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 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 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 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." #####

Dec 31 2004

Senator Hollings Has Served Us Well

Op-ed by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham

Trying to follow legends like Fritz Hollings and Strom Thurmond is a tough act. South Carolinians have relied on these two great gentlemen for generations. Fritz Hollings’ retirement is truly an end of an era, and he will be missed by the United States Senate and South Carolina. In paying tribute to Senator Hollings, I first want to recognize the most important people in his life: his wife Peatsy, his children and grandchildren. The Hollings family has been a great benefit to South Carolina and there is no better way to be introduced to our State than to meet Peatsy Hollings. If you had to create an image of a Senator, Fritz Hollings would be the model. He looks, acts, and sounds like a Senator. Senator Hollings has served his state and nation well both during war and peace. In 1942 he graduated from the Citadel as part of a class that received their diplomas in the morning and went off to fight a war the next day. He fought in North Africa and Europe receiving the Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons. If Senator Hollings had done nothing else in life, this would have been an outstanding legacy. At the age of 26, he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives. He went on to become Lieutenant Governor and the youngest Governor in South Carolina history at the time. As Governor, Hollings let it be known that South Carolina would be a government of laws, not men. He challenged our state to accept the inevitable and led the way to the successful integration of Clemson University in 1963. During his Governorship he created our technical school system, which is among the best in the nation. We have thousands of South Carolinians receiving college level education through our technical schools. We have 16 technical colleges now, over 160 career programs and high-tech professionals who have made it possible for major domestic and international business concerns to come to our state. In 1966, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. Senator Hollings’ legislative accomplishments are numerous and varied. His efforts to preserve South Carolina’s environment, particularly our coastal zones, have had national impact. The Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 was the first federal legislation that addressed the needs of coastal areas in the United States. This earned Hollings “Environmentalist of the Year” standing from nearly every group in the nation. In 1976, Hollings’ Ocean Dumping Act and the Maritime Transportation Act changed the way we treat our coastlines as a nation. The coastline of South Carolina and every other coast in the United States will be the beneficiary of his time in the Senate. The first and only national park in South Carolina, Congaree Swamp, was approved a year ago. This accomplishment, along with the ACE Basin project will ensure that future generations of South Carolinians will experience the South Carolina that Fritz Hollings knew as a young man. Senator Hollings was talking about preserving social security and reducing deficits before it was fashionable. Gramm-Rudman-Hollings was an attempt in the 1980s to bring fiscal sanity to the Congress, and has paid dividends to this day. Senator Hollings has been a strong advocate for improved health care and fighting poverty in South Carolina. The Hollings Cancer Institute at MUSC is a direct result of his efforts to provide world class cancer research and treatment to thousands of South Carolinians. I intend to build upon what Senator Hollings has started at MUSC and the possibilities for healthcare breakthroughs are immense. In conclusion, Senator Hollings has been a worthy political opponent, a strong advocate for South Carolina, and truly a larger than life figure on the political stage. He has an unsurpassed wit, sharp tongue, and for those who know him best, a big heart. He and his staff have been tremendously kind and helpful during my first two years in the United States Senate, and for that I will be forever grateful. I have been honored to call him my senior Senator and wish Fritz and Peatsy all the best in their future endeavors. They have truly served South Carolina well. ####