Aug 13 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced nearly $1 million for South Carolina recipients under the Drug Free Community Support Program (DFC).

The DFC program provides grants up to $100,000 to community coalitions to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug, and inhalant abuse.

Award recipients include:

Cheraw
Chesterfield County Coordinating Council- $100,000

Clemson
Clemson University- $99,526

Columbia
Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council- $99,275
Richland School District 1- $99,997
School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties- $100,000

Florence
Florence City Committee on Alcohol & Drug Abuse- $76,013

Greenville
Greenville Family Partnership- $100,000

Greenwood
Community Initiatives Incorporated- $100,000

Lancaster
The Children’s Council- $98,021

Spartanburg
City of Spartanburg- $93,000

The grants were awarded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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Aug 13 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the University of South Carolina Research Foundation will receive seven scientific research grants totaling $3.8 million.

USC will receive:

  • $2,000,000 for a project entitled, "SC STEPs to STEM."
  • $514,498 for a project entitled, "In-Situ Classification of Bloom-Forming Phytoplankton by Imaging Multivariate Optical Computing (IMOC)."
  • $375,000 for a project entitled, “Synthesis of Functional Composite Nanofibers Templated by 1D Self-assembly of Tobacco Mosaic Virus."
  • $347,440 for a project entitled, "Collaboration: Rainfall-driven Intertidal Zone Carbon Cycling."
  • $329,754 for a project entitled, "Developmental Changes in the Strength of Infants' Object Representations."
  • $165,000 for a project entitled, "Collaborative Research: Development of New Heterogeneous Catalysts for NOx Storage and Reduction (NSR)."
  • $143,907 for a project entitled, "Highly effective representations for surface and solid spherical studies."

The grants were awarded by the National Science Foundation.

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Aug 13 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $2 million in federal funds for projects in Orangeburg County.

Award recipients include:

Bowman
The town of Bowman will receive a $174,900 loan and a $100,000 Economic Impact Initiative grant to develop and renovate a nature park.

Elloree
Elloree Heritage Museum & Cultural Center will receive a $40,000 grant for the installation of a passenger elevator.  The museum was previously awarded a $55,000 grant for this project in 2005.

Holly Hill
The town of Holly Hill will receive a $954,300 grant and an $832,000 loan for infrastructure improvements.  The funds will be used for the installation of an influent buffering basin, upgrading and repairing existing pump stations, repairing collection lines, and purchasing equipment.

The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development.

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Aug 10 2007

WASHINGTON-  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today welcomed the Bush administration’s announcement of a new offensive in the fight against illegal immigration.  The Department of Homeland Security today announced new rules that will help authorities combat illegal immigration and go after companies that hire illegal aliens.  Among the provisions is an effort to crackdown on the use of fake Social Security by requiring companies to fire employees who use such numbers to gain employment.

 

Graham said:

 

“I applaud the administration’s effort to crackdown on illegal immigration, especially the use of fake Social Security numbers by illegals to gain employment in the United States .  This problem is rampant in our country, and further proof we need a tamper-proof, biometric Social Security card.  I would like to encourage the administration to go one step further and significantly strengthen the documents workers must use to establish eligibility for employment.

 

“I hope Congress will understand that many sectors of our economy have labor shortages and need additional programs to provide a legal labor supply.  Also, a growing number of state and local jurisdictions are passing immigration laws that will make it hard to do business in our country.

 

“In light of these developments, I hope Congress will re-engage on the issue of immigration reform because we need to provide national solutions and remedies to our broken immigration system.”

 

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Aug 09 2007

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today announced more than $360,000 in grants to fire departments in South Carolina.

“Firefighters and emergency service personnel dedicate themselves to protecting the health and safety of South Carolinians,” said Graham.  “These grants will help our local fire departments and rescue squads by providing them the means to obtain the best equipment and training available.”

Grants were awarded in the following program areas:

Operations and Safety Program: The funds may be used for training, wellness, and fitness programs; the purchase of firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and modifications to fire stations and facilities.

Vehicle Acquisition Program: The funds may be used for the purchase of firefighting vehicles including pumpers, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats.

The grants awarded include:

Abbeville
Sharon Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $34,493 Operations and Safety grant.

Calhoun Falls
Calhoun Falls Fire Department will receive a $33,034 Operations and Safety grant.

Kershaw
Kershaw Fire Department will receive a $60,610 Operations and Safety grant.

North
Sawyerdale Fire Department will receive a $203,538 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Parksville
Parksville Fire Department will receive a $29,796 Operations and Safety grant.

The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community.  The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. 

Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction.  Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share.  The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions.   In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year.

The grants are made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Aug 09 2007

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today announced more than $360,000 in grants to fire departments in South Carolina.

“Firefighters and emergency service personnel dedicate themselves to protecting the health and safety of South Carolinians,” said Graham.  “These grants will help our local fire departments and rescue squads by providing them the means to obtain the best equipment and training available.”

Grants were awarded in the following program areas:

Operations and Safety Program: The funds may be used for training, wellness, and fitness programs; the purchase of firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and modifications to fire stations and facilities.

Vehicle Acquisition Program: The funds may be used for the purchase of firefighting vehicles including pumpers, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats.

The grants awarded include:

Abbeville
Sharon Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $34,493 Operations and Safety grant.

Calhoun Falls
Calhoun Falls Fire Department will receive a $33,034 Operations and Safety grant.

Kershaw
Kershaw Fire Department will receive a $60,610 Operations and Safety grant.

North
Sawyerdale Fire Department will receive a $203,538 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Parksville
Parksville Fire Department will receive a $29,796 Operations and Safety grant.

The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community.  The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. 

Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction.  Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share.  The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions.   In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year.

The grants are made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Aug 03 2007

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today announced more than $500,000 in grants to fire departments in South Carolina.

“Firefighters and emergency service personnel dedicate themselves to protecting the health and safety of South Carolinians,” said Graham.  “These grants will help our local fire departments and rescue squads by providing them the means to obtain the best equipment and training available.”

Grants were awarded in the following program areas:

Operations and Safety Program: The funds may be used for training, wellness, and fitness programs; the purchase of firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and modifications to fire stations and facilities.

Vehicle Acquisition Program: The funds may be used for the purchase of firefighting vehicles including pumpers, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats.

The grants awarded include:

Columbia
Irmo Fire District will receive a $70,781 Operations and Safety grant.

Donalds
Donalds Rural Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $16,530 Operations and Safety grant.

Florence
Windy Hill Fire Company will receive a $73,806 Operations and Safety grant.

Greenville
Wade Hampton Fire Department will receive a $124,961 Operations and Safety grant.

St. Matthews
Caw Caw Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $204,250 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Williamston
Piercetown Fire Department will receive a $27,421 Operations and Safety grant.

The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community.  The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. 

Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction.  Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share.  The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions.   In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year.

The grants are made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Aug 02 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Building upon the $3 billion for border security improvements recently adopted in the Department of Homeland Security funding bill, U.S. Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today will introduce a bill to further provide resources to help gain operational control over the borders of the United States, enforce and strengthen interior immigration laws, and create additional penalties for immigration violations.

 

 

 

The bill contains some 72 separate provisions, which represent the ideas and insights of numerous Members of Congress, a variety of federal and state agencies affected by illegal immigration, stakeholders, and members of the public.  Some of these provisions represent compromise positions adopted by Senators in the last immigration bill, and others contain tough new enforcement provisions. 

 

 

 

 

“The debate we had a few weeks ago on immigration reform should not deter Congress from doing what is still needed to secure our borders and reduce illegal immigration,” said Kyl.  “We should take what we learned from that debate – that the American people want enforcement – and put it into workable legislation.  That’s exactly what we’ve done here.  On the whole, the legislation distills many of the lessons that we learned discussing immigration reform in the Senate.  Each of the provisions contained in this bill can stand alone on its own merit, or be combined with any other immigration bill.”

 

 

 

 

“Introduction of this bill is consistent with what the American people are asking us to do,” said Sessions.  “The bill requires that the Department of Homeland Security complete construction of the full 700 miles of southern border fencing, improve cooperation with state and local law enforcement, and increase enforcement of immigration laws at the workplace.  These are important steps toward creating a lawful system of immigration.”

 

 

 

 

“The failure of the Senate to pass comprehensive immigration was a huge disappointment,” said McCain.  “Although we must move forward with other issues, we can show the American people that we are serious about securing our nations border. This bill highlights the steps that need to be taken to ensure the integrity of our national security and immigration system, and would provide an essential step toward achieving comprehensive reform in the future.”

 

 

 

 

“Our legislation streamlines deportation proceedings, provides robust border and visa controls, and makes available to local and federal law enforcement more tools to aggressively deal with illegal immigration,” said Graham.  “Our immigration system is structurally flawed.  There remain at least half a dozen major changes in policy our nation must address to get the problems of illegal immigration under control.  This is another step forward in that endeavor.”

 

 

 

 

The bill would authorize significant increases in the number of personnel to patrol the border, staff the ports of entry, prevent smuggling, and investigate immigration violations.  It would also increase the amount of fencing, vehicle barriers, physical infrastructure, and technology to observe and deter illegal crossings, and the amount of detention space to hold unlawful aliens. 

 

 

 

 

The bill would also mandate that DHS detain unlawful aliens crossing the border until those aliens are removed.  It would require that DHS capture biometric data on all foreign nationals legally entering and departing the United States , and identify, track, detain and remove those who overstay their visas. 

 

 

 

 

The bill would authorize significant increases in personnel for DHS and the Department of Justice to enforce the immigration laws in the interior of the United States .  It would add new legal authorities to prevent the entry and enable the removal of suspected terrorists, aggravated felons, gang members, human smugglers, and other criminals.  The bill would add new legal authorities to deter and prosecute crimes against children, to combat smuggling, and to prevent fraud.  It would also enhance the ability of state and local law enforcement officers to identify unlawful aliens, and increase funding to states adversely affected by illegal immigration.

 

 

 

 

The bill would enhance laws to prevent the hiring of unlawful aliens in the United States .  It would require DHS to establish an employment verification system that would make it easier to identify unauthorized workers, in part through enhanced data-sharing between federal and state agencies.  The bill would increase the security and integrity of Social Security cards, and provide funding to assist states in issuing more secure driver’s licenses and identity documents.  The bill would increase civil and criminal penalties against employers who knowingly hire unlawful aliens, and persons who misuse identity documents.

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

 

·      Requires hiring of 14,000 new Border Patrol Agents to secure the borders.

 

 

·      Mandates construction of 700 miles of fence, 300 miles of vehicle barriers, 105 ground-based radars, and four unmanned aerial vehicles.  Requires 45,000 detention beds.

 

 

·      Contains a “Catch and Return” provision requiring DHS to detain illegal border crossers.

 

 

·      Requires implementing an entry/exit system at all U.S. ports of entry.

 

 

·      Requires mandatory detention of criminal aliens until removal.

 

 

·      Makes illegal presence in the U.S. a misdemeanor offense.

 

 

·      Makes gang members inadmissible and deportable.

 

 

·      Mandates an electronic employment verification system to end hiring of unlawful aliens.

 

 

 

 

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Aug 02 2007

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Medical University of South Carolina will receive more than $7.6 million in medical research grants.

 

 

Awards include:

 

 

 

 

  • $2,208,151 for oral health research.

     

 

 

  • $2,190,000 for lipidomics and pathobiology research.

     

 

 

  • $2,003,401 for general clinical research.

     

 

 

  • $384,797 for heart and vascular disease research.

     

 

 

  • $292,000 for drug abuse and addiction research.

     

 

 

  • $251,120 for cancer biology research

     

 

 

  • $208,050 for kidney disease, urology and hematology research.

     

 

 

  • $73,000 for neurological disorder research.

     

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Aug 02 2007

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today voted against S. 1, the Senate Democrat’s ethics reform bill.  Graham noted the bill fails to address real ethics reform by bring openness to the earmark process.

“Unfortunately, our efforts to bring sunlight and transparency to earmark process have been greatly diluted,” said Graham.  “This legislation does not require an open and public disclosure of earmarks.  It is weak and a vast departure from our original legislation.”

 

Graham noted the House-Senate conference report contained an unusual procedure where the Majority Leader and committee chairman could certify that earmark disclosure met compliance.  This process is fraught with potential abuse. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Elected officials should be able to designate money for the states and districts,” said Graham.  “But every elected official should have to defend their actions and the merits of the program.  The public deserves to know where the funds are going.  They also deserve to know whether there is any financial self-interest on behalf of the elected official or their family.”

“There is a belief in politics that money is power,” said Graham.  “My belief is that the ultimate power an elected official can have is the trust of the people.  Congress has lost that trust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I hoped the ethics reform bill would be an opportunity to restore trust,” said Graham.  “Unfortunately, our efforts to bring about real reform were gutted.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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