Honoring Our Law Enforcement Officers
Law enforcement officers dedicate their lives to the precept that undergirds our country respect for and adherence to the rule of law. They courageously propel themselves toward danger while others have the luxury of running from it, and they fight for the safety of others while putting their own lives at risk. Officers deal daily with people and incidents most of us prefer to avoid, all the while missing out on some of life's most precious experiences.
Each year during National Police Week law enforcement officers from all across the country meet at our nation’s capital to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. As we honor and remember our fallen officers, I urge our communities to take a moment to consider what our lives would look like without the protection of law enforcement. May we never miss a chance to thank our officers and their families for doing a job that is sometimes only fully noticed when an officer is killed in the line of duty.
A Sustainable Solution to the Evolving Opioid Crisis
For well over two decades, our nation’s opioid crisis has been escalating at an alarming rate. While the National Drug Control Budget has reached an all-time high, our nation is witnessing a record number of fatal overdoses as 115 Americans lose their lives to opioids every single day.
The gravity of this epidemic demonstrates the need for a central coordinating body to synchronize the federal government’s response. This week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing to discuss policy proposals for reauthorizing the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Click here to watch my opening statement.
U.S. Military Service Academy Nominations
On Tuesday, our office announced we are accepting applications from students in the Fourth District of South Carolina who are interested in nomination to one of the U.S. Military Service Academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Students interested in nomination must submit a complete application by October 15, 2018. More information and the application for the class of 2023 can be found here.