Oct 05 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced more than $325,000 in grants to fire departments across South Carolina. “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.” 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: Latta Dillon County Fire Department Area 2 will receive $74,052. Liberty Walker McEmoyle Fire Department will receive $94,150. North Charleston City of North Charleston Fire Department will receive $67,528. Spartanburg City of Spartanburg Public Safety Department will receive $90,666. 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. ####

Oct 03 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) will receive $9,820,650 for construction of the Hollings Cancer Center. “Cancer is the second leading cause of death in South Carolina, and MUSC is on the cutting edge of cancer prevention, detection, and treatment,” said Graham. “This facility will allow MUSC to better serve our state and help many of our citizens battling cancer.” The funding was included in the Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Graham noted that earlier this year he secured $8 million for the Hollings Cancer Center in the Fiscal Year 2006 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill. That bill has been approved by the Senate and must now be approved by a joint House/Senate conference committee. ####

Oct 03 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced four school districts in South Carolina will receive more than $625,000 in grant money to help develop emergency response plans in schools. The funds will be used to improve and strengthen school emergency response and crisis management plans. Recipients must address all four phases of crisis response planning: prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. In addition, grant recipients must provide training to school personnel and students, coordinate with local law enforcement, have a plan for communicating policies and procedures to parents, and take into consideration the needs of disabled students. Grant recipients include:
  • Fairfield County School District- $100,000
  • Georgetown County School District- $245,449
  • Lexington and Richland Counties School District Five- $147,927
  • Rock Hill School District Three- $132,371
  • The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Oct 03 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Clemson University will receive a $799,938 grant to provide support and funding to local faith-based and community organizations. As a recipient of a Compassion Capital Fund Demonstration Program grant, Clemson will serve as a bridge between the federal government and faith-based and community organizations. The University will provide training and technical assistance as well as small financial awards ranging anywhere from $5,000 to $40,000. Clemson is one of 45 intermediary organizations nationwide. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Oct 03 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $650,000 in grants for two organizations in South Carolina to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. “Domestic violence remains a major problem in South Carolina,” said Graham. “We have a responsibility to do all we can to assist victims and prosecute offenders.” The National College of District Attorneys in Columbia will receive a $400,000 grant. The funds will be used to sponsor the Fifteenth Annual National Conference on Domestic Violence. The conference is expected to be attended by approximately 1,000 attendees and will focus on providing the tools necessary to help victims rebuild their lives. The South Carolina Centers for Equal Justice in Columbia will receive a $252,590 grant. The funds will be used to provide on-site advocacy, improved legal services, and specialized training for attorneys in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault. This project is a collaboration between South Carolina Centers for Equal Justice and other victim services organizations including the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons, Laurens County Safe Home, Safe Passage, SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition, and My Sister’s House. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Oct 03 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced two South Carolina organizations will receive more than $460,000 in grants to support employment programs for persons with disabilities. The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department will receive $252,924 to recruit, train, and maintain twenty “Disability Specialists” who can serve as coaches and mentors for rehabilitation staff throughout the state. These specialists will have the skills necessary to better serve those with the most significant disabilities, including spinal cord injury, brain injury, deafness, and mental illness. The Disability Action Center, Inc. (DAC) in Columbia will receive $207,109 to help increase opportunities for people with disabilities to enter competitive employment in the residential construction industry. DAC with partner with the National Association of Homebuilders and the Home Builders Institute for this project. Both grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Oct 03 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the University of South Carolina (USC) will receive more than $2.2 million dollars in grants to support health care and medical research programs. Grants awarded include:
  • $1,585,298 to support efforts to eliminate disparities in health care.
  • $329,871 for drug abuse research.
  • $295,387 for genomics and biomedical research.
All grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Oct 03 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on President Bush’s selection of Harriet Miers to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. Graham is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “President Bush has made a solid pick for the Supreme Court. “Harriet Miers has been in the legal trenches throughout her career and has a tremendous understanding of how the law works in people’s everyday lives. Her legal experience combined with her life experience makes her a solid choice. “I hope for and anticipate a smooth confirmation process with a significant bipartisan vote in support. In my opinion, there will be no filibuster as she is a mainstream conservative who will be a strict constructionist on the Supreme Court. “I expect the liberal left to make demands upon the Administration to produce information protected by attorney-client privilege. Efforts such as these to derail a qualified nominee like Miers should fail.” ####

Sep 29 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement following the confirmation of John Roberts as the 17th Chief Justice of the United States. Graham is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I’m pleased Judge Roberts was confirmed today by the U.S. Senate. He is a well-qualified nominee and may be the best legal mind in the country. There’s no doubt President Bush knocked it out of the park when he selected John Roberts. I think most Americans will feel comfortable knowing he will be judging their cases on the Supreme Court. “As for the Senate, I think the body acquitted itself well during the confirmation process and upheld the best traditions of the Senate. A few months ago, I would have never believed that was possible. “As we look to the future, we should note President Clinton had two opportunities to appoint justices to the Supreme Court. He chose the general counsel of the ACLU and a Democratic staffer. Those nominees received very large bipartisan Senate votes. Like President Clinton, President Bush is going to have the same opportunity. “I hope President Bush fulfills his campaign promise and picks another well-qualified strict constructionist for the Supreme Court.” #####

Sep 29 2005

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham and Congressman Joe Wilson announced a $500,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration for the May River Technology Park in the Town of Bluffton, South Carolina. The funding will allow for the construction of infrastructure in the development of the Technology Park and is the final step towards getting the Technology Park underway. The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Palmetto Electric and Beaufort County have also contributed significant funding to the project. CareCore National, LLC plans to expand and create jobs in Bluffton and will serve as the anchor tenant in the technology park. CareCore has agreed to create 150 new jobs. The jobs to be created by CareCore LLC have an average minimum wage of $30,000/per year. CareCore has also agreed to contribute $2.8M toward the construction and equipment for Building One in the park and sign a 10-year lease purchase agreement. The CareCore National expansion will provide new projected payroll of approximately $5 million and will inject approximately $10 million in additional revenue into the South Carolina economy. “This is exciting news for Bluffton and the surrounding community,” said Senator Graham. “Ensuring we have the necessary infrastructure in place is a vital component of our economic development efforts. This investment will hopefully pay dividends for years to come.” “I am thrilled about this funding and the economic impact it will have in the Lowcountry,” said Congressman Wilson. “Bluffton families are now one step closer to having access to hundreds of new jobs, opportunities, and resources through the Technology Park.” “This project is critical to providing quality jobs to the people of the Lowcountry,” said Senator DeMint. “I congratulate the Mayor of Bluffton for his efforts to secure these funds.” “On behalf of Bluffton, we thank Senator DeMint, Senator Graham and Congressman Wilson for their advocacy and tenacity in helping bring federal funding to the May River Technology Park,” said Mayor Hank Johnston. “We are very pleased the US Department of Commerce has recognized the significant role the Technology Park will play in diversifying the region’s economy.” About the EDA The mission of the EDA is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. The Economic Development Administration (EDA) was established under the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. § 3121), as amended, to generate jobs, help retain existing jobs, and stimulate industrial and commercial growth in economically distressed areas of the United States. EDA assistance is available to rural and urban areas of the Nation experiencing high unemployment, low income, or other severe economic distress. In fulfilling its mission, EDA is guided by the basic principle that distressed communities must be empowered to develop and implement their own economic development and revitalization strategies. Based on these locally- and regionally-developed priorities, EDA works in partnership with state and local governments, regional economic development districts, public and private nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes. EDA helps distressed communities address problems associated with long-term economic distress, as well as sudden and severe economic dislocations including recovering from the economic impacts of natural disasters, the closure of military installations and other Federal facilities, changing trade patterns, and the depletion of natural resources. ###