Dec 22 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint announced Congress has approved more than $100 million in South Carolina related defense projects. The funding was included in the Fiscal Year 2006 Defense Appropriations Bill. The bill passed the Senate 93-0. “South Carolina is in the forefront of developing cutting-edge military technology and equipping our men and women in uniform,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Many people in our state give their time, talent, and even their lives to provide for the defense of freedom throughout the world. The patriotism of South Carolina is unmatched. This bill will ensure that America continues to have the best trained and equipped fighting force in history.” “This legislation recognizes South Carolina’s cutting edge research and development and equipment production capabilities,” said DeMint. “This bill will benefit our military and fund the equipment necessary to sustain our men and women in uniform. I am proud of the role South Carolina plays in defending our nation and keeping us safe.” Projects funded in the bill include: LOWCOUNTRY: * $27 million for the purchase of two C-17 Maintenance Training Systems produced in Summerville. * $3 million for the purchase of Quadruple Specialty Containers produced in Charleston. * $3 million for the development of the Joint Threat Warning System, an air communication surveillance system that provides direct warning to aircrafts operating over hostile territory, enhancing situational awareness and increasing aircrew survivability and the probability of mission success. Development is based in Charleston. * $2.25 million for the South Carolina Research Authority to support the Lean Munitions program in Charleston. Lean Munitions will result in ammunition being produced in a timelier and cost efficient manner. * $2 million for the development of an automated container and cargo handling system. The Autolog System will be able to transfer containers from ship-to-ship or ship-to-lighter/dock. Development is based in Charleston. * $2.7 million for the Critical Infrastructure Protection Center in Charleston. * $1.5 million for the development of vaccines for multivalent dengue viruses in Charleston. * $1 million for the additional SecureD real-time data encryption development, testing, and demonstration. UPSTATE: * $2 million to upgrade Combat Casualty Care Equipment, including personnel kits and on-board kits for tactical vehicles. The main production facility is located in Greenville. * $1.75 million for the South Carolina Research Authority to research and develop an active coating technology that adapts in real time to the surrounding situation and environment. The program will be based at Clemson University. * $1.75 million for development of the Advanced Warfighter Sustainment Systems for the 21st Century (AWSS-21). AWSS-21 will provide better packaged and more nutritious food to our soldiers in the field. Research is conducted at Clemson University and in Gray Court. MIDLANDS: * $4.5 million for the purchase of M249 SAW machine guns for the (Army or Marines) and $3.5 million for the (Army or Marines). The M249 is produced in Columbia. * $4 million for research and development of a hemoglobin-based oxygen carrier for out-of-hospital resuscitation of patients with severe hemorrhagic shock. R&D will be done in Sumter. * $1.25 million for the University of South Carolina to conduct brain imaging and deception detection research. The focus of the research will measure brain wave activity and brain metabolism. PIEDMONT: * $5 million to purchase portable tent lighting produced in Clover. * $3.5 million for the purchase of All Terrain Military Utility Vehicles (M-Gator) for the Army National Guard. * $2.25 million for the development of high modulus carbon fibers in York. STATEWIDE * $24.5 million to support the Up-Armored HMMWV and Tactical Truck Crew Trainer Program in the Army National Guard. * $5 million for the purchase of All Terrain Military Utility Vehicles (M-Gator) for the Army. * $3.5 million for research and development of high temperature superconducting generators. Research is being conducted at the University of South Carolina and in Greenville. * $2.25 million for further deployment of the South Carolina Army National Guard’s Vibration Management Enhancement Program, a maintenance diagnostic system, on Guard helicopters. * $2.1 million for the development of an advanced electric drive system for military vehicles. Development is done at facilities throughout South Carolina. ####

Dec 19 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced York Technical College will receive a $1.5 million grant for the construction of the Chester Technical Center. “This Center will be a vital component in the future economic development of Chester County,” said Graham. “It will provide specialized job training for local companies, and will help the County recruit new employers and create jobs.” “This funding provides a critical piece of York Tech's plan to educate and train workers of the future,” said DeMint. “I congratulate York Tech on their efforts to bring the Chester Technical Center to fruition.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce. ####

Dec 16 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on South Carolina’s unemployment figures. “The job losses we have suffered in South Carolina over the past few months are the result of a number of factors including the continued slump in domestic manufacturing. Unfortunately, it’s a phenomena occurring all over the country as our manufacturing sector has been hard-hit. “We’ve had some recent good news when it comes to new jobs locating in the state and I think these efforts will begin to pay off in the coming months. Governor Sanford and the State Department of Commerce’s efforts will create a better business climate and allow us to expand employment opportunities in the state.” #####

Dec 15 2005

Senate Praises the Life of Carroll Campbell

DeMint, Graham sponsor resolution honoring SC’s Former Governor

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senators Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) praised passage of S. Res. 332, a resolution “honoring the life of former Governor Carroll A. Campbell, and expressing the deepest condolences of the Senate to his family.” The resolution, authored by Senator DeMint and cosponsored by Senator Graham, was unanimously agreed to on Wednesday night. “South Carolina has lost one of her favorite sons,” said Graham. “Governor Campbell was a dedicated public servant, and I truly appreciate and admire all he has done for our state. His was a life well-lived, and I am pleased the Senate has honored his legacy.” “The nation lost a leader and a patriot, and I’ve lost a dear friend,” said Senator DeMint. “I’m proud that the entire Senate has paid tribute to Governor Campbell’s life of service. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” FULL TEXT OF S. RES. 332 IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES December 14, 2005 Mr. DEMINT (for himself and Mr. GRAHAM) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RESOLUTION Honoring the life of former Governor Carroll A. Campbell, and expressing the deepest condolences of the Senate to his family. Whereas the Senate has learned with sadness of the death of Governor Carroll Campbell; Whereas Carroll Campbell dedicated a lifetime of service to the State of South Carolina and the United States; Whereas Carroll Campbell served most honorably as the Governor of South Carolina from 1987 to 1995; Whereas from 1979, and until he was elected Governor of South Carolina, Carroll Campbell served with high moral character and integrity in the United States House of Representatives; Whereas Carroll Campbell was the first Republican elected to the House of Representatives for the 4th Congressional District since the Reconstruction period; Whereas during his service as Governor, Carroll Campbell provided extraordinary leadership and comfort to the citizens of South Carolina throughout the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Hugo and the rebuilding of the coast; Whereas Carroll Campbell improved the economy of South Carolina and the livelihood of its citizens by attracting world class businesses; Whereas Carroll Campbell worked diligently to restructure the Government of South Carolina, making it more accessible and responsive to its citizens; Whereas Carroll Campbell focused on improving the quality of public education provided by the State of South Carolina to all of its citizens; Whereas Carroll Campbell was as devoted to his principles as he was to his loving family, which included his wife Iris, his sons Carroll and Mike, and his grandchildren `Blakeney' Herlong Campbell, Carroll `Berrett' Campbell, Michael `Rhodes' Campbell, and Marie `Riley' Campbell; and Whereas Carroll Campbell was a visionary who worked to improve the lives of all South Carolinians: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) extends its prayers and deepest condolences to the entire Campbell family; (2) honors the life of Carroll Campbell and expresses profound gratitude for his years of public service; and (3) acknowledges with appreciation the unfaltering commitment and loyalty of Carroll Campbell to his family and the State of South Carolina. ###

Dec 14 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced more than $230,000 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.” “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: Blacksburg Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department will receive $34,912. Lugoff Pine Grove Volunteer Fire Department will receive $74,865. Pawleys Island Georgetown County Fire District II/Midway Fire Department will receive $127,802. 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. ####

Dec 13 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) will be in Iraq this week. Graham will be part of a group of U.S. Senators observing the Iraqi elections. Other Senators expected to participate in the trip include Joe Biden (D-DE), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA). “I’m honored to represent our nation and witness history in the making,” said Graham. “I hope the Iraqis have a successful election in which there is widespread participation. All Americans want a successful election and to make that happen they need a good turnout and a fair process. “The Iraqi people going to the polls and choosing their elected representatives is a defining moment in the War on Terror,” said Graham. “While a successful election does not equal a functioning democracy, it is a huge step in the right direction.” #####

Dec 07 2005

WASHINGTON -– U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement. “With the passing of Carroll Campbell, South Carolina has lost one of her favorite sons. “Governor Campbell reshaped South Carolina politics and was a trailblazer on many fronts. He was the first Governor to make an aggressive, successful effort to recruit large numbers of international businesses to our state and created a model we still follow today. He also helped reform and improve the way state government works for our citizens. “Republicans of my generation owe a debt of gratitude to Governor Campbell for his role in building the modern Republican Party. His very successful eight years as Governor helped lay the groundwork for the Republican takeover of the state legislature which occurred after he left office. “On the national front, he was a recognized leader and considered as a vice presidential candidate by several presidents. When Carroll Campbell spoke, people throughout the nation listened. “I truly appreciate and admire all he has done for our state. There’s no doubt his lifetime of work will continue to pay dividends to our state for years to come. “His was a life well-lived and my condolences go out to his wife and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.” #####

Nov 30 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement following President Bush’s address on Iraq. “I’m pleased the President reinforced the message that we cannot leave Iraq before victory is achieved. As a nation we need to understand Iraq is part of the War on Terror and directly affects our national security. “The President made the case that a vibrant democracy in Iraq is the antidote to terrorism. The establishment of freedom in Iraq will not work with artificial timetables. However, I do believe progress reports on Iraqi troop training and security operations will be helpful as we move forward. “It would be a huge mistake to suggest to the terrorists fighting in Iraq that we will leave the Iraqi people before they have the capacity to protect their infant democracy from the wolves of terrorism. “If we fail in Iraq, it will only embolden the terrorists and be a body blow to those who are fighting and dying for democracy in the region.” #####

Nov 30 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced more than $230,000 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.” “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: Barnwell Long Branch Fire Department will receive $96,352. Belton Belton Fire Department will receive $133,760. 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. ####

Nov 28 2005

WASHINGTON -– U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made the following statement on the Treasury Department’s currency report issued this afternoon. “It is obvious Chinese currency practices violate international monetary policy and are creating havoc for American manufacturers. To say congressional patience is running out on the currency issue is a tremendous understatement. “The concern China will not like being pressed to change their currency practices buys into the idea the world lives by one set of rules and China lives by another. “The Chinese cannot be part of the international community on their terms alone. When you do business with democracies where push-back is part of the economic and political process, you had better get used to being pressed to play by the rules. “In a give-and-take world, China only believes in taking. “China’s political sensibilities have been accommodated to the breaking point. It’s unhealthy to allow a country the size of China to be immune to criticism, particularly when they choose to not play by the rules. “Communists dictatorships rightly lost favor throughout the world in the 20th Century. I do not intend to help empower their renaissance in the 21st Century by allowing China’s communist dictatorship to play by a different set of rules. The Reagan model of negotiating through strength and honestly evaluating other nations would serve us well in our dealings with China. “I expect in the near future, unless some dramatic change occurs, the Congress will speak loudly and forcefully on China’s continuing currency manipulation.” #####