Senator Scott supports SRS funding

Republican Senator Tim Scott was the speaker during a business roundtable held July 3 at the SouthernCarolina Alliance Center in Barnwell.
During the 45-minute meeting, Scott spoke on the importance of quality education as the foundation of a strong economy. He also touched on other topics including immigration and the Savannah River Site.
He said immigration reform is needed, but the bill recently passed by the Senate - he voted against it - is flawed.
"The devil is in the details," Scott, said about solving the immigration problem.
Scott said it's important for the federal government to continue to support SRS, but the question is in which direction the site will go.
SRS used to produce nuclear-weapons material during the Cold War but has been in cleanup mode the past couple of decades. Whether the site, which employs over 10,000 people, could become a permanent location for nuclear waste has been a topic of discussion. There was also a push to develop small modular reactors (mini-nuclear power plants) at the site, but that option fell through when the Department of Energy chose a location in Tennessee for the project.
Scott, who is from North Charleston, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. He was appointed to the Senate in December last year by Gov. Nikki Haley after Sen. Jim DeMint left office to run the Heritage Foundation. He is the first Republican African-American representative from South Carolina in Congress since Reconstruction.
After the meeting Scott toured SRS.