee Dee and Grand Strand. Some major business leaders, however, voiced concern over filling jobs because of a lacking skilled labor force. “My goal is to give skills to the people that are already here,’ Rice said. “We have a workforce that has suffered from industry from leaving our shores. Thank goodness we have facilities like the one we’re standing in right now, SiMT. Admittedly we have not kept up, but we’re ramping up.” The French yacht builder Beneteau has called Marion its home away from home since 1986, when it located its first U.S. production facility outside of the country and in the Pee Dee, an area with the feel of rural France that was on the Eastern Seaboard, near an Interstate highway, between New York and Miami, executives said. However, senior level supervisor Rick Pease said in a presentation that a skilled labor force is one of the company’s biggest challenges at the site. “From a business point of view, we’re getting competition from the rest of the world,” Rice said. “How can we compete when we do not see the top applicants of the pool? It takes up to 40 conversations to make one hire. We don’t see the competitive edge with these applicants. They may be passing the requirements to graduate, but they are not prepared to enter the workplace.” The luxury yacht company has churned out more than 8,000 yachts since opening and 250 boats in the past fiscal year at the Marion site where 167 full-time and temps are employed. “Big boats being a true luxury item, we were hit very hard with this Great Recession,” Pease said. “So it takes a long time for our business to recover, yet we feel that we are on a continually improving track.” Beneteau isn’t alone in finding quality talent in the area. AVM Industries General Manager Mike Putinta looks out of state to attract talent and has difficulties even filling production jobs for the automotive manufacturer site in Marion. The company supplies automakers such as General Motors, Toyota and Honda with specialized gas springs. Putinta said future innovation and growth are dependent on a strong workforce to replace veteran employees. “We got a definite need right now for skilled tradesmen,” Putinta said. “I have jobs that go unfilled, that pay very well, for months because I can’t find the people. I have an $85,000 controls engineer job that I can’t fill locally; sad to say I’ll have to recruit from up north.” Rodney Berry, economic development director with Rice’s office, explained that the frank discussion from businesses was what he wanted the 100-plus crowd of the economic development community to hear. “Our theme is how to be competitive and what makes us competitive,” Berry said. “But I asked these folks to be very candid on our downfalls. We’re not going to get a lot of fluff. I hope you folks take note and let’s work on those.” Florence’s most recent corporate addition is Ruiz Foods, locating in the old Heinz facility, where up to 500 employees are expected to work within the next two years. Senior human resources manager Darryl Davids said the company won’t be in a full hiring frenzy until next year but plans to attract employees to the food manufacturing facility through high wages and strong benefits. “You’re not going to get the kind of people that you desire to have and you want long term if (wages are) going to be down here,” Davids said. “You need to pay livable wages, and we certainly intend to do that. We’ve got a great benefits package, by the way. Having worked at GE, they compare.” However Davids admits the site’s new general manager, who has a background with food giant ConAgra, will be coming from Houston. BY GAVIN JACKSON Morning Read More

Congressman Rice Announces October Veterans Events


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) today announced five “Veterans Coffee with Your Congressman” events for the month of October.  These informal meetings provide veterans with an opportunity to discuss recently passed legislation, veterans’ benefits, and other federal issues with their Congressman.  South Carolina Association of County Veterans Affairs Officers will be present at nearly all of the events and available to answer questions about local veteran’s issues and health care. Representatives from Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Hospital and Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center have also been invited to attend the meetings.  Each event is open to all Seventh District veterans, veterans’ family members, advocates, and members of the media.  Light refreshments will be served.   WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22 Little River  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 10804  111 Highway 57 North  Little River, SC 29566 Volunteer with Veterans 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Veterans Welcome Home & Resource Center  421 Highway 57 South Little River, SC 29566 Conway 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Conway Senior Center  1519 Mill Pond Road Conway, SC 29527 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 Murrells Inlet  9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  American Legion Post 178  3950 Highway 17 Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 Georgetown   11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. American Legion Post 114 715 Church Street Georgetown, SC 29440 Florence  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3181 236 S. Greer Road  Florence, SC 29506 Read More

Rep. Rice: Multi-County Investment Brings Jobs and Optimism to District


Florence, S.C.—Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07) released the following statement today in regards to the expansion of Harbor Freight Tools and their $60 million dollar investment in South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District:“I was thrilled to learn that Harbor Freight Tools has decided to expand in our district.  This is good news for everyone- for Dillon County, Marion County, Marlboro County, the 7th district, and for South Carolina.   This $60 million dollar investment in our community is a multi-county initiative and will create as many as 200 jobs, will spur economic growth, and bring an influx of capital to the district.  I am proud to represent a right-to-work state that is consistently attracting new business and will continue to do so because South Carolinians, our business community, and our state’s leaders all share the same free market values. “I will continue to encourage our pro-business climate and will continue to do everything I can to grow our community, create more jobs, and attract new business because when one community thrives, the entire state thrives.  Thank you Harbor Freight Tools for your investment in Dillon, Marlboro, and Marion Counties; in our district; and in our state.” Read More

Rep. Rice’s Statement on the State of the Union Address


Washington, DC- Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07), issued the following statement on the President’s State of the Union Address today.“It is no surprise that President Obama delivered another lofty, grandiose speech tonight,” said Rice.  “The President is a gifted orator, and we have heard this type of rhetoric in every one of his State of the Union Addresses, but we have had enough rhetoric.  It is time for leadership.”“In his 2009 address to the nation, the President vowed to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term – last year we had a $1.1 trillion deficit,” Rice said.  “In his 2010 address, Obama pledged that ObamaCare would allow Americans to keep their health insurance – earlier this month the Congressional Budget Office estimated that seven million Americans will be forced off their employer-based insurance due to ObamaCare.  Then, in 2011, the President assured us that he would get rid of regulations that hurt job growth – but in 2012, over-reaching federal bureaucrats added more than $236 billion in new regulations.  Finally, in last year’s address, Obama assured us that he would work to develop every source of American energy – the EPA’s proposed regulations on Coal Ash will cost more than $75 billion and countless jobs due to the closure of more than 300 coal power plants.” Read More

Rep. Rice Appointed Transportation Subcommittees


Washington, DC- Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07), was appointed by Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (PA-09) today to the following Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittees: Subcommittee on Highways and Transit; Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment; and the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.  The Transportation & Infrastructure Committee will meet later today to formally approve Rep. Rice’s subcommittee assignments.“I am pleased that Chairman Shuster appointed me to subcommittees that will have a direct impact on some of the most vital infrastructure issues in the Seventh Congressional District,” said Rice.  “Serving on the Subcommittees on Highway and Transit, Water Resources and Environment, and Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, I will have a seat at the table to fight for the greatest infrastructure needs – I-73 and dredging of the Georgetown Port – in our district.”“I look forward to working with Congressman Rice on the Committee,” said Chairman Shuster.  “I know that South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, like the nation, depends on an effective and efficient transportation network.  I know Tom will be a tireless advocate as Congress works to address our critical infrastructure needs.”“I am eager to work with Chairman Shuster on projects that are paramount to our nation’s competitiveness and will fight to make sure the infrastructure needs for the 7th District are addressed,” concluded Rice.Subcommittee on Highways and Transit The Subcommittee on Highways and Transit has responsibility for the development of national surface transportation policy, construction and improvement of highway and transit facilities, implementation of safety and research programs, and regulation of commercial motor vehicle operations.  Within this scope of responsibilities, the Subcommittee has jurisdiction over many U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) programs.The foremost legislative product of the Subcommittee is the reauthorization of the Federal surface transportation programs.  The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)—the latest reauthorization of these programs—was enacted in the summer of 2012.  MAP-21 reauthorizes Federal surface transportation programs through September 30, 2014, and builds on the foundation established by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21) enacted in 1998, and the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) enacted in 2005.  This legislation represents an investment in the nation’s infrastructure that translates into safer travel, more efficient commerce, faster project approval and delivery, and the creation of thousands of jobs.Issues and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee include:Federal-aid highway and Federal transit programsHighway and transit project planning and developmentFederal Highway Administration (FHWA)Federal Transit Administration (FTA)Motor carrier and highway safety regulationFederal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)Highway safety research and highway safety grants to statesNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)Surface transportation research, administered by FHWA, FTA, and FMCSA, and coordinated through the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA)Security and enforcement responsibilities of the above agencies, particularly FTA and FMCSAThe Clean Air Act, certain provisions relating to air quality issuesSubcommittee on Water Resources and Environment The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment consists generally of matters relating to water resources development, conservation and management, water pollution control and water infrastructure, and hazardous waste cleanup.  A number of agencies administer programs that address one or more of these issues; two agencies in particular, the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), oversee the larger programs of concern to the Subcommittee.Through its Civil Works Program, the Corps constructs projects for the purposes of navigation, flood control, beach erosion control and shoreline protection, hydroelectric power, recreation, water supply, environmental protection, restoration and enhancement, and fish and wildlife mitigation.EPA has the primary responsibility for carrying out the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, commonly known as the Clean Water Act.  This act provides for a major federal/state program to protect, restore, and maintain the quality of the nation’s waters. Although EPA is responsible for carrying out the Act, significant parts of the program may be administered by the states if approved by EPA.Issues and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee includeWater resources programs of the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)Clean Water ActSuperfund (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act)Water infrastructure and watershed protection programsEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA)Brownfields programOcean dumpingOil pollution of navigable waters of the United StatesTennessee Valley Authority (TVA)Saint Lawrence Seaway Development CorporationSmall watershed program of the Natural Resources Conservation ServiceDeepwater portsInvasive/aquatic nuisance speciesCoastal pollution and coastal zone managementNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)Natural resource damages provisions in Superfund and the Oil Pollution ActGroundwater protectionWater resources policySubcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation has jurisdiction over the activities of the United States Coast Guard, including its duties, organization, functions, personnel, the Coast Guard Academy, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.The Coast Guard enforces the laws of the United States on waters under U.S. jurisdiction and on the high seas.  The service’s many missions include search and rescue, illegal drug and migrant interdiction, oil spill prevention and response, maritime safety and security, maintaining aids to navigation, icebreaking, and enforcement of U.S. fisheries and marine pollution laws.The Subcommittee also has jurisdiction over regulation of ocean shipping and the merchant marine, except as it relates to national security.Issues and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee include:United States Coast GuardMaritime transportation safetyNavigation, port and waterway safetyMaritime transportation regulatory activities, including the regulation of vessels and merchant seaman,State boating safety programsMarine environmental protection, generally as related to vessel operations (oil and plastics pollution, invasive/aquatic nuisance species transported by vessels, international agreements concerning transportation of oil and hazardous substances)Port securityFederal Maritime Commission and the regulation of ocean shippingThe Jones Act (United States cabotage laws governing shipping of goods and passengers between any two points in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone)Non-national security aspects of the merchant marineFor more information, visit ### Read More

Rep. Rice witnesses 57th Presidential Inauguration


Washington, DC- Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07), issued the following statement today after President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took their oaths of office on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol today, marking the 57th Presidential Inaugural Swearing-in Ceremony.“It was a privilege to witness one of our country’s most revered ceremonies today,” said Rice. “Since 1789, Americans have gathered to observe our country’s peaceful transition of power which is paramount to maintaining the freedoms we hold dear.  I congratulate the Obama and Biden families and wish them well throughout their next term.”“As the President took his Oath of Office with his children by his side today, I am reminded of why we are here in Washington,” Rice said.  “We are here to fight for a better tomorrow for our children, grandchildren, and generations to come.  I look forward to working with the President and Vice President on bipartisan solutions to solve Washington’s biggest problems, so future generations will have every opportunity to achieve the American Dream.”### Read More

Rep. Rice: Mr. President, we cannot afford continued deficit spending


Washington, DC- Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07), issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s press conference. “I find it interesting that President Obama says that the debt ceiling shouldn’t be used to negotiate reductions in deficit spending,” said Rice.  “When then Senator Obama was asked to raise the debt ceiling he refused to do so, saying that an increase in the debt ceiling constituted ‘a sign of leadership failure.’”"Once again, the President has shown a failure in his leadership by refusing to discuss spending cuts or outline any sensible solutions to remedy our financial situation," Rice said.  "Instead, he demanded another blank check from American taxpayers.  When will the President realize that we cannot afford to kick this fiscal can any further down the road.  Washington’s reckless spending habits threaten the future of this country and I will not stand by and allow the Democratic majority in Washington to keep piling debt onto our children and grandchildren."   Read More

Rice wants a debt reduction plan from Congress


The swearing-in ceremony for new Congressman Tom Rice, R-S.C., and other members of the 113th U.S. House began about noon Thursday, Rice said late Thursday afternoon, with the formal oath-taking happening about 3 p.m.In the two hours after that, Rice took his first four votes as the first representative of South Carolina’s new 7th Congressional District. The first, he said, was to vote for the reelection of John Boehner as Speaker of the House. The other three involved House rules.The vote on Boehner was closer than Rice thought it would be. The overall experience? “I’m in awe of the responsibility,” he said. “I’m in awe of the honor, of the privilege of representing the 7th District.”.The Sun News asked Rice several questions. His answers:1. If you had been in the 112th Congress, how would you have voted on the fiscal cliff compromise?I would have voted against it. This fiscal cliff is just the latest in a series of continuing “emergencies” that will continue until we address the underlying issues, the major one being overspending. The problem with what we’re doing by just being totally reactionary is that we have no plan. People don’t know what to plan on. Until we do that, I think business is going to be at a stalemate.2. The current debt ceiling will need to be raised by March or federal budgets must be cut to keep the debt within the current limit. Do you support raising the debt ceiling, cutting federal budgets or something else?I’m not going to vote to raise the debt ceiling until we have a credible plan in place to get our spending under control. Congress and the president didn’t take the time available to work on this plan in the last 1 1/2 years because there was an election coming up. I hope we can get out of that phase and get into a more proactive phase.3. The fiscal cliff compromise delays mandated federal budget cuts - sequestration - until March. What do you think should be done?I think we need to find ways to cut our spending. The Republican Congress has passed alternative cuts. We’ll have to look at that pretty hard and figure out what we can do.4. An August poll by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal found that 82 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing. That is an all-time high. Do you see that improving in the next two years and why or why not?It’s not just Congress. It’s the president. As long as people focus on political things instead of what’s important to the country, I don’t see numbers improving.This article was authored by Steve Jones and originally appeared in The Sun News on January 3, 2013.   Read More

Rep. Rice Named Small Business Subcommittee Chairman


Washington, DC- House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today named Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), Chairman of the Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Subcommittee for the 113th Congress.“As a businessman and tax attorney, Congressman Rice is a great fit for the Committee, and I’m very happy to welcome him,” Graves said. “Small business owners are facing major challenges, and it’s a real benefit that Tom Rice has the knowledge and background to contribute from day one.”The Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Subcommittee evaluates the operation of the financial markets in the United States and their ability to provide needed capital to small businesses.  In addition, the Subcommittee reviews federal programs, especially those overseen by the SBA, aimed at assisting entrepreneurs in obtaining needed capital.  Since tax policy plays an integral role in access to capital, this Committee also examines the impact of federal tax policies on small businesses.“I am honored to receive the appointment as Chairman of the Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Subcommittee,” said Rice. “As a tax attorney for 28 years and small business owner, I understand the challenges entrepreneurs encounter when launching a new business venture.  Together, my colleagues and I will work to limit government overreach, enact serious tax reform, and lower the cost of doing business in America, so our small business owners—America’s economic engine—can compete in our economy and the global marketplace.”  Read More

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A resident of Horry County since the age of 4, Tom Rice has a deeply rooted connection to the Grand Strand and Pee Dee areas. Tom entered Congress with a commitment to spur economic development, a drive to implement real tax and spending reform, and a passionate belief that limited government will better serve the needs and growth of the Seventh Congressional District of South Carolina by protecting its unique entrepreneurial spirit.

Tom serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee where he will have the opportunity to continue the work he started as County Council Chairman, striving to bring more state and federal support for infrastructure to the district. Tom also serves on the Small Business Committee and the Committee on the Budget. In these capacities, he will use his experience as an accountant and knowledge as a businessman to implement policy to spend fewer taxpayer dollars.

After graduating from high school in Myrtle Beach, Tom attended the University of South Carolina where he earned a Masters in accounting and a law degree. Tom then went to work for the worldwide accounting and consulting firm Deloitte & Touche in Charlotte and earned his CPA certificate. In 1985, Tom returned to his home town of Myrtle Beach to practice Tax Law with the Van Osdell Law Firm, and in 1997 he established his own practice- the Rice & MacDonald Law Firm.

Before being elected to United States Congress in November 2012, Tom was the Chairman of Horry County Council where his main focus was on job creation. By reviving the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, Tom increased jobs in the area through his ability to build consensus with county council and community leaders. Tom worked to implement an effective government by strengthening the council’s relationship with the various municipalities and legislators in order to develop a more unified strategy. Under Tom’s leadership, Horry County Council put in place a lean Six Sigma plan for quality, customer service and efficiency that is still thriving today. Tom strived to shape Horry County Council into a more efficient governing body focused on constituent service. He plans to further that charge in the United States Congress, working towards a more efficient federal government.

Tom has been fortunate to serve his community through many charitable and civic organizations including the Myrtle Beach Haven Homeless Shelter (President), Boy Scouts, Grand Strand Sertoma Club (Secretary, President), Ocean View Foundation (President), Trinity Episcopal Church (Vestry), YMCA, and York Place. He has had the opportunity to sit on several community advisory boards as well, from the Horry County Probate Court Advisory Committee and the Myrtle Beach Board of Zoning Variances (Chairman), to the Blue Ribbon Committee to Study Emergency Services for the City of Myrtle Beach, and the SC Department of Natural Resources Conservation Education & Communication Advisory Board. Tom also participated in Leadership Grand Strand VIII- a community education initiative designed to develop future business leaders for the coastal area.

Tom has been the recipient of numerous certificates and awards for his professional achievements. In 1994 he was awarded, and continues to hold, an AV (Preeminent) legal rating by Martindale Hubble. From 1994 until 2009, he was certified by the Supreme Court of South Carolina as a specialist in Tax Law, Estate Planning, and Probate Law, and has been included in Best Lawyers in America since 2006.

Tom and his wife of 30 years, Wrenzie, reside in Myrtle Beach, and are the proud parents of three grown sons- H.T., Jacob, and Lucas. In his free time he enjoys fishing, hunting, golfing, and spending time with his friends and family.

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