Aug 08 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Calhoun Falls will receive a $373,100 grant and a $211,000 loan for infrastructure relocation. The funds will be used to relocate water and sewer lines along the new rights of way of Highway 72. The South Carolina Department of Transportation will also contribute $334,226 to this project. The grant and loan were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ####

Aug 08 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Myrtle Beach International airport will receive a $340,251 grant. The project will allow for a new regional airport feasibility study to be undertaken by the Northeast Strategic Alliance (NESA) to examine the need for a new regional commercial service airport. Graham has worked closely with NESA on various projects including airport improvements and securing funding for Interstate 73. NESA promotes the development of the ten county area including the historic Pee Dee and Waccamaw regions and the coastal areas of the Grand Strand and Georgetown. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. ####

Aug 08 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced two organizations will receive more than $232,000 in federal grants to benefit Williamsburg County. The Nesmith Community Improvement Association in Kingstree will receive a $132,913 grant to establish a revolving loan fund to assist small and emerging businesses in the county. Telamon Corporation in Columbia will receive a $100,000 grant to repair and rehabilitate low-income homes in the Williamsburg/Lake City Enterprise Community. Both grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ####

Aug 03 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $1.2 million in grants to counties and cities throughout South Carolina to support local law enforcement. Grant recipients include: Counties
  • Aiken County will receive $48,808 to purchase equipment including digital cameras and in-car cameras.
  • Cherokee County will receive $28,725 to purchase a police cruiser and communications equipment.
  • Colleton County will receive $38,806 to purchase radar units.
  • Dillon County will receive $19,163 to purchase communications equipment.
  • Dorchester County will receive $34,125 to purchase computer equipment and software.
  • Florence County will receive $60,810 to improve digital imaging capabilities and purchase vehicle audio/video equipment.
  • Greenville County will receive $224,115 to purchase equipment and fund an adult drug court in the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
  • Laurens County will receive $42,007 to fund several projects including education and fingerprinting programs for children, and a community crime prevention education program.
  • Lee County will receive $15,002 to purchase vehicle equipment and tasers.
  • Marlboro County will receive $22,884 to purchase a four-wheel drive vehicle to assist with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Program.
  • Pickens County will receive $21,203 to enhance the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT).
  • Spartanburg County will receive $122,059 to purchase in-car digital cameras.
  • York County will receive $65,770 to purchase a targeting system for the Weapons Training Facility, communications equipment, and mobile data and field reporting systems.
Cities
  • Bennettsville will receive $16,683 to enhance the Crossroads Program to help eliminate school suspensions.
  • Charleston will receive $78,732 to purchase a firearms training system to be used by multiple law enforcement agencies in the Charleston area.
  • Florence will receive $61,090 to purchase two vehicles, laptop computers, projectors, and office equipment for the Community Services Division.
  • Georgetown will receive $13,642 to deploy a speed monitoring device.
  • Lancaster will receive $35,246 to purchase equipment, computer technology, and other support materials.
  • Mt. Pleasant will receive $10,722 to upgrade evidence/crime scene software.
  • North Charleston will receive $119,459 to purchase equipment including cameras and radar equipment.
  • Spartanburg will receive $96,455 for the purchase mobile data terminals and software and to make tactical enhancements.
  • Summerville will receive $17,163 to purchase and upgrade patrol laptop computers.
  • West Columbia will receive $32,045 to provide enhanced training for officers and to purchase tasers and a defibrillator.
All grants were awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. ####

Aug 02 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Attorney General’s office will receive a $900,000 grant to combat domestic violence. The grant will be used to implement a new project in collaboration with the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The funds will help hire and train three attorneys to prosecute cases in the summary courts of Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Marion, Marlboro, and Williamsburg counties. In addition, the project will hire and train three court advocates to assist victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and child victimization. The grant will also be used to employ a full-time Immigrant Outreach Specialist to coordinate efforts in the Hispanic population. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Aug 02 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the City of Spartanburg will receive a $397,416 grant to combat domestic violence. The grant will support Spartanburg’s collaborative effort with Safe Homes-Rape Crisis to implement a multi-disciplinary response to investigate and prosecute domestic violence cases. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Aug 02 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Anderson Regional Airport will receive a $2.65 million grant for airport improvements. The funds will be used for the final phase of a runway and taxiway extension, and to relocate the medium intensity approach lighting system. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. ####

Aug 01 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on President Bush’s recess appointment of John Bolton as Ambassador to the United Nations. “I completely support the President’s decision to make a recess appointment of John Bolton as Ambassador to the United Nations. He is the right person at the right time to reform the UN. “I am extremely disappointed President Bush had to resort to a recess appointment. However, I believe it is important the President not allow Democrats to void the results of the last election. The filibustering of John Bolton was inappropriate as he has been confirmed by the Senate on four previous occasions. “The world desperately needs a functioning United Nations that is free of corruption and operates efficiently, both of which are lacking at the current moment. John Bolton has the credentials and abilities to right the ship and is an excellent choice as UN Ambassador.” ####

Jul 29 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today voted in support of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. The bill would shield makers of firearms from lawsuits intended to drive them out of business. “I’m pleased Congress has decided to not hold gun manufacturers liable for a criminal’s misuse of a gun,” said Graham. “It’s truly absurd that a gun manufacturer or dealer could be sued because a criminal uses their product in the commission of a crime. It’s the criminal who needs to be held accountable for their actions, not the gun manufacturer.” Graham noted that since 1997 more than 30 cities and counties have sued firearms companies. This has cost the industry over $200 million in legal fees even though most of the cases have been dismissed. The lawsuits are designed to severely weaken or eradicate the firearms and ammunition manufacturing industry in the United States. “Gun manufacturers and dealers are highly regulated and responsible for following the law,” said Graham. “Passage of this legislation will end these frivolous suits which are driving gun manufacturers out of the business and out of the United States.” “I’m also glad we acted because our national security is at stake,” said Graham. “Some of the gun manufacturers who were targets of these frivolous lawsuits also provide firearms to our men and women in the U.S Armed Forces.” ####

Jul 29 2005

WASHINGTON – South Carolina Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today voted in support of the Interior Appropriations bill. The bill passed the Senate and will now be sent to the President for his signature. Among the notable projects for South Carolina include: Columbia: $200,000 to the Bethel Cultural Arts Center Greer: $500,000 to the Maple Creek Water Treatment Plant Myrtle Beach: $615,000 to the Myrtle Beach Storm Water Management System Olar & Govan: $733,000 to the Olar & Govan Regional Water System Orangeburg: $350,000 to the dam project at the National Fish Hatchery. The funds will also be used to help complete the water line construction project at the National Conservation Training Center. Statewide Projects Include: $800,000 to the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor ####