May 24 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on President Bush’s address to the nation. “I strongly believe the President’s decision to address the nation provides clarity and details regarding the transformation of Iraq. It was extremely helpful and comes at a critical time. “It is now time for Iraqis to become stakeholders in their own future. The President’s efforts to bring that about, beginning June 30th, are sound and will signal the beginning of a new Iraq. America’s blood and treasure will still be required, but the President’s plan spreads the burden and opportunity to a larger group. “The President’s call on the United Nations to play a larger role is appropriate and our key allies in NATO can be extremely supportive of efforts to transform Iraq. The combination of international assistance empowering Iraqis to determine their own future and a continued American presence to provide security is the essence of the President’s plan. If executed properly, it can be a winning combination to secure a peaceful democratic Iraq out of the ashes of a brutal dictatorship. “The President’s transformation plan not only empowers Iraqis to set their own destiny, it requires it. “The Iraqi people must be willing to sacrifice for their own freedom. Without that willingness, efforts to bring democracy to Iraq will fail. Americans know from first-hand experience that to secure and maintain freedom requires constant sacrifice and unwavering resolve. Those are qualities we all hope to see exhibited by a free, democratic Iraq. “The President is right that insurgents and foreign fighters will increase their efforts to destabilize Iraq. Unfortunately, it may get worse before it gets better. The terrorist’s worst nightmare is the ballot box where the Iraqi people can freely express themselves about their future.” ####

May 21 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Department of Public Safety will receive a $1.79 million grant to combat violence against women. South Carolina ranks first in the nation in the number of women who are murdered by men. The STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grant program promotes a coordinated approach to improving the criminal justice system's response to violent crimes against women. The STOP Program encourages the development and strengthening of effective law enforcement, prosecution strategies, and victim services. The Department of Public Safety must allocate at least 30 percent of the funds to nonprofit, nongovernmental victim services programs; 25 percent to law enforcement; 25 percent to prosecution; and 5 percent to the courts. The remaining 15 percent may be awarded at the Department’s discretion. “Violence against women is a real problem in South Carolina,” said Graham. “These funds will help assist victims and bring criminal offenders to justice.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

May 18 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Department of Public Safety will receive a $6.94 million grant to assist state and local governments implementing programs improving the criminal justice system. In South Carolina, the funds will be used for statewide crime and drug control activities including providing personnel, equipment, training, technical assistance, and information systems. Funds may be used for prevention projects and innovative initiatives aimed at crime and drug control. The grant requires special emphasis be placed on controlling violent and drug-related crime and offenders, and on fostering multi-jurisdictional and multi-state efforts to support national drug-control policies. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

May 17 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the fifty-year anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling. “Fifty years have passed since the historic Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education declared separate but equal unconstitutional. Ensuring that our public schools are open to everyone is a great equalizer in America. “I will soon be turning 49 and I know that having an integrated school system has enriched my generation by allowing all of us in South Carolina to learn, socialize, and compete together in a public school setting. “The brave men and women who fought to end the segregation of public schools have done a great service to South Carolina and our nation. It is appropriate they be honored and all of us should commit ourselves to build upon their legacy.” #####

May 14 2004

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Department of Public Safety will receive $5.1 million dollars to enhance crime victim services in the state. The funds will be competitively awarded by the state to local community-based organizations that provide direct services to crime victims. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

May 14 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded over $318,000 to South Carolina cities and counties to aid in the purchase of bullet proof vests for law enforcement officers. The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grants provide funding priority to jurisdictions with a population under 100,000. The funds will pay up to 50 percent of the cost of bulletproof vests. Jurisdictions with populations of 100,000 or more are eligible to receive funding with money remaining in the grant fund. The following 58 jurisdictions in South Carolina will receive BVP funds in 2004: Jurisdiction and BVP Funding State of South Carolina $61,694 Towns & Cities Aiken $11,130 Anderson $30,927 Beaufort $4,134 Bluffton $2,570 Burnettown $350 Cayce $1,887 Central $3,465 Charleston $10,600 Cheraw $5,065 Clemson $5,869 Clover $1,683 Conway $2,756 Dillon $3,771 Duncan $1,085 Florence $5,281 Folly Beach $557 Georgetown $3,691 Goose Creek $5,817 Hanahan $874 Irmo $538 Iva $2,787 Laurens $9,800 Lexington $1,360 Manning $2,100 Moncks Corner $4,715 Mount Pleasant $2,118 Myrtle Beach $8,268 Newberry $940 North Augusta $2,491 North Charleston $11,340 North Myrtle Beach $33,710 North $1,250 Orangeburg $1,744 Pamplico $1,175 Richland-Lexington Airport District $719 Saluda $491 Spartanburg $800 Sullivan’s Island $2,057 Sumter $7,550 Surf Side Beach $1,050 Swansea $1,290 Travelers Rest $577 Walterboro $3,130 West Columbia $492 West Pelzer $1,750 Counties Anderson County $550 Cherokee County $7,100 Florence County $912 Georgetown County $2,665 Greenwood County $3,240 Horry County $1,513 Laurens County $22,500 Lexington County $1,959 Oconee County $3,390 Pickens County $661 Richland County $5,204 Sumter County $1,123 “Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line everyday to protect us,” said Graham. “They deserve the best equipment available as they carry out their duties.” ####

May 13 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced an order for 21 Buffalo Mine Protected Clearance Vehicles will be filled by Technical Solutions Group of Ladson. The estimate value of the contract, targeted for completion by years end, is $15.3 million with an initial release of $7.6 million. “Our men and women in uniform deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “The Buffalo will help protect our soldiers from landmines and roadside bombs as they carry out their duties in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s an important vehicle helping our soldiers fulfill critical missions.” “As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, it’s also particularly satisfying to know that a company with South Carolina ties is playing a big role in helping win the war on terror.” Graham has been an advocate for additional armed vehicle protection for U.S. soldiers and Marines in the global war on terror. Technical Solutions Group, a subsidiary of Force Protection, Inc., manufactures and markets vehicles designed to both protect troops and equipment as well as to detonate and remove mines. The company combines a proprietary capsule design with American automotive technology to produce vehicles with a high level of protection, visibility, load carrying capacity, interior space and parts availability- all critical qualities in military vehicles. ####

May 12 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement after viewing additional photos and videos of prisoner abuse in Iraq. “In Saddam’s world this was standard. In our world, it’s devastating. “There was evidence of a total breakdown in discipline and military order. “Some of it was clearly rogue behavior by the military police. Some of it seems more elaborate. “It reinforced my view that some of the conduct was orchestrated in a manner to suggest direction or tolerance beyond the military police involved. The question becomes, ‘Where did that direction come from?’” #####

May 07 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC) being named a national lab. Due to a scheduling conflict, U.S. Senator Graham (R-South Carolina) was unable to attend today’s announcement ceremony at Savannah River Site (SRS). A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Graham remained in Washington to attend the Iraqi prisoner abuse hearing with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and General Richard Myers. He said: “The national lab designation is like going from single A ball to the major leagues. The potential research and development opportunities that could come to SRS and South Carolina from this new designation are staggering and on the cutting-edge of technology. “For the last ten years, I have been working along with members of our congressional delegation and the SRS community to ensure a bright, post-Cold War future for SRS. We’ve had many accomplishments and some disappointments along the way. However, SRTC being designated a national laboratory is the best news and one of the most significant events for the future of SRS since I came to Congress. “Secretary Abraham has done more for SRS than any other DOE secretary I’ve ever worked with. He recognizes the important role SRS does and can play for DOE and the nation. “Governor Sanford’s efforts to work with DOE and to view SRS as a state asset were indispensable in helping achieve this designation. Unlike his predecessor, Gov. Sanford has worked in a cooperative fashion to make sure SRS is fully utilized for our state and nation. “Our congressional delegation has always worked as a team when it comes to SRS. I appreciate the efforts Congressman Gresham Barrett has made in the House to make sure SRSs’ assets are known to those in Congress. “Today’s designation made by Secretary Abraham is one of the highlights of my last ten years in trying to ensure a bright future for SRS. What a great day for the Site, local community and state of South Carolina.” #####

May 06 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) today unveiled legislation expanding the ‘Stand by Your Ad’ provisions of the new campaign finance law. Current law only requires candidates for federal office to state their personal approval of television and radio advertisements. Graham and Wyden would extend that provision to cover other media used for campaign advertising. “The ‘Stand by Your Ad’ provisions already being applied to television and radio advertisements hold candidates accountable for the content of their commercials,” said Graham. “Our legislation seeks to build upon the accountability provisions already in effect. The effort to put some measure of accountability into the system has and will continue to take some of the venom out of politics.” The new legislation proposes:
  • For Print Ads: A disclaimer occupying not less than 10 percent of the total area containing a photograph of the candidate and a printed statement stating the candidate approved the message. This provision would apply to newspapers, outdoor advertising facilities, bulk mailings, bulk e-mail and similar communications.
  • For Video Clips and Audio Clips Distributed Via the Internet: A disclaimer satisfying the current requirement for a TV ad for video clips and a disclaimer satisfying the current requirement for a radio ad for audio clips.
Like the current rules, these requirements would only apply to ads that make direct reference to the candidate’s opponent. Current disclaimer rules for other ads would not be changed. “The practice of political candidates publicly supporting the content of their ads needs to be expanded,” said Graham. “I don’t believe there is a constitutional right for any group to run a shadow campaign and not be held accountable. The more sunshine we can put into the political process, the better.” #####