HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – South Carolina Republican Congressman Tom Rice might be considered new to the national politics arena, but he is already rubbing elbows with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan.
Congressman Ryan's proposed budget is going before the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Congressman Rice is there, although his Field Representative, Tom Keegan, is in Georgetown talking with constituents.
Keegan set up a mobile outreach office at the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments Office to make himself available to those with concerns about Washington, and about here in the seventh district.
Keegan said most people he talks with are concerned with the economy. Georgetown resident Janice Honyotski said as a disabled person on a fixed income, she wishes more attention was focused on the elderly, and those at a disadvantage.
"The budget and deficit are high on his (Tom Rice) list, but economic development is something he has been concerned with not only as Chairman of Horry County Council, but as a U.S. Congressman," added Keegan.
Congressman Rice has been a big supporter of the development of Interstate 73, which now seems to be at a stand still.
B. Kisner of Murrells Inlet said having an Interstate would help more than just her daily commute, "hopefully jobs would be available to be beneficial in this economy too," she added.
Keegan said Rice is confident that construction on I-73 will continue, but funding is always a major issue.
Congressman Rice's field representative will be available to the public Wednesday, March 27 at 12:00 p.m. at the Conway Horry County Government and Justice Center.