Jul 22 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on release of the 9-11 Commission’s report. “I was very impressed by the details of the report. They highlighted numerous occasions where intelligence regarding the 9/11 hijackers was not shared between agencies. This is a serious problem we must continue to remain aware of in our efforts to avert future acts of terrorism. “The Commission’s recommendation of a national counter-terrorism center where you have one-stop shopping for intelligence information is an idea I support. I am confident Congress will fully review and analyze all of their recommendations. “In meeting earlier today with Chairman Kean and Vice-Chairman Hamilton, I brought up the topic of what regimes support Al-Qaeada and other terrorist organizations? They indicated there are different levels of support, but the Commission made clear they support our government adopting a no-sanctuary policy. “It’s going to be my goal to not only support restructuring of intelligence agencies, but to be more aggressive dealing with countries that provide sanctuary and support to terrorists. Without a no-sanctuary policy it will be very difficult to control terrorist organizations.” #####

Jul 14 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today voted in support of the Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution. He made this statement following the vote: “I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. “A handful of liberal judges in Massachusetts should not be allowed to change the definition of marriage for the rest of the country. Unfortunately, that is the situation we find ourselves in today. “The Massachusetts Supreme Court, by recognizing same-sex marriages as legal, has set a terrible precedent. I believe it’s only a matter of time before other states will have to give in to the Massachusetts decision and recognize same-sex couples who were married in that state. “The only way to stop this process from going forward is to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. “If we’re going to change the definition of marriage – one of the oldest and strongest concepts in our culture – it should come about through the constitutional process and actions of the peoples elected representatives. We cannot allow a few liberal judges to hijack and completely rewrite the definition of marriage.” #####

Jul 14 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Three and Twenty Fire Department in Easley will receive a $36,253 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. ####

Jul 14 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Greer Commission of Public Works will receive a $1.5 million economic development grant. The funds will be used to expand the water treatment plant from 16 million gallons per day to 24 million. The expansion is designed to accommodate growth and development in the area. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Graham noted the Commission has also been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission bringing the total federal investment in the project to $2 million. ####

Jul 12 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced over $11 million in federal housing grants for Aiken, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Lexington County, Spartanburg and Spartanburg County. Brief Descriptions of the Programs:
  • The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) develops viable communities and provides housing and a suitable living environment by expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income households.
  • The HOME Investment Partnership Program creates affordable housing for low-income households. It allows communities to design and implement strategies tailored to their own needs and priorities.
  • The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program provides housing assistance and related support services to projects that benefit low-income persons diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families.
  • The American Dream Downpayment Initiative promotes home ownership by providing necessary resources for downpayment and closing cost assistance to low-income and minority households.
Aiken The City of Aiken will receive $256,000 for the Community Development Block Grant Program. Charleston The City of Charleston will receive $1.288 million for the Community Development Block Grant Program; $920,554 for the HOME Investment Partnership Program; $418,000 for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Grant Program; and $50,217 for the American Dream Downpayment Initiative. Columbia The City of Columbia will receive $1.543 million for the Community Development Block Grant Program; $910,526 for the HOME Investment Partnership Program; $1.27 million for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Grant Program; and $120,835 for the American Dream Downpayment Initiative. Florence The City of Florence will receive $407,000 for the Community Development Block Grant Program. Lexington County Lexington County will receive $1.185 million for the Community Development Block Grant Program. Spartanburg The City of Spartanburg will receive $921,000 for the Community Development Block Grant Program and $364,010 for the HOME Investment Partnership Program. Spartanburg County Spartanburg County will receive $1.558 million for the Community Development Block Grant Program; $586,627 for the HOME Investment Partnership Program; and $64,571 for the American Dream Downpayment Initiative. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ####

Jul 08 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Beaufort-Jasper Comprehensive Health Services in Ridgeland will receive a $488,255 grant to assist in providing comprehensive healthcare services for individuals living with HIV. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Ryan White CARE Act Title III program. Graham is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. ####

Jul 08 2004

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Horry-Georgetown Technical College will receive a $200,883 grant to improve nursing programs and promote diversity in the nursing workforce. Graham is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Jul 08 2004

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced IWSA Development Corporation in Rock Hill will receive a $1,679,340 Indian Housing Block Grant. The funds can be used for a variety of affordable housing activities including:
  • modernization and operating assistance for low income housing;
  • new construction;
  • acquisition or rehabilitation of rental or owner occupied housing;
  • housing services;
  • housing management;
  • crime prevention, and;
  • safety activities.
The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ####

Jul 08 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Charleston County will receive $3.7 million in federal grants to support housing programs. The awards consist of $2.438 million for the Community Development Block Grant Program; $1.079 million for the HOME Investment Partnership Program; $91,411 for the Emergency Shelter Grant Program; and $119,418 for the American Dream Downpayment Initiative.
  • The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) develops viable communities and provides housing and a suitable living environment by expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income households.
  • The HOME Investment Partnership Program creates affordable housing for low-income households. It allows communities to design and implement strategies tailored to their own needs and priorities.
  • The Emergency Shelter Grant Program provides funds for the rehabilitation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelter for the homeless and for homeless prevention activities.
  • The American Dream Downpayment Initiative promotes home ownership by providing necessary resources for downpayment and closing cost assistance to low-income and minority households.
The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ####

Jul 08 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced ReGenesis Community Health Center in Spartanburg will receive a $408,333 grant to assist in providing primary healthcare services to the surrounding area. Community Health Center grants are designed to promote the development and operation of community-based primary health care service systems in medically underserved areas. Graham is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####