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Scott, Cornyn, Hagerty, Senate GOP Introduce Concealed-Carry Reciprocity Bill 


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) joined Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), along with 42 of their Senate colleagues, in introducing the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that allows concealed carry, while still abiding by that state’s laws.

“Americans have a constitutional right to protect themselves and their families. That right doesn’t vanish when they travel to other states,” said Sen. Scott. “I’m proud to champion this common-sense legislation, which codifies law-abiding Americans’Second Amendment right while protecting individual states’ ability to choose what is best for their citizens.”

“I’m proud to support law-abiding gun owners across America with this commonsense legislation that would let them concealed carry in all states that allow it,” said Sen. Cornyn. “This legislation strengthens two of our most fundamental constitutional protections – the Second Amendment’s right of citizens to keep and bear arms and the Tenth Amendment’s right of states to make laws best-suited for their residents – and I’m grateful to 44 of my Republican Senate colleagues for joining me on this important bill.”

“The constitutional right of self-defense should not disappear simply because an individual crosses state lines,” said Sen. Hagerty. “I’m pleased to join my Senate colleagues in this commonsense legislation to ensure that law-abiding Tennesseans who are permitted to carry a concealed firearm are able to exercise that right in other states, consistent with those states’ laws, without having to obtain a separate permit.”

The legislation is also cosponsored by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Kennedy (R-La.), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Katie Britt (R-AL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska).

Background on the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act:

•Allows individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state with concealed carry laws

• Treats state-issued concealed carry permits like drivers’ licenses where an individual can use their home-state license to drive in another state, but must abide by that other state’s speed limit or road laws

•Protects state sovereignty by not establishing a national standard for concealed carry                     

This legislation is endorsed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the National Rifle Association.


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) joined Brian Kilmeade on Fox & Friends to discuss growing Chinese aggression and economic decline in anticipation of President Biden’s State of the Union address (Feb. 7).  

On the Democrats’ failed leadership … “Gas is high, electricity is high. Eggs in California are almost $10. We have to do better. We deserve better. That means we need a change in leadership in order for us to put America back on the right path.”

On American exceptionalism … “American greatness starts with our people, not the government. That’s why we are unleashing economic opportunity throughout this country by making sure American entrepreneurs have all the tools they need.”


Tim Scott’s “Listening Tour” Puts Extreme Record Front and Center

COLUMBIA, SC - Today, Tim Scott launches his “Faith in America” listening tour in Charleston in apparent preparation for a presidential campaign. The only problem? No matter what he says on the trail, Scott won’t be able to paper over his disastrous record.

Here’s a look at what Scott will have to answer for as he hits the road:
  • Instead of helping those who need them most, the “Opportunity Zones” Tim Scott pushed gave tax breaks to wealthy real estate developers while largely leaving the small businesses and low-income communities it was supposed to help out to dry.
  • Scott is a self-described “architect” of the 2017 GOP tax scam that gave huge tax breaks to the ultra wealthy at the expense of working families. According to theInstitute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Scott and the GOP’s tax plan provided a major boost to South Carolinians making over $1 million a year rather than focusing on helping working families.

  • For years, Scott has been a staunch supporter of putting Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block. After supporting Paul Ryan’s plan to end Medicare as we know it, he claimed that the seniors and retired folks who depended on the programs have an “entitlement mentality” despite paying into the programs their whole lives.

  • Scott has said he is “100 percent” committed to efforts to ban abortion, co-sponsoring legislation that would criminalize abortion and could make some forms of contraception, including the Plan B pill, illegal.



ICYMI: Sen. Scott Op-Ed Urges President Biden to Support School Choice 

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) penned an op-ed in the New York Post detailing the devastating failures within our nation’s education system and calling on Democrats to stop  blocking greater opportunities for all children through school choice.

 Biden failed students in State of the Union — but Republicans are ready to work with him if he gets real 

The New York Post 

By Sen. Tim Scott

“President Joe Biden had a unique opportunity during this year’s State of the Union to express a bold vision to expand access to a quality education for all Americans, but, in the typical fashion of his presidency, he fell short. The only thing more disappointing than what he said during his brief mention of our nation’s education system, was what he didn’t say.


“Biden didn’t mention that many kids in underserved communities are being left behind in the classroom simply because of their ZIP code. He didn’t mention that last year, math scores saw their largest-ever decreases while reading scores dropped to levels not seen since 1992. It’s estimated this learning loss could cost American students $2 trillion in lifetime earnings

“This devastating and unprecedented learning loss affected students from every walk of life — from the rural poor to the inner cities and everywhere in between — and will have lifelong consequences for these children. 


“The bottom line: Right now, we have a system that’s built for adults. We need a system that’s built for kids. I trust parents and students to make the best decisions for themselves. I trust them more than I ever will the whims and political calculations of big labor unions and their lobbyists.


“Kids trapped in failing and underperforming schools deserve an opportunity. No child should be denied a chance to learn because of where he lives or how much money her family makes. And no parent should have to buy their child’s way out of a failing school. I know there is no silver bullet, but school choice is a large step — a leap — in the right direction. 

“Ultimately, President Biden had an opportunity to open the door to working with Republicans to expand educational opportunity. He had an opportunity to apologize for his administration labeling parents at school-board meetings terrorists, protect parental rights and stand up for kids. He failed to do so. In fact, his administration is blocking the expansion of charter schools by adding burdensome regulations to charter schools’ mission to acquire funding.

“If the president has a change of heart, Republicans stand ready to put parents, students, and families first.”

Click here to read the op-ed in full in the New York Post.          


ICYMI: Scott Showcases a Bold Vision for a Stronger American Future on Fox News’ “America Reports” 

Scott, Klobuchar Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing National Entrepreneurship Week Passes Senate

WASHINGTON – This week, the Senate passed U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Amy Klobuchar’s (D-Mont.) bipartisan resolution commemorating National Entrepreneurship Week.

National Entrepreneurship Week, a non-partisan, congressionally-chartered initiative, has taken place annually during the third week in February since 2006.

This year, National Entrepreneurship Week is February 11-18.

“As a former small business owner,I know that hard work, innovation, and   diverse ideas create opportunities for communities to flourish,” said Senator Scott. “Small businesses are the engine of job creation, and pro-growth policies that promote entrepreneurial success are vital to our nation’s future.”

“Entrepreneurs move our country forward, transforming today’s new ideas and side-projects into tomorrow’s booming businesses. Our bipartisan resolution celebrates the innovation, creativity, and courageous spirit of the entrepreneurs who are leading our economy into the future,” said Klobuchar. “As co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Entrepreneurship Caucus, I’ll continue working to ensure that America remains the best place in the world to start a business.” 

Scott and Klobuchar are co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate Entrepreneurship Caucus, which was founded in 2019 to address the most pressing issues facing entrepreneurs and serve as a forum for collaboration and coordination. Members include Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.), Tina Smith (D- Minn.), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.).

Read the full text of the resolution here.