Aug 08 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Myrtle Beach International airport will receive a $340,251 grant. The project will allow for a new regional airport feasibility study to be undertaken by the Northeast Strategic Alliance (NESA) to examine the need for a new regional commercial service airport. Graham has worked closely with NESA on various projects including airport improvements and securing funding for Interstate 73. NESA promotes the development of the ten county area including the historic Pee Dee and Waccamaw regions and the coastal areas of the Grand Strand and Georgetown. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. ####

Aug 08 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Calhoun Falls will receive a $373,100 grant and a $211,000 loan for infrastructure relocation. The funds will be used to relocate water and sewer lines along the new rights of way of Highway 72. The South Carolina Department of Transportation will also contribute $334,226 to this project. The grant and loan were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ####

Aug 08 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced two organizations will receive more than $232,000 in federal grants to benefit Williamsburg County. The Nesmith Community Improvement Association in Kingstree will receive a $132,913 grant to establish a revolving loan fund to assist small and emerging businesses in the county. Telamon Corporation in Columbia will receive a $100,000 grant to repair and rehabilitate low-income homes in the Williamsburg/Lake City Enterprise Community. Both grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ####

Aug 03 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $1.2 million in grants to counties and cities throughout South Carolina to support local law enforcement. Grant recipients include: Counties
  • Aiken County will receive $48,808 to purchase equipment including digital cameras and in-car cameras.
  • Cherokee County will receive $28,725 to purchase a police cruiser and communications equipment.
  • Colleton County will receive $38,806 to purchase radar units.
  • Dillon County will receive $19,163 to purchase communications equipment.
  • Dorchester County will receive $34,125 to purchase computer equipment and software.
  • Florence County will receive $60,810 to improve digital imaging capabilities and purchase vehicle audio/video equipment.
  • Greenville County will receive $224,115 to purchase equipment and fund an adult drug court in the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
  • Laurens County will receive $42,007 to fund several projects including education and fingerprinting programs for children, and a community crime prevention education program.
  • Lee County will receive $15,002 to purchase vehicle equipment and tasers.
  • Marlboro County will receive $22,884 to purchase a four-wheel drive vehicle to assist with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Program.
  • Pickens County will receive $21,203 to enhance the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT).
  • Spartanburg County will receive $122,059 to purchase in-car digital cameras.
  • York County will receive $65,770 to purchase a targeting system for the Weapons Training Facility, communications equipment, and mobile data and field reporting systems.
Cities
  • Bennettsville will receive $16,683 to enhance the Crossroads Program to help eliminate school suspensions.
  • Charleston will receive $78,732 to purchase a firearms training system to be used by multiple law enforcement agencies in the Charleston area.
  • Florence will receive $61,090 to purchase two vehicles, laptop computers, projectors, and office equipment for the Community Services Division.
  • Georgetown will receive $13,642 to deploy a speed monitoring device.
  • Lancaster will receive $35,246 to purchase equipment, computer technology, and other support materials.
  • Mt. Pleasant will receive $10,722 to upgrade evidence/crime scene software.
  • North Charleston will receive $119,459 to purchase equipment including cameras and radar equipment.
  • Spartanburg will receive $96,455 for the purchase mobile data terminals and software and to make tactical enhancements.
  • Summerville will receive $17,163 to purchase and upgrade patrol laptop computers.
  • West Columbia will receive $32,045 to provide enhanced training for officers and to purchase tasers and a defibrillator.
All grants were awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. ####

Aug 02 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Attorney General’s office will receive a $900,000 grant to combat domestic violence. The grant will be used to implement a new project in collaboration with the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The funds will help hire and train three attorneys to prosecute cases in the summary courts of Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Marion, Marlboro, and Williamsburg counties. In addition, the project will hire and train three court advocates to assist victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and child victimization. The grant will also be used to employ a full-time Immigrant Outreach Specialist to coordinate efforts in the Hispanic population. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Aug 02 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the City of Spartanburg will receive a $397,416 grant to combat domestic violence. The grant will support Spartanburg’s collaborative effort with Safe Homes-Rape Crisis to implement a multi-disciplinary response to investigate and prosecute domestic violence cases. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Aug 02 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Anderson Regional Airport will receive a $2.65 million grant for airport improvements. The funds will be used for the final phase of a runway and taxiway extension, and to relocate the medium intensity approach lighting system. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. ####

Aug 01 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on President Bush’s recess appointment of John Bolton as Ambassador to the United Nations. “I completely support the President’s decision to make a recess appointment of John Bolton as Ambassador to the United Nations. He is the right person at the right time to reform the UN. “I am extremely disappointed President Bush had to resort to a recess appointment. However, I believe it is important the President not allow Democrats to void the results of the last election. The filibustering of John Bolton was inappropriate as he has been confirmed by the Senate on four previous occasions. “The world desperately needs a functioning United Nations that is free of corruption and operates efficiently, both of which are lacking at the current moment. John Bolton has the credentials and abilities to right the ship and is an excellent choice as UN Ambassador.” ####

Jul 29 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today voted in support of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. The bill would shield makers of firearms from lawsuits intended to drive them out of business. “I’m pleased Congress has decided to not hold gun manufacturers liable for a criminal’s misuse of a gun,” said Graham. “It’s truly absurd that a gun manufacturer or dealer could be sued because a criminal uses their product in the commission of a crime. It’s the criminal who needs to be held accountable for their actions, not the gun manufacturer.” Graham noted that since 1997 more than 30 cities and counties have sued firearms companies. This has cost the industry over $200 million in legal fees even though most of the cases have been dismissed. The lawsuits are designed to severely weaken or eradicate the firearms and ammunition manufacturing industry in the United States. “Gun manufacturers and dealers are highly regulated and responsible for following the law,” said Graham. “Passage of this legislation will end these frivolous suits which are driving gun manufacturers out of the business and out of the United States.” “I’m also glad we acted because our national security is at stake,” said Graham. “Some of the gun manufacturers who were targets of these frivolous lawsuits also provide firearms to our men and women in the U.S Armed Forces.” ####

Jul 29 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) will vote in support of the Energy bill which is expected to pass the Senate today. The bill has already passed the House of Representatives. The legislation has been a top priority for President Bush since taking office in 2001 and he is expected to sign it into law. The energy bill is a comprehensive national energy policy that seeks to balance domestic energy production with conservation and efficiency efforts. It will also make us less dependent on foreign sources of oil. “This is the biggest legislative breakthrough we have had since I have been in the Senate,” said Graham. “The passage of the energy bill will make us less dependent on Middle East oil, expand and diversify our energy resources, and provide billions for hydrogen research.” Graham noted the legislation contains more than $3.5 billion in funding over the next 5 years for hydrogen research. The hydrogen provision in the bill was largely based upon language authored by Graham and North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) which was introduced in the Senate earlier this year. “Our state is a national leader in hydrogen research,” said Graham. “USC is developing fuel cells, Clemson is working on hydrogen vehicles, and Savannah River Site (SRS) is a leading research facility on hydrogen technologies. What Detroit was to the automotive industry, South Carolina can be to hydrogen.” South Carolina is on the cutting edge of hydrogen research and hydrogen holds the potential to be the new fuel for the 21st Century,” said Graham. “We’ve got research initiatives going on across the state and we’re on the ground floor in cutting-edge hydrogen research. The legislation will benefit our state by helping push further in hydrogen research.” Graham also praised the nuclear energy provisions in the bill. “This is the biggest move forward for nuclear power in decades by providing tax incentives and research funding to build 21st Century reactors,” said Graham. “Nuclear energy is a clean source of power and one we need to utilize more in the coming years.” “Unfortunately, changes in energy policy will not mean people at the pump will see an immediate decrease in their gas prices,” said Graham. “Like President Bush has said, ‘I wish I could just wave a wand and lower the price at the pump.’ It’s taken a while for us to get into this situation and it will take a while to begin working our way out. This bill is a big step in the right direction. It meets the major objectives of producing and conserving more energy, diversifying our energy supply, and employing the latest technology to deliver energy. ” #####