Sep 28 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), a member of the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, today announced schools in Charleston and Lancaster counties have been selected to receive education grants.
  • Charleston County School District will receive $2,223,201.
  • Lancaster County School District will receive $398,793.
The grants from the Smaller Learning Communities Program will cover the period October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2007. The purpose of the Smaller Learning Communities Program is to promote academic achievement through the planning, implementation or expansion of small, safe and successful learning environments in public schools. The program also aims to help ensure all students graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to make a successful transition to college and careers. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. #####

Sep 27 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on Senator Edward Kennedy’s (D-Massachusetts) remarks at George Washington University where he attacked President Bush’s handling of the Iraq war and even said he thanked God that President Bush was not President during the Cuban missile crisis. In his prepared remarks Kennedy said, “The President's handling of the war has been a toxic mix of ignorance, arrogance, and stubborn ideology.” He also said, “Iraq has been a constant perilous distraction from the real war on terrorism.” Graham responded: “Senator Kennedy’s evaluation and criticism of the war effort is over the top and represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of the conflict we are in and the nature of our enemy. “Unfortunately, the consequences of the verbal attacks from Senators Kennedy and John Kerry will only deflate our allies who are fighting and dying for freedom in Iraq. “The Kennedy/Kerry model of promising withdrawal beginning next year sends the wrong signal to the terrorists. Their comments embolden those trying to deny democracy to the Iraqi people. That’s not the kind of encouragement pro-democracy forces, who are risking their lives, need at this time. “Thank God President Bush understands our current crisis is not the Cuban Missile Crisis but involves a ruthless enemy our nation cannot negotiate with. “Thank God President Bush understands that ruthless, brutal regimes like Saddam Hussein must be dealt with aggressively. We can see from Libya’s efforts to dismantle their weapons program that strong responses do work in the Middle East. “Finally, thank God President Bush understands the limitations of the United Nations. The Kennedy/Kerry model of turning over control to the U.N. ignores the fact the U.N. has had a pathetic record when it comes to controlling ruthless dictators. “The Kennedy/Kerry model of withdrawal, defeatism, and over-reliance on the U.N. is a formula for disaster. Their plan would certainly destroy any possibility of creating a democratic Iraq which would be a transforming event for the Middle East. Future stability in Iraq will lead to greater stability in the Middle East. “There’s no doubt in my mind the Kennedy/Kerry plan is the wrong plan for America and winning the war on terrorism.” #####

Sep 27 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced over $2.6 million in grants to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the South Carolina Budget & Control Board. The SCDNR grants include:
  • $1,814,940 to assess and identify high priority commercial and recreational fisheries management research needs. This will include a study of the habitats upon which those fisheries depend as well as implementing cooperative research/monitoring projects that address those needs.
  • $441,985 grant to assist in the marking and recapturing of red drum in coastal South Carolina.
The Budget and Control Board will receive:
  • $441,707 grant to help counties continue their multi-year statewide mapping and Land Information System (LIS) in the state.
The grants were awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. #####

Sep 22 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than one million dollars in grants to fire departments in Awendaw, Barnwell, Bonneau, Clarks Hill, Gaffney, Heath Springs, Lancaster, Mauldin, Mayo, and Pelion. “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 are awarded in one of two program areas:
  • Firefighting 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.
Awendaw Awendaw Fire Department will receive a $44,100 Firefighting Operations and Firefighters Safety grant. Barnwell Barnwell Fire Department will receive a $122,382 Firefighting Operations and Firefighter Safety grant. Bonneau Lake Moultire Fire Department will receive a $50,395 Firefighting Operations and Firefighter Safety grant. Clarks Hill Clarks Hill-Lost Wilderness Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $60,750 Firefighting Operations and Firefighter Safety grant. Gaffney Goucher White Plains Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $27,000 Firefighting Operations and Firefighter Safety grant. Heath Springs Rich Hill Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $135,900 Firefighting Vehicle grant. Lancaster Antioch Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $211,500 Firefighting Vehicle grant. Mauldin Mauldin Fire Department will receive a $100,800 Firefighting Operations and Firefighter Safety grant. Mayo Mayo Area Volunteer Fire District will receive a $175,500 Firefighting Vehicle grant. Pelion Pelion Fire Department will receive a $72,542 Firefighting Operations and Firefighter Safety 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. Grant funds to local fire departments will come from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ####

Sep 17 2004

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Fritz Hollings (D-SC) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today announced they will combine the resources of their offices to aggressively push for federal funding to help alleviate the financial burden placed on families and businesses as a result of destruction caused by Hurricanes Ivan and Frances. “Senator Hollings and I are closely monitoring those counties affected by recent hurricanes and tornados and will aggressively pursue federal aid for those areas that qualify,” said Graham. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered as a result of these storms. Senator Hollings and I will do everything within our power to help the state receive appropriate and timely relief from the federal government.” "When you think of hurricanes, you think of the coastal areas. But we've seen over the last few weeks, the Upstate has suffered. We will work together to repair the damages and provide assistance to hurricane victims all over the state," said Senator Hollings. This year, South Carolina has been affected by Hurricanes Charley, Francis, Ivan and Tropical Storms Bonnie and Gaston. Following Tropical Storm Gaston, Berkeley, Charleston and Williamsburg counties were declared federal disaster areas. ####

Sep 11 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. "The past three years the country has shown that we will make whatever sacrifice is necesary in terms of blood and treasure to maintain our freedom. The heroic acts of the 9/11 heroes have been duplicated by this generation of American servicemen and women. Their actions and courage will maintain our freedom. "The past three years has seen the killing or capturing of many organizers of the 9/11 attacks, the destruction of the Taliban regime, and the freeing of the Afghan and Iraqi people. Much is left to be done and future attacks are likely, but in the end our actions and values will prevail." ####

Sep 09 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced $1,086,650 in federal funds has been released to aid the City of Greenville in developing an Emergency Operations Center at the Palmetto Expo Center. Graham secured the funds in the Fiscal Year 2004 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. The funds will be used to purchase security cameras and install exterior fencing to help secure emergency vehicles. In addition, this request will support conceptual planning for long-term building renovations and near-term contingency planning for building security improvements. “The Expo Center serves as the primary emergency evacuation center for many emergency situations throughout the Upstate and the surrounding region,” said Graham. “The importance of providing a secure facility for homeland security purposes has increased since 9-11, and this project is an essential first step toward increasing the security of the Expo Center.” Although funds have been released, city officials must submit a revised project narrative and budget before they may be utilized. The money was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Sep 08 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on Senator John Kerry’s opposition to creating personal investment accounts as an addition to Social Security. Kerry made his comments in Cincinnati, Ohio. Graham said: “Preventing the impending bankruptcy of Social Security is one of the greatest challenges facing our nation. Unfortunately, Senator Kerry has chosen to demagogue personal investment accounts and has failed to offer his own plan to save Social Security. “This issue is too important for politics as usual. Anyone wishing to lead our nation should offer proposals to strengthen Social Security for future generations. I hope Senators Kerry and John Edwards will offer a constructive solution to this problem. Without leadership the problems facing Social Security will only get worse. “Senator Kerry, it is not enough to say what you are against. Please also tell us what you support. “Failure to stand up and say what you support when it comes to saving Social Security from impending bankruptcy is a failure of leadership.” ##### Background on Social Security and Senator Lindsey Graham:
  • Without Social Security, millions of Americans who rely on the program for their retirement, disability, and survivor’s income would live in poverty.
  • Unfortunately, Social Security as it is currently structured faces serious financial problems. As former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-New York) wrote in the Final Report of the President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security, “… Social Security is in need of an overhaul. The system is not sustainable as it is currently structured.”
  • The Trustees of Social Security have warned us of the serious, structural problems facing the system. In 2018, for the first time in history, the program will begin to pay out more in benefits than it takes in as taxes. In 2042, the “trust fund” will be insolvent and unable to pay full benefits to retirees.
  • The problems facing Social Security are due in large part to demographic changes in the United States. In 1950, there were 16 workers supporting 1 retiree. Today, the ratio is 3 to 1. Within a generation, the ratio will drop to 2 to 1.
  • In just five short years, the first wave of baby boomers will be eligible to receive Social Security benefits. Between 2011 and 2030, the number of Social Security recipients will increase 65 percent, while the working, taxpaying population will only increase 8 percent.
  • The combined shortfall in Social Security and Medicare is 5 times as large as all of today’s publicly held debt and 8 times as large as total federal spending in 2002.
  • To keep Social Security solvent in the future, we have three choices. We can raise payroll taxes by 50 percent, cut benefits by 30 percent or modernize the system though innovative reforms that include personal accounts.
  • The Social Security Solvency and Modernization Act introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) will put the system on solid financial footing by giving workers a choice of ways to balance the system.
  • The Graham plan makes no false promises – each option leads to solvency for the system.
  • The Social Security Solvency and Modernization Act reduces the cost of Social Security substantially and saves our children and grandchildren from a crushing financial burden.

Sep 08 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $880,000 in grants to fire departments in Blenheim, Fort Mill, Greenville, Hardeeville, Roebuck, Society Hill, Summerton, Summerville, Swansea, Wagener, Ware Shoals and Windsor. “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 are awarded in one of three 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.
  • Fire Prevention Program: The funds may be used for public education, awareness, and fire code enforcement activities; fire inspector certifications; the purchase and installation of smoke alarms and fire suppression systems; wildland fire mitigation; and arson prevention and detection activities.
  • 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: Blenheim Blenheim Fire Department will receive an $85,500 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Fort Mill Pleasant Valley Fire Department will receive a $49,320 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Greenville Belmont Fire and Sanitation District will receive a $137,849 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Hardeeville Levy Fire Department will receive a $63,653 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Roebuck Roebuck Fire Department will receive a $28,800 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Society Hill Harris Creek Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $20,723 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Summerton Summerton Fire Department will receive a $17,595 Fire Prevention Grant. Summerville Summerville Fire Department will receive a $144,090 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Swansea Jumper Station Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $14,838 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Wagener New Holland Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $195,651 Firefighting Vehicle Grant. Ware Shoals Ware Shoals Fire Department will receive a $66,150 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Windsor Windsor Fire Department will receive a $57,535 Operations and Firefighter Safety 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. ####

Sep 08 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) will hold Academy Day 2004 this Saturday, September 11, at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia. Academy Day allows high school students the opportunity to learn more about our nation’s prestigious service academies. Representatives from each service academy will provide brief presentations and attendees will be given the opportunity to meet with the representatives following the program. Representatives from Senator Graham’s office and the service academies will also be on hand to answer questions about the admissions and nominating process. Academy Day begins with registration at 10:00 a.m. and the program begins at 10:30 a.m. The National Advocacy Center is located at 1620 Pendleton Street. Parking is available on surrounding streets as well as in the parking garage at the corner of Pickens and Pendleton streets. If you have additional questions or want to participate in Academy Day 2004, please contact Senator Graham’s Columbia office at (803) 933-0112 to reserve a spot. #####