Jul 31 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced the town of Branchville will receive a $1.1 million grant and a $600,000 loan for water system improvements.

The funds will be used to install water distribution lines from Branchville on Highway 21 to the Cattle Creek Road area of Orangeburg County. The project includes approximately 81,500 feet of water line, 54 hydrants, and a 250,000-gallon elevated storage tank. There is currently no public water available in the project area.

The grant and loan were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Jul 28 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced more than $3.1 million in TRIO Talent Search Program grants for South Carolina colleges and universities. The Talent Search Program helps individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds prepare for higher education by providing academic, career, and financial counseling. The program also encourages high school dropouts to re-enroll and complete their education. Grant recipients include: Claflin University- $220,000 Horry-Georgetown Technical College- $336,117 Midlands Technical College- $345,561 South Carolina State University- $220,000 Technical College of the Lowcountry- $330,804 Tri-County Technical College- $380,134 Trident Technical College- $382,216 University of South Carolina- $329,914 Williamsburg Technical College- $278,634 York Technical College- $301,656 The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Jul 26 2006

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) yesterday hosted a meeting with Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman, Office of Management and Budget Director Rob Portman, Senators Jim DeMint, Saxby Chambliss, Johnny Isakson and Representatives Gresham Barrett, Joe Wilson, and Charlie Norwood. The group gathered to discuss Savannah River Site issues. They made the following statements following the meeting. “Future budget certainty for the Site is a great concern for those in the region,” said Graham. “Every year we are confronted with major budget cuts and find ourselves fighting for level funding. I felt it was important to bring the key players in the room to discuss long-term funding strategies for cleanup and future missions. We had a very productive meeting and I appreciate Secretary Bodman and Director Portman’s work in helping move the MOX program and cleanup efforts forward. We discussed various technical, regulatory, and funding issues affecting current and future operations of the Site. We all share the same goal of moving forward with the MOX program and continuing our cleanup efforts in the most efficient, safe, technically sound, and cost-effective manner possible. I think today’s meeting was a positive development and will help us achieve our common goals in the future.” “I believe our message was well received by Secretary Bodman and Director Portman,” said Chambliss. “They both understand the national importance of the Savannah River Site. The meeting provided us an opportunity to present the case for a stable, robust funding stream for the Savannah River Site. I was pleased to hear of the Administration’s strong support for moving forward with the MOX program and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure this critical program is funded.” “Secretary Bodman has clearly focused much of his time on MOX and the Site’s cleanup, and I’m encouraged he says the Site is one of his highest priorities,” said DeMint. “Director Portman’s experience on these issues and willingness to work with the state delegations makes me optimistic we can put the Site on a stable and predictable path.” “I was pleased to join with my colleagues from Georgia and South Carolina in presenting a unified message on the Savannah River Site cleanup,” said Isakson. “We had a very productive meeting and reiterated the importance of the MOX program and the need to continue our cleanup efforts.” "I appreciate Senator Graham coordinating this meeting and bringing all parties to the table,” said Wilson. “The future of the Savannah River Site is of vital importance to the people of the Second Congressional District of South Carolina. While we continue to face budgetary and logistical issues, we remain focused on moving forward with the MOX program and expediting waste cleanup. Secretary Bodman and Director Portman are in full cooperation, and I am confident this meeting was a step in the right direction." "It was necessary to bring everyone together and talk about long-term strategies for the site, and I appreciate Senator Graham taking the lead and making that happen," said Barrett. "I feel good about the direction we are headed. We are all on the same page as it relates to moving MOX forward and ensuring the clean-up efforts continue in a way that is both safe and cost-effective. There is no doubt that the SRS has a lot to offer South Carolina and the country. Today's meeting was a great step in making sure we move forward in a smart manner." #####

Jul 26 2006

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made the following statement on the parental notification law which passed the U.S. Senate late yesterday. The legislation would make it a federal crime to take a pregnant minor across state lines to obtain an abortion and avoid parental consent or notification requirements. Graham voted in support of the legislation which passed the Senate 65-34 and will now go to conference with the House of Representatives. President Bush urged the House and Senate to work out the differences and send him a bill for his signature. Graham said: “Parents should be involved in decisions regarding the health of their children, particularly a major issue such as abortion. In some cases, non-parents will assist a minor in leaving their home state to obtain an abortion in another state. The aim is to avoid the home state’s parental notification laws. “The legislation strengthens the role of parents and makes it tougher to avoid state laws relating to parental notification. It also reaffirms that parents are the primary responsible party for their underage children. “I was pleased with the strong Senate vote and hope we can put a bill on the President’s desk for his signature in the coming weeks.” #####

Jul 25 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced the South Carolina Department of Education will receive a $504,898 Partnerships in Character Education Grant. Funds will be used to design and implement character education programs that teach character elements such as caring, civic virtue, citizenship, justice, fairness, respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, and charity. In addition, programs seek to improve student attendance and academic performance, parental involvement, teacher development, and community involvement. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Jul 25 2006

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the comprehensive immigration reform plan introduced by U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Representative Mike Pence (R-IN). According to a preview story in today’s Washington Post, the plan allows most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States a chance to work here legally, but only after the government certifies the U.S. borders have been sufficiently secured. Illegal immigrants would “self-deport” to their home countries within two years of the bill’s enactment and apply for a new kind of visa allowing them to quickly return to the United States and legally work. After 17 years they could apply for citizenship while remaining in the United States. He made the following statement: “I am very pleased Senator Hutchison and Representative Pence have put a comprehensive solution to our nation’s immigration problems on the table. If we will engage in problem solving, instead of political blame, we can make tremendous progress on this issue. “I consider the Hutchison-Pence proposal to be another step in the right direction. I look forward to reviewing the details of their plan and discussing with them how we can move this very important issue forward. “With continued presidential leadership, I believe the odds are in favor of Congress passing a comprehensive solution which secures our borders, establishes workable employer enforcement mechanisms, and institutes a procedure to deal with the estimated 11 million undocumented workers in the United States.” #####

Jul 25 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced Lancaster County School District will receive a $459,423 Partnerships in Character Education Grant. Funds will be used to design and implement character education programs that teach character elements such as caring, civic virtue, citizenship, justice, fairness, respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, and charity. In addition, programs seek to improve student attendance and academic performance, parental involvement, teacher development, and community involvement. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Jul 21 2006

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced health care organizations in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville will receive nearly $1.7 million to provide primary health care for individuals diagnosed with HIV. Charleston Roper St. Francis Foundation will receive a $432,802 grant. Columbia Richland Community Health Care Association will receive a $771,720 grant. Greenville New Horizon Family Health Services will receive a $487,758 grant. The Ryan White Title III: Early Intervention Services grants can be used to provide patients:
  • Risk-reduction counseling on prevention, antibody testing, medical evaluation, and clinical care;
  • Antiretroviral therapies; protection against opportunistic infections; and ongoing medical, oral health, nutritional, psychological, and other services for HIV-infected clients;
  • Case management to ensure access to services and continuity of care for HIV-infected clients;
  • Attention to other health problems that occur frequently with HIV infection, including tuberculosis and substance abuse.
The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Jul 21 2006

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced more than $8.3 million in housing grants in Anderson, Beaufort, Charleston, Greenville, and Spartanburg. Anderson The City of Anderson will receive a $771,427 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Beaufort Beaufort County will receive a $750,000 for the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and $12,156 for the American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI). Charleston The City of Charleston will receive a $1,096,575 CDBG award, $832,065 for the HOME Program, and $397,000 for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program. Greenville The City of Greenville will receive a $1,123,708 CDBG award, and $379,544 for the HOME Program. Spartanburg The City of Spartanburg will receive a $789,283 CDBG award, and $328,868 for the HOME Program. Spartanburg County will receive a $1,329,187 CDBG award, $530,546 for the HOME Program, and $9,929 for the ADDI.
  • The Community Development Block Grant Program develops communities and provides housing by expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income households.
  • The HOME Investment Partnership Program creates affordable housing by allowing communities to design and implement strategies tailored to their own needs and priorities.
  • The American Dream Down Payment Initiative promotes homeownership opportunities by providing necessary resources for down payment and closing cost assistance to lower-income and minority households.
  • The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program provides housing assistance and related support services to state and local governments
The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ####

Jul 20 2006

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today took to the floor of the U.S. Senate in support of reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act. “South Carolina has made great strides forward in terms of African-American voting participation and representation at all levels of state and local government,” said Graham. “I’m proud of the progress that has been made in years past and those who made it happen. During some very turbulent times, they shed blood, sweat and tears to bring about major change in our nation. I owe them a debt of gratitude, like others in my generation.” Graham noted that he was a child of the south and grew up in segregated schools for part of his life. But the civil rights movement enriched the country by allowing people to interact in ways that would have been impossible if segregation had continued. “South Carolina has come a long way in the past few decades and we have a lot to be proud of,” said Graham. “But just like every other part of the country, we still have a ways to go. I hope twenty-five years from now it can be said that there will be no need for a Voting Rights Act because things have continued to change for the better. If we continue making progress like we have in the past twenty-five years, we can make it happen.” #####