Sep 22 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Senate unanimously confirmed Judge Henry Floyd to serve on the South Carolina federal district court. Floyd was nominated by President Bush in May to fill the federal district court vacancy in South Carolina left open when Judge Dennis Shedd was promoted to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. “I am pleased to see Judge Floyd unanimously confirmed by the Senate,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “This reflects well on his qualifications, and demonstrates the Senate’s confidence in his abilities for this most important job. President Bush could not have selected a more qualified candidate or a better person.” “He has been a state judge for over a decade and received high marks for his performance from attorneys across the state,” said Graham. “He has also demonstrated impartiality and civility to all who appear before him. I’m confident Judge Floyd will demonstrate the highest degree of professionalism and serve our state and nation well.” Floyd previously served on South Carolina’s Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, to which he was elected in May 1992. He has also served as county attorney for Pickens, commissioner on the South Carolina Forestry Commission, and as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. “Judge Floyd has an exceptional legal mind, impeccable character, and a legacy of fair application of the law,” said Graham. “He is a fine man and will be a great addition to the federal bench.” The confirmation will now be sent to President Bush for his signature. ####

Sep 22 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Spartanburg County School District 1, Sumter County School District 2 and the Winthrop Olde English Consortium will receive grants to improve teaching programs in American History. Spartanburg County School District 1 will receive $287,916. The funds will be used to implement a professional development program in American History for all history teachers in grades 3-12, with additional participation in some activities by teachers in other districts. The project will offer three American History courses for graduate credit, one technology-based course, two ten-day and three three-day institutes, observations of exemplary history teachers, consultations with master scholars, site visits, and other professional development activities. The District’s partners in this project will be the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg’s History and Education Departments and the Spartanburg County Historical Association. Sumter County School District 2 will receive $719,784. The funds will be used to train teachers during two-week summer sessions, create mentoring relationships during the school year, and develop sustainable methods to carry on student learning. The summer institutes develop content knowledge and instruction in American history, which is taught in grades 3, 8 and 11. Of the 25 teachers who participate each summer, 5 serve as mentors for other teachers. Each summer the institute focuses on different period and person-centered themes. The District will partner with the Sumter County Museum in this project. York County The Winthrop Olde English Consortium will receive $478,502. The funds will be used for teachers of grades 4, 5, 8 and 11 to attend a summer institute each year. The first year, the institute will focus on American beginnings to 1877; the second year, 1877 to the present; and the third year, “vertical articulation from beginnings to present,” a thematic study of American history. Follow-up sessions will be held at local historic sites including Historic Brattonsville, Andrew Jackson State Park, Catawba Indian Nation, Cornwallis House, and Mount Dearborn Military Establishment. The Consortium will partner with Winthrop University, the University of South Carolina, local county libraries, and local historic commission in this project. “These are innovative programs that will allow American history teachers to continue their education and hone teaching skills,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. “Professional development for South Carolina’s teachers provides a better education for our students.” ####

Sep 17 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $115,000 in grants to fire departments in Calhoun Falls, Greer and Kershaw. “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 Assistance to Firefighters Grants will help the fire departments improve their training, wellness and fitness programs; purchase new firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and, make modifications to fire stations and facilities. Calhoun Falls Calhoun Falls Fire Department will receive $30,203. Greer City of Greer Fire Department will receive $74,293. Kershaw Kershaw Fire Department will receive $10,800. 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 17 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced seven education and health grants for groups across the state totaling $3 million.
  • Clemson University will receive a $775,106 grant to support the Compassion Capital Fund Demonstration Program. The fund provides technical assistance to small faith-based and community organizations, and seeks to promote the ability of families to be financially self-sufficient, and to promote the healthy development and greater social well-being of children and families. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The South Carolina Department of Education will receive a $723,659 grant to support the South Carolina Javits Project. The project is a collaboration of the State Department of Education, 85 local education agencies, the South Carolina Consortium for Gifted Education, the College of Charleston and Converse College. The project proposes to raise student achievement by improving teacher knowledge and practices, as well as by learning more about expanding access for gifted and talented students. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • The South Carolina Office of Rural Health will receive a $452,560 Rural Hospital Flexibility Program grant to strengthen the rural health network in the state. The program allows small hospitals the flexibility to reconfigure operations and be licensed as Critical Access Hospitals. It also, offers cost-based reimbursement for Medicare acute inpatient and outpatient services, and encourages the development of rural-centric health networks. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The Medical University of South Carolina will receive a $393,515 grant for research on alcohol abuse and alcoholism. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The Medical University of South Carolina will receive a $311,480 grant for microbiology and infectious disease research. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The Columbia Bethlehem Community Center will receive a $198,700 grant for project PEAS (People Empowered can Attain Success). PEAS provides an after-school tutorial/enrichment program, adult literacy and computer training program, secures mentors for students, and develops internships opportunities. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Clemson University will receive a $147,000 grant for biomedical imaging and bioengineering research. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“Caring for our families, children and our health is the top priority of most South Carolinians,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. “These grants will help care for the citizens of our state, educate our children, and contribute to the future success of South Carolina.” ####

Sep 17 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced the U.S. Senate passed the 2004 Energy and Water Appropriations legislation which contains funding for operations at the Savannah River Site. Graham voted for the bill which passed the Senate 92-0. “SRS is an important piece in our nation’s defense infrastructure,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “South Carolina has been a strong supporter of the SRS mission for decades, and we will continue to support their activities in the years to come.” “Providing full support for SRS in the Senate is one of my top priorities,” said Graham. “I am proud of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for passing this bill in a bipartisan manner.” The bill also congratulates the state for creating one of the first new graduate programs in nuclear engineering in the last 20 years and strongly encourages the U.S. Department of Energy to support the new program at the University of South Carolina. The bill must now pass a conference meeting of both the House of Representatives and the Senate before it can be finalized and signed into law by President Bush. Savannah River Site Projects Contained in the Senate Energy and Water Appropriation Bill
  • $402 million for the mixed oxide fuel fabrication facility
  • $75 million the Tritium Extraction Facility
  • $20.259 million for the construction of glass waste storage building #2
  • $13.6 million for the pit disassembly and conversion facility
  • $1.134 million for container surveillance capability
  • $2.75 million for cleaning and loading modifications
In addition to these specific projects, the bill funds the operation and management of the entire Department of Energy Weapons Complex, including the Savannah River Site. The annual operating budget of SRS is approximately $1.3 billion. Graham noted that the Senate also included $22.8 million dollars to support the development of a Modern Pit Facility. If a facility is constructed and SRS is selected, the Site would manufacture the hollow spheres of metallic plutonium that trigger hydrogen fusion in atomic bombs. SRS is one of five candidates for the facility, an estimated $4 billion project that would employ roughly 800 workers during construction and roughly 1,500 workers once the facility becomes operational. “The Savannah River Site is the most secure, competent, and cost effective location for building a Modern Pit Facility in support of our future defense needs,” said Graham. “South Carolina and Georgia have presented a united front to secure the modern pit facility, stressing the ability of SRS to go to work immediately on the project if necessary.” ####

Sep 17 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Charleston will receive a $1 million grant and Savannah/Hilton Head will receive a $523,495 grant to improve air service to the respective regions. The funds for Charleston will be used to secure low-fare air services from Air Tran, and the Savannah/Hilton Head funds will be used to expand services to new routes. “Improving the air service in South Carolina is a great benefit to the state’s economy,” said Graham. “These awards will help bolster tourism and bring future business investment to the state.” The Small Community Air Service Development Pilot Program was established to provide small communities with financial and other assistance to address air service issues, particularly those relating to insufficient air service or high fares. The Program affords communities the opportunity to develop their own solutions to their air service problems based on the community’s particular needs and circumstances. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. ####

Sep 15 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the University of South Carolina will receive a $297,154 grant to combat violence against women. The funds will be used to strengthen the University’s relationship violence and sexual assault program through collaboration with on-campus offices and local community agencies. The program will focus on five major objectives: Maintain and strengthen direct services for survivors, including maintenance of alternative housing space; Strengthen collaboration with off-campus law enforcement; Provide high quality response training sessions to law enforcement, campus judicial council members, medical staff and residential housing staff; Strengthen the mandatory prevention education program for first year students through the integration of technology into the workshop curriculum; and, Strengthen collaborative campus programming for the campus-wide awareness campaigns and targeted educational initiatives. “Violence against women and sexual assault on campuses is a serious issue,” said Graham, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Crime, Corrections, and Victims’ Rights. “These crimes are often unreported, so it is vital we create an environment that encourages victims to come forward, provides the necessary support structure for victims, and educates the campus community about these crimes.” The Office for Sexual Health & Violence Prevention will assume primary responsibility for the implementation of this grant. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Sep 15 2003

WASHINGTON – Home owners along South Carolina’s coast are closely watching the path of Hurricane Isabel to see where she will make landfall. Hurricanes of this magnitude usually do terrible damage costing millions of dollars and countless hours of cleanup and repairs. The effects of a powerful hurricane such as Isabel will probably be felt years after the storm has passed. One lasting effect felt by homeowners long after the cleanup is over, is the lack of affordable insurance. Often times after a natural disaster, insurance companies will pay homeowner claims and then make a business decision to not renew or issue new policies in an area fearing another catastrophic event. U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today sought to alleviate this problem by introducing legislation to create a federal backstop for catastrophic risk insurance coverage. The legislation would ensure the availability of affordable homeowners insurance in areas like the South Carolina coast that are at risk from major natural disasters. “Natural disasters have the potential to create significant insolvency in the insurance industry and keep affordable property and casualty coverage out of reach for many American homeowners,” said Graham. “Homeowners along South Carolina’s coast and elsewhere should not be punished. We need to help insurance rates stay low enough to ensure all Americans can purchase the insurance they need to protect their families.” The bill divides the country into six regions. When an earthquake, hurricane or typhoon occurs in one of these areas, the U.S. Treasury Department would auction off reinsurance coverage to private and state insurance carriers in the region. This federally backed coverage would be cheaper than reinsurance coverage offered by private providers. Graham noted the bill allows private insurers, reinsurers, and capital market companies to participate in these auctions. “This bill will create competition in the reinsurance market,” said Graham. “Competition is good for consumers because it lowers prices and improves the product.” The program will require a one-time government outlay of $2 million. Afterward, it will be self-sustaining, operating on the proceeds from the auctions and investments. ####

Sep 15 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Florence County will receive a $499,697 grant to support the juvenile drug court in South Carolina’s twelfth judicial circuit. The court assists youths who struggle with substance abuse and criminal behavior by providing them with judicial supervision, intense alcohol and drug treatment, personal case managers, and community support. “This money will help ensure youthful drug offenders receive the supervision and treatment necessary to overcome addictions and curb illegal behavior,” said Graham, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Corrections, and Victims’ Rights. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Sep 15 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Department of Education will receive $2.48 million in federal funds to support the development of the South Carolina Truancy and Dropout Prevention Initiative. The funds will be used to develop innovative technologies to identify and track youth at risk for truancy, to establish alternative community and school-based programs, and to create the South Carolina Center for Dropout and Truancy Prevention Programs. “The development of South Carolina’s youth is the key to future success in our state,” said Graham. The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Congressional Earmark Program. ####