Apr 21 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today said John Bolton is the right choice to serve as the United States ambassador to the United Nations. He made the following statement: “John Bolton will serve our nation well as ambassador to the United Nations. He is highly qualified for the position and understands the flaws -- financial and policy-wise -- that exist within the UN. “Mr. Bolton will be an agent of reform. “The United Nations remains an important player on the world stage. However, without reform it will slowly and surely continue to lose credibility in the eyes of many Americans. The ongoing Oil-for-Food scandal is a prime example of the challenges facing the organization. “I believe Mr. Bolton will serve our nation well and the Senate should confirm him to this important position.” #####

Apr 20 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Conway Fire Department will receive a $66,600 Assistance to Firefighters Grant. “Firefighters risk their lives to protect others, and they deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “Firefighters are some of the heroes in our midst.” The funds can be used for prevention and safety activities including public education and awareness; fire code enforcement; fire inspector certifications; the purchase and installation of smoke alarms and fire suppression systems; wildland/wildfire mitigation; and arson prevention and detection. 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. ####

Apr 20 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $1 million in federal grants for airports in Pelion, Ridgeland, and St. George. Pelion The Town of Pelion will receive a $321,696 grant for the construction of a new fuel farm facility at the Pelion Airport. Ridgeland Jasper County will receive a $50,000 grant for airfield pavement maintenance and rehabilitation and relocation of existing runway lighting at the Ridgeland Airport. St. George Dorchester County will receive a $700,000 grant for runway and apron rehabilitation at the St. George Airport. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. ####

Apr 18 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement after President Bush addressed a joint session of the South Carolina General Assembly. “The President has done an excellent job of defining the demographic problems facing Social Security. “Millions of Americans rely on Social Security as a means of survival. The Social Security safety net is a common bond that brings us all together and I am pleased President Bush is focusing on this aspect of the program. “I was also encouraged to hear President Bush reiterate all options were on table, except for raising the 12.4 percent tax rate and changing the program for those at or near retirement. “I anticipate and hope that after his sixty-day tour of the nation the President will present more specific ideas to the nation.” ####

Apr 13 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Darkness to Light in Charleston will receive $445,031 in federal funds to develop and implement a web-based training program to help employees and volunteers of youth/faith organizations prevent, recognize and respond to child sexual abuse. Graham secured the funds in the Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Adults who complete the online training program will be educated about the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse. As part of the program, each participant develops a personal ‘action plan’ to better safeguard children. The online training includes creative learning exercises and innovative experiential scenarios to teach adults how to recognize the signs of sexual abuse and what to do when abuse is discovered. At the end of every training program, participants are given a test to assess how much they have learned and where there is need for further review. With this training program adults around the country can be properly informed about child sexual abuse and provided with the necessary tools to protect children. The funds are awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce. ####

Apr 11 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $1.25 million in federal grants for community health center grants in Greenville and Manning. New Horizon’s Family Health Services in Greenville will receive a $522,938 grant, and Black River Healthcare in Manning will receive a $733,333 grant. 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 grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Apr 08 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded South Carolina more than $42 million in grant money for 2005. The awards consist of $26.51 million for the Community Development Block Grant Program; $12.99 million for the HOME Investment Partnership Program; $1.47 million for the Emergency Shelter Grant Program; $1.36 million for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program; and $445,207 for the American Dream Down Payment Initiative.
  • The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) develops communities and provides housing by expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income households.
  • The HOME Investment Partnership Program creates affordable housing for by allowing communities to design and implement strategies tailored to their own needs and priorities.
  • The Emergency Shelter Grant Program provides funds for the rehabilitation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelter.
  • The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program addresses the housing needs of persons diagnosed with AIDS.
  • 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. ####

Apr 07 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Health Care Partners of South Carolina, Inc. in Conway will receive a $1,396,718 Community Health Center grant. 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 grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Apr 07 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has been awarded four grants totaling more than $895,000. The grants include:
  • $283,500 to conduct blood disease research.
  • $255,500 to study drug interactions.
  • $203,670 to conduct mental health research in treating the effects of child sexual abuse.
  • $154,135 for digestive disease and nutrition research.
The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Apr 07 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham’s (R-South Carolina) and Charles Schumer’s (D-New York) work over the past two years trying to get China to stop manipulating its currency received a major boost today when the pair announced the Republican and Democratic leadership in the Senate had agreed to a floor vote on their legislation. “Getting a straight up-or-down vote on our bill is what we have wanted all along,” said Graham. “China needs to reform its trade practices or suffer serious reprisals. For two years, I’ve been telling China it’s time to transition to a market-based currency. The Senate’s vote was the most positive step in years when it comes to reforming Chinese trade practices.” The issue was brought to a head when Graham and Schumer offered their legislation as an amendment to the Foreign Affairs Authorization Act. A procedural motion to table the amendment was brought forward and soundly defeated in a bipartisan 67-33 vote, a majority of Republicans and Democrats opposed the measure. Graham and Schumer then worked with the leadership in both parties to come to a written agreement on timing of a straight up-or-down vote on their free-standing bill, S. 295, no later than July 27. The pair then agreed to withdraw their amendment. The bill calls for a 180-day negotiation period between the United States and China to revalue its currency. If the negotiations are not successful, a temporary across the board tariff of 27.5 percent would be applied to all Chinese products entering the United States. If the President determines at the end of the negotiation period China has developed and started actual implementation of a plan to revalue its currency, he may delay imposition of the tariff for another twelve months. “Two-thirds of the Senate expressed displeasure with Chinese trade practices,” said Graham. “If China wants to be part of the international community, it’s time for them to clean up their act. Until they start playing by the rules, our manufacturing industry will continue to bleed jobs because of unfair Chinese trade practices.” The yuan -- sometimes known as renminbi -- has been tightly pegged to the U.S. dollar since 1994 (approximately 8.28 Yuan to the dollar). If China’s currency freely floated in the market, as is the case with virtually all major world currencies, it would have appreciated substantially. “I appreciate the efforts of the Bush Administration to move the Chinese to a market based currency,” said Graham. “I think our effort in the Senate will be helpful in that endeavor.” #####