Aug 31 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) will receive two grants for nearly $1 million to improve future capacity to conduct DNA tests and to help reduce the backlog of DNA analysis cases. SLED will receive a $666,200 grant to improve DNA-testing infrastructure and analysis capacity at government-owned labs to prevent future DNA backlogs. In addition, SLED will receive a $332,766 grant to analyze backlogged forensic DNA casework in government-owned labs and private vendors. Both grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Aug 31 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced community health centers in Little River and Ridgeland will receive Community Health Center grants totaling more than $370,000. Community Health Center grants are designed to promote the development and operation of community-based primary health care service systems in medically underserved areas. The grants will allow both centers to expand services to their surrounding communities. Little River Little River Medical Center will receive a $270,907 grant. Ridgeland Beaufort-Jasper Comprehensive Health Services will receive a $102,248 grant. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Aug 30 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced nearly $300,000 in Drug-Free Community (DFC) Grants for Columbia, Lancaster, and Sumter. The DFC Program provides grants to community organizations that serve as catalysts for citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. Columbia Richland One Community Coalition will receive a $99,997 grant. Lancaster Lancaster County Prevention Coalition will receive a $98,021 grant. Sumter Sumter Citizens Coalition will receive a $99,985 grant. The grants are awarded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. ####

Aug 30 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced more than $500,000 for emergency response initiatives in Beaufort and Kershaw schools. Beaufort County School District will receive a $294,771 grant and Kershaw County School District will receive $211,460. Emergency Response and Crisis Management Grants provide funds to local education agencies to improve and strengthen emergency response plans in all four areas of crisis response: prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Aug 28 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced the South Carolina Department of Public Safety will receive a $616,000 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention grant to improve our state’s juvenile justice system. The funds may be used for a variety of programs and activities including: planning and administration, compliance monitoring, juvenile justice issues for American Indian tribes, substance abuse prevention, crime prevention, gang involvement prevention, identification of at risk youth, treatment programs, and aftercare. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Aug 28 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today announced Orangeburg County will receive a $54,409 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant. The funds will be used to purchase security cameras to monitor the Orangeburg County Courthouse. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Aug 10 2006

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced more than $635,000 in grants to fire departments in Cordova, Gaffney, Goose Creek, Hampton, Vance, and Williamston. “Firefighters and emergency service personnel dedicate themselves to protecting the health and safety of South Carolinians,” said Graham. “These grants help fire departments save lives by providing the means to obtain the best equipment and training available.” “I’m pleased to announce these grants that are important to the brave firefighters that risk their lives for the families of South Carolina,” said Senator DeMint. The Operations and Firefighter Safety Program grant 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. The grants awarded include: Cordova Cordova Fire Department will receive $106,593. Gaffney Gaffney Fire Department will receive $160,466. Goose Creek Goose Creek Rural Fire Department will receive $93,216. Hampton Hampton Station 50 will receive $159,999. Vance Vance Volunteer Fire Department will receive $91,110. Williamston Williamston Fire Department will receive $26,410. 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 the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and 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. ####

Aug 10 2006

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the foiled terror plot to blow up flights from Great Britain to the United States. “To win the War on Terror, our will as a nation must be greater than the will of the terrorists. This is another reminder our enemy remains out there -- plotting and scheming -- to do harm to us and other freedom-loving people around the world. "I want to congratulate the intelligence and law enforcement agencies in Great Britain and the United States for working to stop this terror plot. Lives were saved because of their work. “Our enemies’ desire to harm us has not changed. The evil they represent needs to be confronted. “We need to keep the terrorists on the run and win the War on Terror being fought in Iraq. The terrorists understand what is on the line -- it is why they are so brutal and vicious. They know if a democracy can emerge from a dictatorship, it will be a mighty blow to their efforts to spread evil throughout the Middle East and around the globe. “As a nation, we should learn two lessons from today's events. Stopping this plot shows the need for us to have good intelligence, well-trained law enforcement officers and agencies, and valuable allies like Britain. Second, the enemy has not gone away. While they may have changed methods and forms, they still have the same desire to kill Americans and other freedom-loving people. They must be defeated.” ####

Aug 07 2006

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced more than $8.1 million in housing grants in Aiken, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Lexington, and Myrtle Beach. Aiken The City of Aiken will receive a $220,161 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Charleston Charleston County will receive a $2,080,165 CDBG award, $974,131 for the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), an $88,890 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and $18,392 for the American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI). Columbia The City of Columbia will receive a $1,350,639 CDBG award, $1,041,000 for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program, and $826,501 for the HOME Program. Florence The City of Florence will receive a $347,365 CDBG award. Lexington Lexington County will receive a $1,014,447 CDBG award. Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach will receive a $206,338 CDBG award.
  • 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 Emergency Shelter Grant program improves the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters.
  • 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. ####

Aug 04 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Robert Sumwalt of Columbia has been confirmed by the Senate to serve on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). On Graham’s recommendation, President Bush nominated Sumwalt in June, 2006. He was confirmed unanimously by the Senate last night. “Robert Sumwalt has a distinguished career in the field of aviation safety,” said Graham. “He is uniquely qualified for this position. I am pleased President Bush nominated him, and I was proud to support his nomination. Robert represents the best of South Carolina and will serve his nation with distinction.” Sumwalt worked for 24 years as a pilot with US Airways, and currently manages the aviation department at SCANA Corporation in South Carolina. Sumwalt has received extensive education and training in aviation safety and aircraft accident investigation at the University of Southern California. A co-founder of the Air Line Pilots Association Critical Incident Response Program, he also served as a member of the NTSB’s human performance group in the USAir 427 accident investigation. In 2003, Sumwalt joined the faculty at Southern Cal’s Aviation Safety and Security Program. In addition, he frequently conducts aviation safety, crew resource management, and human factors seminars. He is also a speaker at numerous domestic and international aviation safety conferences. From 1991 to 1999, Sumwalt worked as a research consultant to the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) Aviation Safety Reporting System. He has also authored several books on aviation safety. Sumwalt will serve the remainder of the existing term which expires at the end of this year, and a subsequent term which ends December 31, 2011. The NTSB is an independent Federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in the other modes of transportation -- railroad, highway, marine and pipeline -- and issuing safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents. ####