Apr 04 2024

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Katie Britt (R-Alabama) today sent a letter to Majority Leader U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Minority Leader U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) requesting a classified, all-member briefing on the increasing threats to the homeland from radical Islamic terror groups, including ISIS-K, an offshoot of ISIS that exists primarily in Afghanistan.

The Senators wrote, “As many experts have warned, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has created new threats and once again transformed the country into a safe haven and operational base for terrorist groups.  Our nation cannot afford to continue adhering to a policy of inaction towards these threats…ISIS-K’s recent attacks further highlight their ability to strike around the globe.  Their operations include a suicide bombing in Iran in January of 2024 and a massacre at a concert hall in Moscow in March.  Further, ISIS-K planned attacks against civilians in Germany and the Netherlands were also thwarted.  It is evident the potential and desire for strikes by ISIS-K around the globe, including against the United States, remains significant.”

“In light of this concern, we are requesting an all-member classified briefing on the rising threat of radical Islamic terror groups against the homeland and overseas targets, and an update on the Biden Administration’s over-the-horizon capabilities and strategy for Afghanistan no later than April 18th, 2024,” Graham and Britt concluded.

To read the full letter, click HERE.

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Mar 27 2024

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

“Just heard of my dear friend Joe Lieberman’s passing.

“As I am just now leaving Israel, so many emotions. This is devastatingly sad.

“I feel fortunate to have been in his presence, traveling the world in support of America’s interests as we saw it.

“To Hadassah, I know your heart is broken, but please understand your legion of friends love you dearly.  To the Lieberman family, we will be with you through this journey.

“I look forward to sharing more thoughts about this wonderful man and the incredible life he lived.

“The good news, he is in the hands of the loving God. The bad news, John McCain is giving him an earful about how screwed up things are.

“Rest in peace, my dear friend.

“From the Last Amigo.”

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Mar 25 2024

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), Katie Britt (R-Alabama), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) introduced a Senate resolution calling on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to open a formal investigation into the acts of sexual violence and sexual torture committed during and after the October 7, 2023 attack on Israel. The Senators also urged the international community to hold the perpetrators accountable.

A recent U.N. report found there are “reasonable grounds” that sexual violence and sexual torture occurred during and after the attack on Israel, leading the Senators to demand the UNSC formally open an investigation.

“I appreciate my colleagues for joining in this bipartisan effort,” said Senator Graham. “It is imperative that the U.N. firmly stand against sexual violence and sexual torture as a tool of war. In order to hold the perpetrators accountable, there must be an effort to preserve the facts and circumstances around Hamas’ brutal and barbaric sexual assault on Israeli women and children. This is a defining moment for the U.N. Start the investigation and start it now.”

“The horrific acts of sexual violence committed by Hamas terrorists on October 7th were acts of pure evil and were another instance of persecutors using rape and sexual violence to subjugate the Jewish community,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Last year, I challenged the U.N. to denounce Hamas as a terrorist organization and its use of rape as a weapon of war. While the U.N. did lead a ‘fact-finding mission’ that corroborated these atrocities, it fell short of a true investigation. Therefore, I am joining Senators Graham, Blumenthal, Britt, Collins and Ernst to call on the U.S. to use its position on the Security Council to launch an official investigation into the sexual violence and torture of October 7th. The international community must hold accountable the perpetrators of these crimes, and I will not rest until it does so.”

“The reprehensible, barbaric acts of sexual violence committed by Hamas terrorists on October 7 have no place in our world and must be unequivocally and universally condemned,” said Senator Britt. “I was proud to recently lead a bipartisan resolution condemning Hamas for using sexual and gender-based violence as a weapon of war, and I now join my colleagues in calling on the U.N. to immediately open an investigation into these atrocities. As a mother, as a daughter, as a sister, and as an American, I will continue to speak out and stand firm against the pure evil that is Hamas.”

“Hamas' use of sexual violence as a tool of warfare during the October 7th terrorist attack on Israel must be condemned unequivocally,” said Senator Collins. “I urge my colleagues to join this bipartisan effort calling on the United Nations to investigate these atrocities. It is imperative that we unite against these barbaric acts to hold Hamas accountable, support survivors, and provide justice for victims.”

“The UN’s recent report clearly laid the ground work for a full investigation in how Hamas fighters used sexual violence during and after the attacks on October 7,” said Senator Blumenthal. “Such abhorrent, intolerable actions cannot be ignored. We owe it to the victims and survivors to use every tool at our disposal to fully investigate crimes of sexual violence and reveal to the world the true heinous nature of the terrorists that perpetrate them.”

“After the October 7 Iran-backed attack on Israel, the world could no longer deny the brutality of Hamas that took over 1,000 innocent lives, including more than 30 Americans,” said Senator Ernst. “Look no further for evidence of their inhumane cruelty than the fact that Hamas used rape as a weapon against Israelis and Jews. As a survivor of sexual assault myself, this is personal, and these war crimes cannot go unpunished. While the UN failed to immediately condemn these vile actions, we must ensure terrorists are fully investigated and held accountable.”

The Graham-Gillibrand-Britt-Collins-Blumenthal-Ernst resolution:

  • Calls upon the United States to insist that the United Nations Security Council open an official investigation into the sexual violence and sexual torture committed during and after the attack on the State of Israel on October 7, 2023.
  • Demands that the international community hold accountable those who perpetrated acts of sexual violence and sexual torture during and after that attack.

The resolution can be found HERE.

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Mar 18 2024

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement following a meeting in Ukraine with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“I had a very productive visit with President Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials about the state of the war and what lies ahead.

“During my meeting with President Zelensky, I informed him that given the crisis at the United States’ southern border and our overwhelming debt, President Trump’s idea of turning aid from the United States into a no-interest, waivable loan is the most likely path forward. This is not only true for aid for Ukraine, but for other countries across the board. I reiterated that the House’s Ukraine aid legislation must include some American border security provisions.

“I am also urging the Biden Administration to send longer-range artillery, accelerate F-16 training for the Ukrainians, and designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism under U.S. law.

“Once Ukraine gets back on its feet, they will be an economic powerhouse because of their access to mass deposits of critical minerals, oil and gas.

“It is clear Ukrainians appreciate the United States’ support. I know Americans want to help our friends and allies, but I also believe we must consider our economic situation as we help others.”

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Mar 14 2024

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Katie Britt (R-Alabama) introduced the Laken Riley Act. Companion legislation passed the House last week in a bipartisan vote of 251-170.

Laken Riley’s alleged murderer entered the country illegally. He was arrested for committing another crime, but subsequently released. Currently President Biden has the authority to require U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain illegal aliens who commit theft, burglary, larceny, or shoplifting offenses. To date, Biden has been largely unwilling to exercise that authority.

The Laken Riley Act would close this loophole in the law, requiring ICE to arrest and detain illegal aliens who commit these crimes and mandate that these aliens are detained until they are removed from the United States so they cannot re-offend and commit further crimes. Additionally, this legislation would ensure that states have standing to bring civil actions against federal officials who refuse to enforce immigration law or who violate the law.

“I greatly appreciate Senator Britt’s leadership on this issue. It is imperative we change our immigration policies now, and end catch and release,” said Graham. “Laken Riley’s murder is likely a result of the Biden Administration’s open border policy. The Biden Administration is waiving people in. And even if one of those people commits a crime and is detained by law enforcement, the Biden Administration’s policy is to let them out. That must end now. The Laken Riley Act is an absolute necessity. Senator Schumer should bring this bill to the floor immediately.”

U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Ted Budd (R-North Carolina), John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), John Boozman (R-Arkansas), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Montana), Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Bill Hagerty (R-Tennessee), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), John Kennedy (R-Louisiana), James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Pete Ricketts (R-Nebraska), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota), Eric Schmitt (R-Missouri), Rick Scott (R-Florida), Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), John Thune (R-South Dakota), Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama), and Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) are cosponsors of the legislation in the Senate.

This bill was originally introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Mike Collins (Republican, GA-10).

The full text of the bill can be found HERE.

Mar 12 2024

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced that projects for the Savannah River Site, the South Carolina Army National Guard, and the surrounding region will receive funding as a part of the first Fiscal Year 2024 spending package.

Graham made these funding requests to the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which he is a member. 

Savannah River Site:

Savannah River Plutonium Processing Facility: $1 billion will go towards continuing construction of the facility that will produce plutonium pits to support the sustainability and effectiveness of our nation’s nuclear arsenal.

Savannah River Radioactive Liquid Tank Waste Stabilization and Disposition: $986.5 million will go towards ensuring the safe removal, processing, and disposition of radioactive waste.

Tritium Finishing Facility at Savannah River Site: $35 million will go towards the replacement of a nearly 70-year-old facility. Tritium, an isotope of hydrogen gas, is critical to the functionality of nuclear weapons.

Savannah River Community and Regulatory Support (Aiken, Allendale and Barnwell Counties): $12.3 million in payments to communities to offset losses in property taxes due to the presence of non-taxable federal lands within their boundaries.

South Carolina Army National Guard:

National Guard Readiness Center: $20 million will go towards construction of a new Readiness Center designed to meet the training, administrative, logistical, and maintenance needs of the South Carolina Army National Guard.

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Mar 09 2024

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced that multiple projects across South Carolina will receive funding as a part of the first Fiscal Year 2024 spending package.

Graham made these funding requests to the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which he is a member.

Some of the South Carolina projects that will receive funding from the first package are highlighted below:

  • Aiken (city): $3 million for Croft Mill sewer basin improvements.
  • Anderson (county): $5 million to modernize the I-85 interchange.
  • Berkley, Calhoun, Dorchester and Orangeburg Counties: $23.8 million to Lakes Marion and Moultrie for water infrastructure expansion.
  • Bluffton: $1.34 million for law enforcement equipment.
  • Cayce: $540,000 for a pump station.
  • Charleston (city): $25 million to Charleston Harbor for the deepening project reimbursement.
  • Charleston (county): $23 million to the Charleston County Aviation Authority for parking aprons.
  • Charleston (city): $6.5 million to construct the Joint Base Charleston’s National Guard Readiness Center.
  • Cheraw: $4.4 million for water treatment plant construction.
  • Chester (county): $10 million to Chester County Wastewater Recovery for wastewater improvement.
  • Clemson University: $7 million to the Livestock Poultry Health’s Veterinary Diagnostic Center.
  • Columbia: $575,000 for a water main replacement.
  • Columbia: $10 million to eliminate rail crossings on Assembly Street.
  • Columbia: $101 million to Fort Jackson for phase two of the Reception Barracks Complex construction project.
  • Florence (city): $5 million for water treatment plant expansion and upgrades.
  • Georgetown (city): $6.5 million for the Georgetown Harbor deepening.
  • Greenville (city): $10 million to the South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center for taxiway improvements.
  • Greenwood (county): $900,000 for a 911 technology upgrade for the County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Lancaster (county): $770,000 for law enforcement vehicles for the County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Newberry (city): $88,000 for improved law enforcement technology and equipment.
  • Richland County: $1 million to Richland County Sheriff’s Department for a unified command post.
  • Rock Hill: $1.2 million to the city of Rock Hill for wastewater discharge.
  • Spartanburg (county): $10 million to Startex-Jackson-Wellford Duncan water district for water storage.
  • Sumter (city): Funds for the purchase of 4 Narcotics Analyzers.
  • University of South Carolina: $4.5 million for semiconductor manufacturing.
  • University of South Carolina: $10 million to the ROTC facility.

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