May 09 2007

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) led U.S. Senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives in accepting a petition – the Appeal for Courage -- signed by more than 2,800 U.S. service members urging Congress to support the mission in Iraq and end calls for retreat.  A full 60 percent of the petition signers have previously served or are now serving in Iraq.

“The men and women who are doing the fighting and dying -- the ultimate stakeholders -- want to send a different message than Congress is sending,” said Graham.  “They want people to know they are committed to Victory in Iraq and they don’t want Congress to undercut them.  They know victory is possible.  I hear them and I wish others would too.”

The Appeal for Courage petition was started in February by two U.S. service members serving in Iraq: Lieutenant Jason Nichols, a Navy Information Professional officer and Staff Sergeant David Thul, of the Minnesota National Guard.  It states:

“As an American currently serving my nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to fully support our mission in Iraq and halt any calls for retreat.  I also respectfully urge my political leaders to actively oppose media efforts which embolden my enemy while demoralizing American support at home. The War in Iraq is a necessary and just effort to bring freedom to the Middle East and protect America from further attack.”

The petition was presented by Bob Wallace, Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), on behalf of the petitioner’s organizers.  The elected officials at the event included Senators Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), Jon Kyl (R-Arizona), House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Congressman Eric Cantor (R-Virginia), and Congressman Adam Putnam (R-Florida).

In a statement this morning LT Nichols and SSG Thul said:

"This Appeal is a direct communication to Congress from the currently serving military troops. We are respectfully asking for full support in finishing the mission you assigned us here in Iraq.  Patience and resolve will result in a stable democratic country in the Middle East.  Early withdrawal will result in a stronger enemy, a weaker America, and a demoralized US Armed forces.  Building a new democracy takes time, and we are making steady progress. We need your support to finish the job."

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NOTE: For more information please visit www.appealforcourage.org.

May 02 2007

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced the South Carolina Office of Victim Assistance will receive a $4,088,000 grant.  The funds will be used to provide assistance to victims of crime.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the agency's merit-based or competitive allocation process.

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May 02 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced Chesterfield County Rural Water Company will receive a $1,369,500 grant and a $4,071,000 loan for water system infrastructure improvements.

The funds will be used for the installation of 168,000 feet of waterline; the construction of a 500,000-gallon elevated water tank and booster pump station; a generator; and associated hydrants and controls. 

The grant and loan were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the agency's merit-based or competitive allocation process.

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May 02 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced McCormick County will receive a $463,600 grant and a $627,000 loan to provide sewer service to the Plum Branch area and National Guard Training Facility.

The funds will be used for the installation of two pump stations and 34,375 linear feet of force main. 

The grant and loan were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the agency's merit-based or competitive allocation process.  The South Carolina National Guard is also contributing $500,000 to the total cost of the project.

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May 02 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced Barrineau Public Utilities Company in Lake City will receive a $545,200 grant and a $1,250,000 loan to provide water service to the Moore’s Crossroads, Terrell’s Crossroads, Springs’ Crossroads, and Horse Branch communities.

The funds will be used for the installation of 53,930 feet of eight-inch waterline; 29,052 feet of six-inch waterline; and 9,978 feet of three-inch waterline. 

The grant and loan were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the agency's merit-based or competitive allocation process.

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May 02 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced the Town of Ware Shoals will receive a $1,110,000 grant and a $1,553,000 loan for water system infrastructure improvements.

The funds will be used for the construction of a 300,000-gallon elevated water tank and 2 pump stations; the installation of 4,300 feet of twelve-inch waterline and 2,900 feet of six-inch waterline; the purchase of equipment; and the installation of radio read meters and other appurtenances. 

The grant and loan were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the agency's merit-based or competitive allocation process.

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May 01 2007

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made this statement on the presidential veto of the supplemental appropriation bill which establishes timelines and deadlines for U.S. efforts in Iraq. "President Bush is right to veto this legislation. It would have ensured our nation's defeat in a war we cannot afford to lose." #####

Apr 26 2007

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made the following statement on the decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow the expansion of the Charleston port to move forward.  Earlier today, the Corps issued permits for the port expansion and a new access road.

Graham said:

“From the mountains to the sea, the Port of Charleston is one of the key economic engines of our state.  Today’s announcement is very good news.  The creation of a new terminal will create more capacity and help ensure we remain competitive well into the 21st century.  I’ve been honored to work with the congressional delegation and local leaders on this project.  I’d like to thank the leadership of the Army Corps, state, federal and local agencies whose cooperative effort made this happen.”

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Apr 25 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced more than $26.8 million for the treatment of HIV/AIDS in South Carolina.

Ryan White Title II

South Carolina will receive a $25,646,912 grant for the treatment of HIV/AIDS in the state.  The funds, awarded under the Ryan White Title II Formula Grants Program, can be used to provide a variety of services to low-income individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.

Ryan White Title III: Early Intervention Services

Hope for the Pee Dee in Florence will receive $425,510; Sandhills Medical Foundation in Jefferson will receive $321,750; and, Spartanburg Regional Health Services in Spartanburg will receive $438,750.

Title III funds can be used for:

  • 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.

All grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Apr 25 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced Alligator Rural Water and Sewer in McBee will receive a $1,391,200 grant and a $3,160,000 loan for infrastructure improvement.

The funds will be used for the installation of 22,450 feet of water line and associated hydrants, controls, and appurtenances.  The award will also be used for the purchase and installation of four emergency generators.

Alligator previously received a $3,504,000 loan and $289,235 grant in fiscal year 2006.

All grants and loans were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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