Dec 17 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the announcement of workforce reductions at Savannah River Site (SRS): “As I’ve indicated in the past, the force levels at SRS will inevitably be reduced as we move toward completion of the cleanup mission. “The layoffs are a result of the workload being reduced as we transition from cleanup to preparing for new missions – not a lack of federal funding for SRS. The Fiscal Year 2005 budget for SRS allows all existing projects to move forward -- some ahead of schedule -- in the area of cleanup. It also keeps the future development of new missions on track. “There will be more layoffs as we clean up the Site and the future missions will not be sufficient to maintain the current level of employment. Now more than ever, it is important we diversify the economy of the region. I’m hopeful we can create a new private sector-based economy focusing on hydrogen and other research projects leading to a robust and stable economy for the area for decades to come. “New missions such as MOX, combined with SRS’s new status as a national laboratory, will create some future employment opportunities -- many of them in the private sector. “However, all the new potential missions and the on-going cleanup efforts, will not be sufficient to maintain the current level of employment. It is a hard reality we face post Cold-War and a fact I have stated on numerous occasions. Post-Cold War, SRS’s employment levels will never be what they were and will continue to decline even as new missions come on board. “This dynamic is a hard reality. It’s something we need to continue preparing for and why the national lab is so important to the future of the area. ####

Dec 15 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $445,000 in grants to fire departments in Moncks Corner, Orangeburg, and Plum Branch. “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 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grants help fire departments purchase firefighting vehicles including pumpers, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats. The grants awarded include: Moncks Corner Pimlico Rural Volunteer Fire Department will receive $88,830. Orangeburg Pine Hill Fire and Rescue Department will receive $196,515. Plum Branch Plum Branch Volunteer Fire Department will receive $162,000. 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 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced youth programs in Allendale County, Lancaster County, and North Charleston will receive nearly $1.2 million in federal grants to help young adults complete high school and receive on-the-job training in construction. The Youthbuild program assists students age 16 to 24. Students in the program complete their high school education and build or renovate single-family homes and multi-family apartments. The units are then sold to low-income individuals and families. Allendale County Allendale County ALIVE, Inc. will receive $400,000. Lancaster County Lancaster County School District will receive $396,399. North Charleston GATE (Garrett Academic Apprenticeship, Training) will receive $400,000. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ####

Dec 09 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on Social Security reform. “President Bush is absolutely right when he says you cannot save Social Security by raising payroll taxes. “To maintain solvency by simply raising taxes, the Social Security Administration says payroll tax rates would have to increase nearly 50 percent or we’ll need $3.5 trillion new dollars – in the bank earning interest – today. It would be catastrophic to our economy to try to save Social Security by raising taxes alone. “The solution to the problem facing the system are the reforms being pushed by the President. They include optional personal investment accounts for younger workers along with other structural changes. “The President is right, current retirees or those nearing retirement age, will not be affected by any future reforms. Their benefits will be protected. “The President’s call for bipartisanship is essential as it is the only way we will save Social Security. “Those of us committed to reforming Social Security must honestly deal with the transition costs that come about when personal accounts are established. Under my plan, which has been evaluated by the Social Security Administration, we are able to achieve permanent solvency, but the transition costs are over $1 trillion. “To garner bipartisan support, I am proposing we look at a mix of options to pay for the transition costs. The goal is to use combined measures to finance the transition costs that would avoid a further dramatic increase in the deficit which inevitably comes about by borrowing the full transition costs. “I am firmly convinced many Republicans and Democrats will embrace reasonable reform if the reforms do not rely on budget gimmicks or explode the deficit. “Four things are necessary to save Social Security – presidential leadership, bipartisan support, the rejection of rigid ideology preventing workable solutions, and shared sacrifice by the American people. President Bush is the right person at the right time to help save Social Security. “Social Security is a national treasure. To allow this historic moment to pass without a permanent solution saving the system for future generations would be a national shame. #####

Dec 08 2004

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made the following statement after the Senate passed the Intelligence Reform Bill by a vote of 89-2. “The intelligence reform bill passed today is a responsible step in the right direction and will help correct some of the deficiencies in our intelligence programs. “I am pleased Congress and the White House have worked together to produce a bill that will provide substantive improvements to our nation’s intelligence community. The bill incorporates the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and has protections to ensure our men and women in uniform have the best intelligence available to fight the War on Terror. “The legislation introduces a new level of accountability and central authority into our intelligence community. It will also promote the dissemination of information among federal agencies that was lacking before 9/11. It is not a cure for all the problems facing the country, but it is a good start off of which we can build. “The concerns raised with regard to immigration reform are legitimate. We need to address those issues early in the next Congress.” ####

Dec 02 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced CareSouth Carolina, Inc. in Hartsville will receive a $325,000 grant to assist in providing primary healthcare services to the surrounding area. Graham is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Community Health Center grants are designed to promote the development and operation of community-based primary health care service systems in medically underserved areas. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Dec 01 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the announcement Vought Aircraft Industries and Alenia Aeronautica will open a plant in North Charleston. Graham said: “Today’s decision by Vought-Alenia to locate a new facility in South Carolina is one of the most important economic development events in recent memory. South Carolina is fortunate to welcome world-class aviation entrepreneurs to our state’s business community. “Governor Sanford and Secretary Faith overcame unbelievable competition to turn this day into reality. The business proposal they put together demonstrated a deep understanding of the entrepreneurial economy and how our state can be a valuable partner in such endeavors. I had the pleasure of witnessing first-hand their efforts to make this a winning agreement for all parties. They did a great job and deserve much praise for today’s announcement. “This truly is a defining moment in South Carolina’s efforts to diversify our economy and help lay the foundation for other business opportunities in the aviation industry.” #####

Dec 01 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $700,000 in grants to fire departments in Greenville, McClellanville, Moncks Corner, Reidville, Ridge Spring, St. Matthews, Spartanburg, and Yemassee. “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 Grants will help the fire departments improve their training, wellness and fitness programs; purchase new firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and, make modifications to fire stations and facilities. Greenville Gantt Fire Department will receive $43,200. Piedmont Park Fire Department will receive $208,809. McClellanville South Santee Germantown Volunteer Fire Department will receive $24,964. Moncks Corner Moncks Corner Rural Fire Department will receive $99,000. Reidville Reidville Area Fire District will receive $69,300. Ridge Spring Ridge Spring Volunteer Fire Department will receive $56,187. St. Matthews St. Matthews Fire Department will receive $61,920. Spartanburg North Spartanburg Fire District will receive $119,344. Yemassee Yemassee Fire and Rescue will receive $23,220. 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 30 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $326,000 in grants to fire departments in Bath and Simpsonville. “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 Grants will help the fire departments improve their training, wellness and fitness programs; purchase new firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and, make modifications to fire stations and facilities. Bath Bath Fire Department will receive $61,956. Simpsonville Simpsonville Fire Department will receive $264,240. 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 30 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will receive approximately $3 million in assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the form of vaccines for children. DHEC has been the recipient of more than $19.6 million dollars worth of vaccines from CDC in 2004. All awards were made under the Immunization and Vaccines for Children grant program. The most recent round of vaccine delivery was announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####