A long history of neglect and disparate treatment have visited many challenges upon residents of the 6th Congressional district, and I am determined to do all that I can to turn those challenges into opportunities. Neglect and a lack of infrastructure development have left the 6th district lagging behind the rest of the state. Since being elected to Congress, I have directed millions of dollars in federal investments to several water and sewer projects along the I-95 corridor. Those funds will improve health conditions, educational opportunities and economic development in a region that is often referred to as "the Corridor of Shame."
I championed special consideration for rural and poverty stricken communites in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. South Carolina has been awarded millions of those dollars to improve broadband and other infrastructure needs along the I-95 corridor and throughout the District, which will enhance the quality of life and students ability to compete, and also serve as another tool to attract economic development to this area.
Finally, I worked hard to include investments in rural health care in the new health care reform laws enacted by Congress this year. These efforts will complement the other federal commitments I have secured for the District.