Apr 21 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today attended a White House Rose Garden ceremony with the President and First Lady to honor the four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. Among the finalists was Jason Fulmer from Graniteville, South Carolina’s Teacher of the Year for 2003-04. Fulmer is a third-grade teacher at Redcliffe Elementary in Aiken. “Jason is a dedicated educator and I want to extend my congratulations on his distinguished achievement,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). “It is indeed an honor to be recognized by your peers as South Carolina’s Teacher of the Year and even more so to be selected as one of four national finalists. He has served his community and state well and has done an excellent job representing South Carolina.” The National Teacher of the Year was awarded to Kathy Mellor of Rhode Island. Other finalists included Fulmer, Kyle Hileman, Kansas Teacher of the Year, and Dennis Griner, Washington State Teacher of the Year. ####

Apr 21 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the University Center in Greenville will receive a $198,820 federal grant to improve educational resources. The funds will be used to replace outdated educational technology and software acquisitions for the Center. “The University Center plays a vital role in the Upstate’s educational system,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. “These funds will help improve educational opportunities available to people in the area.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Apr 15 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on York County and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “I am disappointed that any portion of the county was considered to be out of attainment. I think we made a strong case as to why we should not have been lumped in with Charlotte-Mecklenburg. However, I also understand the EPA’s decision could have been worse and am glad they chose not to place the entire county in non-attainment. “The county and state, on their own initiative, have put in place air quality remedies. It’s my hope and belief this will achieve the goal of providing better air quality and minimize further action by the EPA. “Over the coming days and weeks, we’ll study this decision and see what it holds for the future. I will continue to closely monitor this situation and see what further steps, if any, can and should be taken. Needless to say, I remain concerned that today’s decision will have a negative impact on future economic development efforts in the county.” #####

Apr 13 2004

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today announced a funding solution that should provide the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) with sufficient operating funds for the immediate future. Under the proposed plan, CARTA would “trade” some of its already appropriated federal funds – money that cannot be used for operating expenditures – for state money to pay for its paratransit services. Paratransit service generally means comparable transportation service, including demand-response service, for individuals with disabilities who are unable to use the fixed route transportation systems. CARTA would then be able to use the money that would be obligated for those services as operating revenue. The state and federal governments would neither lose nor gain money in this transaction. “This is an occasion where people in government found a way to make things happen instead of dwelling on why they could not,” said Graham. “This is a major breakthrough in the funding dilemma facing CARTA.” “Over the past several months, I have been pleased to work with CARTA, our local officials, and the congressional delegation to ensure they would be able to continue offering transit services to those in need,” said Graham. “CARTA’s continued operation is essential to those who rely on its services to get to work, to go to the store, or who have other business in the Charleston region. This plan will assist CARTA in achieving its goal of remaining a transportation link in the area.” “The ability to maintain a funding stream to keep CARTA operational until a new referendum is held will avoid a major disruption of service,” said Graham. “Transferring funds will allow services to continue in an acceptable manner until the voters have a chance to have their say. The ultimate decision as to whether CARTA will survive and if so, in what form, is in the hands of the taxpayers as it always should have been.” ######

Apr 01 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s long, nearly five year effort to make it a crime at the federal level for a criminal to attack a pregnant woman and do harm to her unborn child is now law. At a White House East Room ceremony attended by Graham, President Bush today signed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA). “Regardless of pro-life or pro-choice feelings, almost 80 percent of Americans want separate prosecutions of criminals who attack pregnant women and injure their unborn child,” said Graham. “When a woman chooses to have a child, no criminal should take that right away.” “Unfortunately, pregnant women are often attacked for the purpose of injuring or killing the unborn child,” said Graham. “It would be a grave injustice for the law to only recognize one victim in such cases.” Graham twice pushed the legislation through the House in a bipartisan manner, but until last week it never came up for debate or a vote in the U.S. Senate. That changed last Thursday, when as a U.S. Senator, Graham played a leading role along with Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH) in pushing the legislation through the Senate. UVVA closes the gap in federal law by allowing two prosecutions for more than 60 federal crimes of violence including crimes committed on federal property, crimes against federal personnel, and crimes committed on military bases. “The Laci Peterson case is a clear example of a situation where two victims were involved,” said Graham. “Under California law, separate prosecutions are allowed for death or injury to the unborn child or mother. There is no such provision in federal law dealing with federal crimes of violence.” As an example, Graham noted a situation where a pregnant woman visiting the U.S. Capitol is assaulted and loses her unborn child. Since the Capitol is under Federal jurisdiction and there is currently no law on the federal books, the assailant could only be held accountable for the crime against the mother. The assailant would face no charge or receive no punishment for the harm done to the unborn child. The UVVA specifically exempts abortions from the list of prosecutable offenses. The bill does not permit prosecution: (1) for conduct relating to an abortion for which the consent of the pregnant woman has been obtained or for which consent is implied by law in a medical emergency; (2) for conduct relating to any medical treatment of the pregnant woman or her unborn child; or (3) of any woman with respect to her unborn child. “UVVA recognizes that families have suffered two traumatic events when a pregnant woman is attacked and allowing separate prosecutions is what justice demands,” said Graham. “It is a strong bipartisan statement to criminals who choose to attack pregnant women and their unborn children – you do so at your own peril.” #####

Mar 30 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced South Carolina will receive a $19,323,103 grant for the treatment of HIV/AIDS in the state. The funds, awarded under the Ryan White Title II Formula Grants Program, can be used to provide a variety of services, including:
  • Ambulatory health care;
  • Home-based health care;
  • Insurance coverage;
  • Medications;
  • Support services;
  • Outreach to HIV-positive individuals who know their HIV status;
  • Early intervention services; and
  • HIV Care Consortia, which assess needs and contracts for services.
The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Mar 29 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) will receive a $35,138,000 grant to help combat and respond to terrorism at the local and regional level. SLED can use the funds for costs related to homeland security preparedness activities associated with implementing the State Homeland Security Strategy. The Homeland Security Grant Program is designed to enhance the coordination of regional efforts to prevent, respond to, and recover from incidents of terrorism involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive weapons and cyber attacks. “Securing the homeland and protecting American citizens is our top priority,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “State and local law enforcement is the first line of defense against acts of terrorism and these funds will help ensure that South Carolina has the resources necessary to implement our Homeland Security Strategy.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Domestic Preparedness. ####

Mar 29 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Black River Healthcare in Olanta will receive a $1,313,523 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. “Community health centers play an important role in providing healthcare services to South Carolinians,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Mar 29 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Silver Spring Rural Water District in Orangeburg will receive a $93,000 grant for cost overruns on a water system improvement project. The project includes the construction of a 500 gallon-per-minute well to replace a contaminated well, and the construction of a 150,000-gallon elevated storage tank. In addition, the project calls for an emergency connection to the Town of Sally. Silver Springs Rural Water District has received previous funding for the project. In fiscal year 2003, they were awarded two grants totaling $1,109,900 and two loans totaling $778,800. “This is another investment in the future of Orangeburg County,” said Graham. “Upgrades to water system infrastructure encourage future economic investment and help provide existing customers with better water service.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ####

Mar 25 2004

Graham’s Push for Unborn Protections Set to Become Law

Legislation Now Goes to President Bush

WASHINGTON – Nearly five years have passed since then-U.S. Representative Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) authored and introduced the Unborn Victims of Violence Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. Even though Graham twice pushed the legislation through the House in a bipartisan manner, it never came up for debate or a vote in the U.S. Senate. Until today, when as a U.S. Senator, Graham played a leading role along with Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH) in pushing the legislation through the Senate and on to the White House for President Bush’s signature. “It has been a long journey and we have now cleared the last hurdle,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “After five years of hard work Congress is going to make it a crime at the federal level for a criminal to attack a pregnant woman and do harm to her unborn child. The legislation is on its way to President Bush and he will sign it into law.” “It’s a very good day for pregnant women and their unborn children,” said Graham. “It’s also a very bad day for the criminals who wish to do them harm.” The UVVA applies to more than 60 federal crimes of violence including crimes committed on federal property, crimes against federal personnel, and crimes committed on military bases. Some examples of federal crimes of violence include drug-related shootings, car jacking, violence at an international airport, and terrorist attacks. “I think regardless of pro-life or pro-choice feelings that most Americans want to protect the unborn from violent criminals,” said Graham.  “When a woman chooses to have her child, a criminal should not take it away from her.” “The Laci Peterson case is a clear example of a situation where two victims were involved,” said Graham. “Under California law, separate prosecutions are allowed for death or injury to the unborn child or mother. There is no such provision in federal law dealing with federal crimes of violence.” As an example, Graham noted a situation where a pregnant woman visiting the U.S. Capitol is assaulted and loses her unborn child.  Since the Capitol is under Federal jurisdiction and there is currently no law on the federal books, the assailant could only be held accountable for the crime against the mother. The assailant would face no charge or receive no punishment for the harm done to the unborn child. The UVVA specifically exempts abortions from the list of prosecutable offenses.  The bill does not permit prosecution: (1) for conduct relating to an abortion for which the consent of the pregnant woman has been obtained or for which consent is implied by law in a medical emergency; (2) for conduct relating to any medical treatment of the pregnant woman or her unborn child; or (3) of any woman with respect to her unborn child. The legislation passed the House of Representatives in February 2004 by a vote of 254-163. #####