As a leader on tax reform, education and job training, and innovative ideas to reinvest in our nation’s distressed communities, United States Senator Tim Scott brings a unique perspective to the United States Senate. Growing up mired in poverty in a single parent household, Tim says that he is living his mother’s American Dream, and through his Opportunity Agenda works every single day to ensure every American family has the opportunity to succeed.
Senator Scott has served the great state of South Carolina in the U.S. Senate since 2013, and brings with him a mission to positively affect the lives of a billion people with the message of hope and opportunity. Growing up poor in a single-parent household in North Charleston, South Carolina, Tim watched his single mother work 16-hour days as a nurse’s assistant to keep him and his brother afloat.
As a freshman in high school, Tim nearly failed out, flunking four classes. However, the next year, he met his mentor named John Moniz who shared life-changing ideas and the basic principles of business with Tim. Through hard work, education, innovation, and with the discipline his mother gave him, he began the process of turning his life around.
The lessons gleaned from his mentor still guide Tim today: you can think your way out of poverty, and financial independence is a stepping-stone for success. Having a job is a good thing, but creating jobs is a great thing.
An unbridled optimist, Tim believes that despite our current challenges, our nation’s brightest days are ahead of us. During his time in office, he has been a tireless advocate for creating more opportunities for families living paycheck-to-paycheck and helping children who are mired in poverty have access to quality education. He launched his Opportunity Agenda, a legislative package aimed at achieving these goals, as well as the Senate Opportunity Coalition, a group of Senators committed to helping those in need.
Tim also knows that in order for our nation to prosper, we must get our spending and national debt under control. He has sponsored balanced budget amendments throughout his time in Congress, and will continue working to restore fiscal sanity in Washington.
Prior to public service, Tim built a successful small business of his own. He was first elected to Charleston County Council, to the South Carolina State House, and the U.S. House of Representatives. In January 2013, Tim was sworn in as a United States Senator from South Carolina, and was re-elected in January 2017.
The full Senate is set to ratify revised committee rosters and ratios before adjourning Tuesday evening.
The changes add a Democrat to the Finance and Judiciary Committees, because each needed new Democrats to provide an across-the-board one-seat advantage for the GOP with their diminished majority.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York announced the new Democratic assignments, which are highlighted by the appointments of Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California to the Judiciary Committee.
Booker and Harris become only the second and third African-American members of the Judiciary panel in American history.
“At every turn I will strive to advance the cause of reforming a broken justice system stacked against the poor and people of color, and to bend the arc of our nation’s history further towards equal justice for all,” Booker said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited that my dear friend Senator Harris will also be joining the committee. She is an immensely talented person who brings a wealth of skills and experience to the table. I can’t wait to work alongside her.”
Other than Booker and Harris, many of the other assignments affect the new members of the Democratic caucus.
Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones will sit on the Banking, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Homeland Security and Aging panels.
Sen. Tina Smith, Minnesota’s new appointed senator, has received assignments to the Agriculture, Energy and Natural Resources, HELP and Indian Affairs committees.
An Agriculture Committee slot came open with Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., taking a seat on the Environment and Public Works Committee ahead of a potential infrastructure package.
“The EPW Committee has jurisdiction over areas that are central to Maryland’s success and impact every community in our great state,” Van Hollen said in a statement. “I’ve been a strong advocate for the idea that environmental and agricultural interests must work together to succeed, and I will continue to fight for Maryland’s farming community in the U.S. Senate.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Rhode Island picks up the added Democratic seat on the Finance Committee as part of the shuffle, after Jones' victory in last month's Alabama special election reduced the GOP Senate majority overall to just one, 51-49.
Whitehouse noted that his assignment to Finance means Rhode Island now has senators serving on the panels overseeing taxes and spending, with Sen. Jack Reed a longtime member of the Appropriations Committee.
On the Republican side, the shuffle following the departure of Alabama Sen. Luther Strange, has led to Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer landing a seat on the Agriculture Committee just ahead of the next farm bill debate.
Sen. Tim Scott will be joining his South Carolina colleague Lindsey Graham on the Armed Services Committee, and Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran will be making a return to the Banking panel.
“As a former Committee member, Senator Moran has a deep understanding of the issues under the Banking Committee’s jurisdiction, and I welcome his experience and expertise back to the Committee,” Banking Chairman Michael D Crapo of Idaho said. “He has a proven track record of advocating for policies that will strengthen the economy, create jobs and increase America’s global competitiveness.”
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