Jul 19 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the nomination of Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court. Graham said: "With the nomination of Judge John Roberts, the American people are getting an extremely qualified nominee with impeccable legal credentials. He also happens to be a very decent and honorable man. In a single word, John Roberts is 'solid.' "Judge Roberts is a solid conservative who understands the role of a judge is to interpret the law and not legislate from the bench. He is a truly an oustanding choice the entire country can be proud of as he is one of the best legal minds of his generation. "Judge Roberts represents a new generation of Associate Justices for the Supreme Court. I expect him to be fairly and decently treated by the Senate. Based on his qualifications, temperment and character he will be confirmed by an up-or-down vote. "Judge Roberts also holds the unique distinction of being confirmed for his current position on the D.C. Court of Appeals, the nation's second-highest court, by unanimous consent. This has rarely occured and is the best indication about how the Senate feels about John Roberts. "In 2003, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee I strongly supported John Robert's nomination to the D.C. Court of Appeals. Over the past two years, I've heard nothing to change my opinion about Judge Roberts." ####

Jul 07 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the bombings in London. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of London who have been affected by this attack. “The contrast, described by President Bush between the terrorists who indiscriminately kill and the leaders of the G-8 trying to solve world problems, was right-on. It also presents the best description of our terrorist enemies as being ruthless and having no regard for human life. They must be dealt with by aggressive action and a strong will. #####

Jul 06 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Richland School District Two will receive a $1,599,935 Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) Grant. The SLC program is designed to promote academic achievement through small, safe, and successful learning environments in large high schools. The funds will be used to develop smaller learning communities at Ridge View High School and Blythewood High School. Smaller learning communities are intended to personalize the environment and ensure student success by implementing the District’s Communities of Learners Accelerate Student Success (CLASS) program. CLASS places emphasis on relationships, rigor and relevancy. Last month, Graham announced Richland School District One would receive a $2.5 million SLC Grant to be used at Dreher and Lower Richland High Schools. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Jul 06 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Lowcountry Area Health Education Center in Varnville and the Medical University of South Carolina will receive a $358,396 grant to support the South Carolina Rural Interdisciplinary Program of Training (SCRIPT). SCRIPT trains health care professionals to function within interdisciplinary teams to deliver care or conduct research in rural communities. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Jul 06 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Florence School District One will receive a $3,999,935 Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) Grant. The SLC program is designed to promote academic achievement through small, safe, and successful learning environments in large high schools. The funds will be used at five high schools in Florence and Darlington including: Darlington, Hartsville, South Florence, West Florence and Wilson. The funds will be used to create highly personalized school-within-a-school environments in each high school. The program, known as STARS (Small Teams Achieving Results for Students), will use instructional strategies, services, and interventions to boost overall academic performance and narrow the achievement gap in student subgroups. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Jul 06 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will receive more than $9 million for projects along South Carolina’s coast. The funds include: Berkeley County
  • $100,000 for an assessment study of the Cooper River.
Charleston
  • $2.9 million for operations and maintenance at the Cooper River.
  • $100,000 for a feasibility study on storm drainage reduction on Edisto Island.
Georgetown County
  • $2.6 million for the planning, design and construction of a protective sand berm on Pawleys Island.
  • $100,000 for environmental restoration at the Santee Delta.
Horry County
  • $100,000 for beach renourishment at Myrtle Beach.
  • $50,000 for a Waccamaw River watershed modeling project.
  • $50,000 for a storm water drainage study at Surfside Beach.
Statewide
  • $3 million for maintenance of the Intracoastal Waterway in South Carolina.
“I am pleased our colleagues have recognized the importance of these projects to South Carolina,” said Graham. “The funds will help maintain critical parts of our state’s energy infrastructure and preserve our valuable natural resources for the enjoyment of future generations.” "These projects will help ensure commerce will continue to thrive on South Carolina's waterways,” said DeMint. “I'm please that the entire state will benefit by the protection of our state's natural resources." The Senator’s secured the funds in the Fiscal Year 2006 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. The bill passed the Senate in a 92-3 vote. The measure will now be referred to a House-Senate Conference Committee. ####

Jul 05 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Williamsburg Enterprise Community Commission will receive a $190,000 grant to provide business counseling, technical assistance, revolving loan funds, skills development and business support services to small and emerging businesses in the community. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ####

Jul 05 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Western Carolina Higher Education Commission-Salkehatchie Leadership Institute in Allendale will receive $228,098 in grants. The grants will be used to develop an inventory of artisans and craftspeople in the newly-formed Southern Carolina Regional Economic Development Alliance. The project is expected to create 30 jobs and assist 15 businesses. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ####

Jul 05 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced the Army Corps of Engineers will receive more than $16 million for dredging projects in the Charleston and Georgetown areas. The funds include:
  • $11,038,000 for dredging in Charleston Harbor.
  • $4,000,000 for dredging in Georgetown Harbor ($1.5 million for the entrance channel and $3.5 million for Sampit River and Upper Winyah Bay.)
  • $987,000 for dredging in the Folly River
  • $459,000 for dredging in Town Creek
  • “South Carolina’s waterways and harbors are critical to our economy,” said Graham. “They are the backbone of commercial transportation and tourism in South Carolina. We need to ensure they are properly maintained and protected.” “This funding will ensure that South Carolina’s ports can continue to serve as the gateway to the world for America’s exports,” said DeMint. “Our state's economic growth depends on maintaining the Charleston Harbor and our natural assets.” The Senators secured the funds in the 2006 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. The legislation passed the Senate last night by a 92-3 vote. The measure will now be referred to a House-Senate Conference Committee. The Senators also noted they had secured $3 million dollars in the same bill for the maintenance of the Intracoastal Waterway in South Carolina. ####

Jul 05 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today announced the Beech Island Historical Society will receive a $200,000 grant to rehabilitate a turn-of-the-century brick cottonseed barn for use as an agricultural museum. The museum is a recognized site on the Region III South Carolina National Heritage Corridor for Aiken County. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ####