Aug 01 2005
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)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
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)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
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)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. ” #####
Jul 29 2005
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)WASHINGTON – South Carolina Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today voted in support of the Interior Appropriations bill. The bill passed the Senate and will now be sent to the President for his signature. Among the notable projects for South Carolina include: Columbia: $200,000 to the Bethel Cultural Arts Center Greer: $500,000 to the Maple Creek Water Treatment Plant Myrtle Beach: $615,000 to the Myrtle Beach Storm Water Management System Olar & Govan: $733,000 to the Olar & Govan Regional Water System Orangeburg: $350,000 to the dam project at the National Fish Hatchery. The funds will also be used to help complete the water line construction project at the National Conservation Training Center. Statewide Projects Include: $800,000 to the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor ####
Jul 28 2005
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Department of Public Safety will receive a $5,802,326 grant to support crime prevention and control activates. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant will be used to improve cooperative efforts among federal, state, and local agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system. Funds will primarily be used to address the lack of resources available to law enforcement. In addition, money will be spent to improve criminal justice records, court system efficiency, substance abuse treatment, and crime prevention. Graham noted that several cities and one county were also awarded grants under the same program yesterday:
- The City of Aiken will receive $14,282 to purchase nine computers which will allow officers in the field to download information to the main computer in the station.
- The City of Conway will receive $21,843 to purchase a digital recording system to be placed in the dispatch center.
- The City of North Myrtle Beach will receive $10,722 to purchase tasers.
- Sumter County will receive $59,529 to purchase mobile data terminals, tasers, and bullet proof vests. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####