Sep 28 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Palmetto Project, Inc. in Charleston will receive a $1,189,191 Healthy Communities Access Program (HCAP) grant. HCAP grants provide funding to public and private healthcare providers as well as social service, local government and other community-based organizations to strengthen health services for the uninsured and underinsured. The Palmetto Project is a private, non-profit initiative to put new and creative ideas to work in South Carolina. Additional information on the organization can be found on their website: http://www.palmettoproject.org. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Sep 28 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced more than $607,000 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: Folly Beach Folly Beach Fire Department will receive $40,409. Inman New Prospect Fire Department will receive $103,357. Lancaster Bell Town Volunteer Fire Department will receive $37,972. Lancaster Fire Department will receive $108,832. Mayo Mayo Area Fire District will receive $89,290. Moncks Corner Whitesville Rural Volunteer Fire Department will receive $29,583. Neeses Neeses Volunteer Fire Department will receive $152,132. Olanta Olanta Rural Fire Department will receive $46,313. 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. ####

Sep 28 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced $1 million in federal funding will be used for land acquisition at Forty-Acre Rock Heritage Preserve in Lancaster County. The funding will help with the purchase of 2,459 acres to supplement the Preserve, providing a buffer and protection for numerous rare species. The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. ####

Sep 27 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the University of South Carolina Research Foundation will receive $3,942,626 for construction of the Modern Political Collections wing at the Thomas Cooper Library. The Modern Political Collections wing will be the permanent home to archives of long-time South Carolina Senator Fritz Hollings. In addition, the Ernest F. Hollings Center for Public Policy research will be housed in the new facility. The funds were approved in the Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. ####

Sep 27 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint cast their votes last week in favor of the Fiscal Year 2006 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that contains more than $8.7 million for South Carolina related projects.

“I am pleased that our Congressional delegation worked together to secure funding for these projects,” said Graham.

South Carolina related projects funded in the bill include:

Charleston

  • $3 million for modernization of the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory
  • $100,000 for research on integrated disease management strategies on livestock and crops

Clemson University

  • $1.19 million to for a land use change study
  • $282,000 for crop/pest interaction study
  • $278,000 for peach tree short life study

Florence

  • $250,000 increase in funding for swine lagoon alternatives research at the Agricultural Research Station (ARS)
  • The bill provides language permitting the purchase of land by the ARS research laboratory

South Carolina Related

  • $3.94 million for the Southern Shrimp Alliance

The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Bush.

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Sep 26 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Rock Hill will receive a $525,907 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The CDBG program develops communities and provides housing by expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income households. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ####

Sep 23 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $1.1 million in federal grants to support two National Estuarine Research Reserves in South Carolina. The University of South Carolina Research Foundation will receive a $579,724 grant for administration, operation, and maintenance at North Inlet-Winyah Bay in Georgetown County. In addition, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will receive a $555,000 grant for administration, operation, and maintenance at ACE Basin in Charleston. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce. ####

Sep 22 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced nearly $1.25 million in federal grants for parks throughout South Carolina. Edisto Beach The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism will receive $249,808 for the redevelopment of the Live Oak Boat Landing and Dock at Edisto Beach State Park. The funds will be used for the replacement of the boat launch and dock facilities. Kershaw County Kershaw County will receive $250,000 for improvements at Lugoff-Elgin Recreation Complex Phase I. The funds will be used for the construction of four baseball/softball fields, three soccer fields, two tennis courts, a walking trail, restrooms, and parking. Myrtle Beach The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism will receive $500,000 for improvements at Myrtle Beach State Park. The funds will be used to enhance beach access and dune preservation with the construction of dune crosswalks, boardwalks, and concrete walks. Rock Hill The City of Rock Hill will receive $250,000 for improvements at Glencairn Garden. The funds will be used for the enhancement of trails, terraces, streambeds, and a pond. The grants were awarded by the National Park Service. ####

Sep 22 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today said he was pleased the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the United States. The vote in committee was 13-5 with Graham voting in support of the nominee. “Judge Roberts is a well-qualified nominee and may be the best legal mind in the country today,” said Graham. “There’s no doubt President Bush chose wisely when he nominated him for this important position. I’m pleased Judge Roberts received bipartisan support in the committee and confident he will be confirmed by the full Senate.” Graham did note some disappointment in the fact Judge Roberts, who has an impeccable legal background and credentials for the position, did not receive a unanimous vote in committee like some previous nominees. He cited Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative nominated by former President Reagan, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a liberal nominated by former President Clinton, as being examples of nominees who were qualified for their positions and received unanimous votes -- even though all Senators did not agree with their legal philosophies. “When a President campaigns on picking Supreme Court nominees of a certain mold and wins the election, we should give deference to them,” said Graham. “If the nominee is well-qualified and of good character and integrity, they should be confirmed in an overwhelming fashion. Unfortunately, I’m afraid some Senators are now trying to create political tests with their votes. “I’m very concerned about what I see happening in the Senate,” said Graham. “We appear to be getting away from judging a nominee’s qualifications and beginning to administer political allegiance tests. This new standard will be bad for the judiciary and bad for the country. It’s not something I support.” Graham also noted that even after Roberts is confirmed President Bush still has one vacancy on the Supreme Court to fill. “I urge the President to fulfill his campaign promise and pick another well-qualified strict constructionist for the Supreme Court,” said Graham. #####

Sep 22 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Judicial Department will receive $24,715,412 to modernize courts throughout the state. The funds will be used to improve the legal infrastructure in all forty-six counties including the deployment of a statewide case management system, web technologies that provide better access to information, and upgrades in both physical and information security. The funds were approved in the Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. ####