Jun 05 2006

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) will vote this week in support of a constitutional amendment protecting the traditional definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The vote is scheduled to occur on Wednesday. “I believe in the traditional definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman,” said Graham. “Traditional marriage is an institution worth protecting and this amendment will accomplish that goal. A constitutional amendment is the only effective way to cut off the growing trend among judges to create a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.” Graham noted nine states – California, Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma and Washington – are facing lawsuits challenging the state’s traditional marriage laws. In four of those (California, Maryland, New York and Washington), courts have found a right to same-sex marriage in state constitutional provisions related to equal protection and due process. In each case, the court relied in part on the historic 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in that state. On the federal level, a Nebraska federal district court found a 2005 constitutional amendment passed by 70 percent of the voters to be unconstitutional. The case has been appealed to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. There are also lawsuits challenging the traditional definition of marriage in federal courts currently pending in four states. “There have been a series of court decisions at the state and federal level where judges have held there is a constitutional right for same-sex marriage,” said Graham. “If marriage is ever to be redefined, it needs to be done by the people’s elected representatives, not a handful of activist judges.” #####

Jun 01 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced more than $24 million dollars for public housing authorities in South Carolina. The Capital Fund formula grants are awarded on an annual basis and may be used for a variety of activities including modernization, development, financing, and management. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Recipients include: Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority- $433,575 Housing Authority of Abbeville- $188,954 Housing Authority of Aiken- $507,259 Housing Authority of Anderson- $408,016 Housing Authority of Atlantic Beach- $72,781 Housing Authority of Beaufort- $430,224 Housing Authority of Bennettsville- $208,263 Housing Authority of Charleston- $2,009,420 Housing Authority of Cayce- $57,070 Housing Authority of Cheraw- $326,836 Housing Authority of Chester- $178,322 Housing Authority of Columbia- $3,466,335 Housing Authority of Conway- $396,619 Housing Authority of Darlington- $243,721 Housing Authority of Easley- $148,815 Housing Authority of Florence- $1,179,856 Housing Authority of Fort Mill- $194,897 Housing Authority of Gaffney- $425,022 Housing Authority of Georgetown- $431,460 Housing Authority of Greenville- $1,751,444 Housing Authority of Greenwood- $340,559 Housing Authority of Greer- $233,849 Housing Authority of Hartsville- $157,236 Housing Authority of Kingstree- $200,443 Housing Authority of Lake City- $447,776 Housing Authority of Lancaster- $204,131 Housing Authority of Laurens- $182,087 Housing Authority of Marion- $545,497 Housing Authority of McColl- $45,825 Housing Authority of Mullins- $260,772 Housing Authority of North Charleston- $803,856 Housing Authority of Newberry- $518,767 Housing Authority of Rock Hill- $543, 321 Housing Authority of Spartanburg- $2,023,956 Housing Authority of Sumter- $517,235 Housing Authority of Union- $421,879 Housing Authority of Woodruff- $146,008 Housing Authority of York- $169,656 Marlboro County Housing and Redevelopment Authority- $75,182 South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 1- $2,044,679 South Carolina Regional Housing Authority No. 3- $1,254,413 ####

Jun 01 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Western Carolina Higher Education Commission-Salkehatchie Leadership Institute in Allendale will receive a $327,460 grant. The grant will be used to continue a previous grant project, now known as the Salkehatchie Arts Partnership, developing an inventory of artisans and craftspeople in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, and Hampton counties. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the project is expected to assist 15 small, rural businesses and potentially create 20 new jobs. The grant was awarded by the USDA. ####

Jun 01 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Johnsonville will receive a $949,400 grant and a $3,092,000 loan for water system improvements. The funds will be used to install approximately 28 miles of water line, a well, a 300,000 gallon elevated storage tank, and a SCADA system. In addition, the funds will be used to replace galvanized water lines, valves, and meters. The loan and grant were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ####

May 31 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Medical University of South Carolina will receive $1.8 million for alcohol abuse treatment research. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

May 31 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced South Carolina will receive more than $14.6 million for homeland security initiatives throughout the state. South Carolina will receive:
  • $10,040,000 from the State Homeland Security Program. These funds support the implementation of activities to build the capability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.
  • $4,100,000 from the Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program. These funds support law enforcement and public safety activities to prevent terrorist attacks through activities such as intelligence gathering, information sharing, and target hardening.
  • $307,104 from the Citizen Corp Program. These funds are used to support activities that promote citizen preparedness and engage citizens in all-hazards prevention, protection, response, and recovery.
  • $232,330 from the Metropolitan Medical Response System. These funds support planning and preparation activities for large-scale medical response for any catastrophic event.
The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ####

May 30 2006

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the resignation of John Snow as Treasury Secretary and the nomination of Henry M. Paulson, Jr. to fill the position. “John Snow served his nation well as Treasury Secretary. He has a deep understanding of our nation’s economy and was an able advocate for American interests abroad. Our economy has flourished in recent years due, in large measure, to Secretary Snow’s work. “It has been one of the highlights of my time in the Senate to work closely with him on the China currency issue. John is someone whose word is his bond. “As for Mr. Paulson, President Bush has chosen wisely in selecting him for this position. He enjoys a great reputation throughout the world’s financial markets and investor community. I hope he will continue working in partnership with the Congress to keep pressure on China to accurately value its currency.” #####

May 26 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today voted to confirm General Michael Hayden to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Hayden was confirmed by a vote of 78-15. After the vote Graham made the following statement: “General Hayden brings an unrivaled depth of experience to the CIA from his time at the National Security Agency and his years of military service. I believe he is the right man at the right time to continue to rebuild the CIA in a fashion that will better protect our nation in the War on Terror. “He is replacing a good man in Porter Goss. I am confident he will build on the successes and reforms instituted by Director Goss, while at the same time remaining his own man. “President Bush has chosen wisely in his selection of General Hayden. All of his experience throughout the years in the intelligence community will help to make America more secure.” ####

May 26 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. Kavanaugh was confirmed by a vote of 57-36. After the vote Graham made the following statement: “Brett Kavanaugh is an outstanding selection by President Bush to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court. He served in the Bush administration, was an advocate before the Supreme Court for the Solicitor General’s office, and was chosen to be a Supreme Court clerk. He has excelled academically and professionally. “Mr. Kavanaugh is a solid conservative with a deep understanding of our legal system. He also has real world legal experience that will serve our nation for years to come. I’m pleased the Senate has confirmed him to this important position at such a crucial time in American legal history.” ####

May 26 2006

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement of support for Susan Schwab, President Bush’s nominee for United States Trade Representative (USTR). “I strongly support the nomination of Susan Schwab to serve as our United States Trade Representative. She is an excellent choice and will serve our nation with distinction. “The USTR has become more important than ever in terms of protecting American economic interests from unfair overseas practices. Ms. Schwab understands that it is now time for America to push back against Chinese trade manipulation and other unfair practices. She will be aggressive advocate for American business interests and will continue to build on the success of Rob Portman. “I look forward to seeing her confirmed and will continue to encourage my Senate colleagues to allow a quick vote on this matter. There is overwhelming support for her nomination and the sooner we act on this nomination the better.” ####