Jan 20 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement: “Today is a chance for all of us to celebrate the fact we have a long-standing tradition of peaceful transfers of power. There are countless countries in the world that would dream of having a day like this. “In his second term, President Bush has a chance to take on domestic and foreign policy problems that will set the tone for this century. “Reforming Social Security is a big item on his agenda. The president is right when he says it’s a system in need of repair. It’s important we make the tough choices today to ensure Social Security is there for future generations of Americans. “The President is also right when he says that our security is also dependent on other parts of the world being free. We’ve seen from 9-11 that if you have regimes allowing terrorists to thrive, we will pay a price. Our goal in this century is to ensure liberty can be spread. Freedom around the world helps make us more secure. “This will be a bold second term by President Bush and I look forward to helping him strengthen America.” #####

Jan 19 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $340,000 in grants to fire departments in Gaston, Neeses, and St. Matthews. “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 grants were awarded in one of two program areas:
  • Operations and Firefighter Safety Program: The funds 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.
  • Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Program: The funds may be used for the purchase of firefighting vehicles including pumpers, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats.
The grants awarded include: Gaston Gaston Fire Department will receive a $13,950 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Neeses Neeses Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $166,500 Firefighting Vehicle Grant. St. Matthews Belleville Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $162,000 Firefighting Vehicle Grant. 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. ####

Jan 13 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Benedict College will receive a $95,000 University Center Program Grant to assist in economic development within predominantly minority communities. The funds will be used to provide technical assistance and applied research to minority owned businesses in Allendale, Bamberg, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Marion, and Williamsburg counties. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, will be matched by a $95,000 contribution from Benedict College. ####

Jan 12 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Columbia Fire Department will receive a $175,398 firefighting 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 Assistance to Firefighters Grant will help the fire department improve their training, wellness and fitness programs; purchase new firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and, make modifications to fire stations and facilities. 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. ####

Jan 10 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Five Rivers Community Development Corporation in Georgetown will receive a $994,100 economic development special project grant. The funds will be used for economic development and affordable housing. The money was appropriated in the Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ####

Jan 06 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the train accident in Graniteville. “My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been adversely affected by this accident. “I also want to thank all of those who are giving their time and talent in assistance to the local community trying to recover from this accident. My office will continue to work to ensure they have all the tools they need available to them. “My office remains in contact with federal officials responsible for looking into and determining the cause of this accident. I look forward to hearing from those officials to ensure we take the necessary steps to prevent another accident from occurring again in the future. “The congressional delegation will continue to monitor this situation and will stand ready to offer additional assistance if the need arises.” #####

Jan 06 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced DESA, Inc. in Columbia has been awarded a $240,599 grant to support its Minority Business Development Center. The Center provides business development services to socially or economically disadvantaged firms and individuals entering, expanding, or maintaining their efforts in the competitive marketplace. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce. ####

Jan 05 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Clemson University has been awarded a three-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct nuclear energy research and development. This year, Clemson will receive $289,000 to conduct research. Over the next three years, the project has the potential to bring more than $800,000 to Clemson. The award was announced by the U.S. Department of Energy. ####

Jan 04 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the swearing-in of fellow U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina). “Jim is a great addition to the Senate. I think we’ll be good partners working together to move the conservative reform movement forward. He comes with years of experience in the House of Representatives and will hit the ground running. “The committees Jim will serve on, particularly the Commerce Committee and the Public Works Committee, will be of great benefit to South Carolina. Between the two of us, our committees will cover a wide variety of issues and we’ll be helpful to our state. “Jim’s a solid conservative who is open to new ideas about reforming the federal government. I really look forward to serving with him. He’s a first-class guy and a great public servant.” #####

Jan 04 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the President’s efforts to strengthen Social Security. "President Bush is serious about saving Social Security. "I have every confidence he will make the tough choices necessary to save Social Security for future generations of Americans. We should all be very proud of him for his leadership on this most difficult issue. "I will continue to work with the President and others in developing a personal account component to Social Security that is structurally sound, affordable, doesn't rely on budgetary gimmicks, and bipartisan in nature. Personal accounts, combined with other reforms, will ensure Social Security is permanently solvent and sustainable. "Personal accounts are a major element in Social Security reform and the establishment of these accounts will help millions of Americans build a nest egg for their retirement. "The President's leadership in advocating the need for reform is indispensable. I look forward to working with him and others to turn Social Security reform into reality." #####