Sep 29 2004
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the University of South Carolina (USC) will receive a $2,158,370 grant to conduct hydrogen research. The grant will enable the university to focus on the production, storage, and uses of hydrogen. Hydrogen is viewed as a fuel source capable of lessening our nation’s dependence on oil from the Middle East. At USC and other institutions around the state, research into hydrogen and its ability to power everything from automobiles to power plants has intensified. In the U.S. Senate, Graham serves as co-chairman of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus, a bipartisan group of twelve Senators dedicated to pushing hydrogen research forward. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. #####
Sep 28 2004
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), a member of the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, today announced schools in Charleston and Lancaster counties have been selected to receive education grants.
- Charleston County School District will receive $2,223,201.
- Lancaster County School District will receive $398,793.
Sep 27 2004
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced over $2.6 million in grants to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the South Carolina Budget & Control Board. The SCDNR grants include:
- $1,814,940 to assess and identify high priority commercial and recreational fisheries management research needs. This will include a study of the habitats upon which those fisheries depend as well as implementing cooperative research/monitoring projects that address those needs.
- $441,985 grant to assist in the marking and recapturing of red drum in coastal South Carolina.
- $441,707 grant to help counties continue their multi-year statewide mapping and Land Information System (LIS) in the state.
Sep 27 2004
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on Senator Edward Kennedy’s (D-Massachusetts) remarks at George Washington University where he attacked President Bush’s handling of the Iraq war and even said he thanked God that President Bush was not President during the Cuban missile crisis. In his prepared remarks Kennedy said, “The President's handling of the war has been a toxic mix of ignorance, arrogance, and stubborn ideology.” He also said, “Iraq has been a constant perilous distraction from the real war on terrorism.” Graham responded: “Senator Kennedy’s evaluation and criticism of the war effort is over the top and represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of the conflict we are in and the nature of our enemy. “Unfortunately, the consequences of the verbal attacks from Senators Kennedy and John Kerry will only deflate our allies who are fighting and dying for freedom in Iraq. “The Kennedy/Kerry model of promising withdrawal beginning next year sends the wrong signal to the terrorists. Their comments embolden those trying to deny democracy to the Iraqi people. That’s not the kind of encouragement pro-democracy forces, who are risking their lives, need at this time. “Thank God President Bush understands our current crisis is not the Cuban Missile Crisis but involves a ruthless enemy our nation cannot negotiate with. “Thank God President Bush understands that ruthless, brutal regimes like Saddam Hussein must be dealt with aggressively. We can see from Libya’s efforts to dismantle their weapons program that strong responses do work in the Middle East. “Finally, thank God President Bush understands the limitations of the United Nations. The Kennedy/Kerry model of turning over control to the U.N. ignores the fact the U.N. has had a pathetic record when it comes to controlling ruthless dictators. “The Kennedy/Kerry model of withdrawal, defeatism, and over-reliance on the U.N. is a formula for disaster. Their plan would certainly destroy any possibility of creating a democratic Iraq which would be a transforming event for the Middle East. Future stability in Iraq will lead to greater stability in the Middle East. “There’s no doubt in my mind the Kennedy/Kerry plan is the wrong plan for America and winning the war on terrorism.” #####
Sep 22 2004
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than one million dollars in grants to fire departments in Awendaw, Barnwell, Bonneau, Clarks Hill, Gaffney, Heath Springs, Lancaster, Mauldin, Mayo, and Pelion. “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 are awarded in one of two program areas:
- Firefighting 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.
Sep 17 2004
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Fritz Hollings (D-SC) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today announced they will combine the resources of their offices to aggressively push for federal funding to help alleviate the financial burden placed on families and businesses as a result of destruction caused by Hurricanes Ivan and Frances. “Senator Hollings and I are closely monitoring those counties affected by recent hurricanes and tornados and will aggressively pursue federal aid for those areas that qualify,” said Graham. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered as a result of these storms. Senator Hollings and I will do everything within our power to help the state receive appropriate and timely relief from the federal government.” "When you think of hurricanes, you think of the coastal areas. But we've seen over the last few weeks, the Upstate has suffered. We will work together to repair the damages and provide assistance to hurricane victims all over the state," said Senator Hollings. This year, South Carolina has been affected by Hurricanes Charley, Francis, Ivan and Tropical Storms Bonnie and Gaston. Following Tropical Storm Gaston, Berkeley, Charleston and Williamsburg counties were declared federal disaster areas. ####
Sep 11 2004
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. "The past three years the country has shown that we will make whatever sacrifice is necesary in terms of blood and treasure to maintain our freedom. The heroic acts of the 9/11 heroes have been duplicated by this generation of American servicemen and women. Their actions and courage will maintain our freedom. "The past three years has seen the killing or capturing of many organizers of the 9/11 attacks, the destruction of the Taliban regime, and the freeing of the Afghan and Iraqi people. Much is left to be done and future attacks are likely, but in the end our actions and values will prevail." ####
Sep 09 2004
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced $1,086,650 in federal funds has been released to aid the City of Greenville in developing an Emergency Operations Center at the Palmetto Expo Center. Graham secured the funds in the Fiscal Year 2004 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. The funds will be used to purchase security cameras and install exterior fencing to help secure emergency vehicles. In addition, this request will support conceptual planning for long-term building renovations and near-term contingency planning for building security improvements. “The Expo Center serves as the primary emergency evacuation center for many emergency situations throughout the Upstate and the surrounding region,” said Graham. “The importance of providing a secure facility for homeland security purposes has increased since 9-11, and this project is an essential first step toward increasing the security of the Expo Center.” Although funds have been released, city officials must submit a revised project narrative and budget before they may be utilized. The money was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####
Sep 08 2004
Graham Statement on Senator Kerry’s Opposition to Personal Investment Accounts Becoming Part of Social Security
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on Senator John Kerry’s opposition to creating personal investment accounts as an addition to Social Security. Kerry made his comments in Cincinnati, Ohio. Graham said: “Preventing the impending bankruptcy of Social Security is one of the greatest challenges facing our nation. Unfortunately, Senator Kerry has chosen to demagogue personal investment accounts and has failed to offer his own plan to save Social Security. “This issue is too important for politics as usual. Anyone wishing to lead our nation should offer proposals to strengthen Social Security for future generations. I hope Senators Kerry and John Edwards will offer a constructive solution to this problem. Without leadership the problems facing Social Security will only get worse. “Senator Kerry, it is not enough to say what you are against. Please also tell us what you support. “Failure to stand up and say what you support when it comes to saving Social Security from impending bankruptcy is a failure of leadership.” ##### Background on Social Security and Senator Lindsey Graham:
- Without Social Security, millions of Americans who rely on the program for their retirement, disability, and survivor’s income would live in poverty.
- Unfortunately, Social Security as it is currently structured faces serious financial problems. As former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-New York) wrote in the Final Report of the President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security, “… Social Security is in need of an overhaul. The system is not sustainable as it is currently structured.”
- The Trustees of Social Security have warned us of the serious, structural problems facing the system. In 2018, for the first time in history, the program will begin to pay out more in benefits than it takes in as taxes. In 2042, the “trust fund” will be insolvent and unable to pay full benefits to retirees.
- The problems facing Social Security are due in large part to demographic changes in the United States. In 1950, there were 16 workers supporting 1 retiree. Today, the ratio is 3 to 1. Within a generation, the ratio will drop to 2 to 1.
- In just five short years, the first wave of baby boomers will be eligible to receive Social Security benefits. Between 2011 and 2030, the number of Social Security recipients will increase 65 percent, while the working, taxpaying population will only increase 8 percent.
- The combined shortfall in Social Security and Medicare is 5 times as large as all of today’s publicly held debt and 8 times as large as total federal spending in 2002.
- To keep Social Security solvent in the future, we have three choices. We can raise payroll taxes by 50 percent, cut benefits by 30 percent or modernize the system though innovative reforms that include personal accounts.
- The Social Security Solvency and Modernization Act introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) will put the system on solid financial footing by giving workers a choice of ways to balance the system.
- The Graham plan makes no false promises – each option leads to solvency for the system.
- The Social Security Solvency and Modernization Act reduces the cost of Social Security substantially and saves our children and grandchildren from a crushing financial burden.