Oct 01 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University will receive a $699,312 grant to increase graduation rates of students with disabilities. The funds will be used to support programs that emphasize dropout prevention and re-entry into education by students who have already dropped out of school. The Center will organize and apply a network of knowledge and support sources, interact and collaborate with key organizations that provide programs and professional services, and utilize the expertise of researchers and practitioners to offer outreach activities and resources relevant to dropout prevention activities. “We have a responsibility to educate and inspire young people, and effectively communicate to them the benefits of staying in school,” said Graham. “This grant will help the Center do just that.” ####

Oct 01 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced North Safety Products in Charleston has been awarded a $10 million contract to provide items urgently needed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The contract calls for the delivery of chemical protective, rubber gloves. “South Carolina companies provide the tools necessary to protect the health and safety of our men and women in uniform,” said Graham. “Our armed forces are bringing freedom to an oppressed people, and making the world safer. They deserve the best equipment and supplies money can buy. The employees at North Safety Products should be proud of the role they are playing to win the War on Terrorism.” The contract was awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense. ####

Sep 30 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Greenville Family Partnership, fiscal agent for the Greenville Safe and Drug Free Alliance, will receive a $100,000 Drug Free Community grant to support their efforts to reduce substance abuse among area youth. The funds will be used to:
  • Distribute educational materials and contact alcohol retailers and resellers to increase awareness of binge drinking and alcohol poisoning among youth;
  • Offer ongoing weekly parenting classes to make parenting skills training as an option for family court;
  • Produce an initial baseline report on youth substance abuse in Greenville County;
  • Produce a plan for addressing gaps in prevention, awareness, and treatment services;
  • Disseminate information through 4 forums, 20 workshops, a call-in radio show, 3 informational mailings, and in insert in the Greenville News;
  • Hold quarterly meetings with law enforcement and government leaders to strengthen alcohol, tobacco, and other drug laws;
  • Develop a written strategic plan based on the results of the baseline study.
“Coalitions like this help South Carolina’s youth avoid the pitfalls of abusing drugs and alcohol,” said Graham. “They take a unique approach to this serious problem, addressing not only law enforcement and education, but also getting families actively involved in the lives of their children.” The Drug-Free Communities Program provides grants of up to $100,000 to community organizations that serve as catalysts for citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. 183 new grants totaling $17.5 million were awarded today to community anti-drug coalitions across the country. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Sep 30 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, fiscal agent for the Community Roundtable of Irmo, Dutch Fork, and Chapin, will receive a $99,984 Drug Free Community grant to support their efforts to reduce substance abuse among youth in Lexington and Richland counties. The funds will be used to:
  • Establish Family Resource Centers in low-income, subsidized housing communities;
  • Provide youth with tutoring and academic assistance, mentoring, recreational opportunities, and cultural enrichment activities;
  • Implement science-based drug prevention and parenting programs;
  • Support community policing, gang prevention, adult education, and family strengthening initiatives;
  • Improve coalition facilitation and management; raise community awareness;
  • Cultivate membership to increase levels of community involvement;
  • Recruit underrepresented groups t become involved in coalition activities.
“Coalitions like this help South Carolina’s youth avoid the pitfalls of abusing drugs and alcohol,” said Graham. “They take a unique approach to this serious problem, addressing not only law enforcement and education, but also getting families actively involved in the lives of their children.” The Drug-Free Communities Program provides grants of up to $100,000 to community organizations that serve as catalysts for citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. 183 new grants totaling $17.5 million were awarded today to community anti-drug coalitions across the country. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Sep 30 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, today announced $3.2 million in health grants have been awarded to South Carolina. State of South Carolina
  • $376,000 to the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to support SC Access Plus.
  • $40,000 to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to conduct a public awareness campaign about trauma centers. Medical University of South Carolina
  • $325,865 to support the development of orphan care products.
  • $307,490 for research in aging.
  • $211,180 for environmental health hazards research.
  • $139,100 for heart and vascular disease research.
  • $135,920 for kidney diseases, urology and hematology research.
  • $108,000 to support geriatric education centers. South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
  • $523,890 to research marine toxins. Life Point, Inc. in Charleston
  • $418,903 for programs to increase organ and tissue donation. Care Alliance Health Services in Charleston
  • $371,165 to support early intervention programs in the treatment of AIDS and HIV. University of South Carolina
  • $253,297 to support clinical research science laboratories. Clemson University
  • $73,500 for research in cancer detection and diagnosis.
“The programs supported by these grants not only provide South Carolinians with quality healthcare, but also provide the research necessary to improve the lives of all Americans,” said Graham. ####

Sep 30 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the City of Spartanburg, fiscal agent for the Spartanburg Youth Council, will receive a $99,693 Drug Free Community grant to support their efforts to reduce substance abuse among youth in Spartanburg County. The funds will be used to establish a research-based family strengthening program to: Improve family discipline and supervision, reduce family management problems, and improve bonding; Develop youth leadership opportunities to enhance protective factors; disseminate information about the dangers of using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; Strengthen interagency collaboration; Expand the coalition; Implement environmental policies with support from the community. “Coalitions like this help South Carolina’s youth avoid the pitfalls of abusing drugs and alcohol,” said Graham. “They take a unique approach to this serious problem, addressing not only law enforcement and education, but also getting families actively involved in the lives of their children.” The Drug-Free Communities Program provides grants of up to $100,000 to community organizations that serve as catalysts for citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. 183 new grants totaling $17.5 million were awarded today to community anti-drug coalitions across the country. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Sep 29 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, today announced school districts in Florence, Greenville, Lexington, Richland, and Sumter counties will receive education grants worth over $4 million.
  • Florence County School District One will receive a $294,738 grant for professional development institutes for arts educators. The school district, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education, the University of South Carolina, Converse College, and Columbia College will offer technology-rich professional development institutes for teachers in all 247 eligible public schools in the state. Instruction will cover visual arts, music and dance. Each teacher attending one of these institutes will receive a new multi-media computer, software, and peripheral equipment unique to a certain arts specialty.
  • Greenville County School District will receive a $178,285 grant to support the school districts professional development program. The project goal is to give Greenville County teacher and area professional artists a working knowledge of arts integrated instruction, leading to increased student engagement and performance. The program will expand the Tanglewood Arts Integration Training Institute and design professional development seminars for teachers and artists.
  • Lexington County School District One will receive a $499,914 grant to implement an effective smaller learning communities program at White Knoll High School. The funds will be used to increase the success rate of ninth grade students and implement extended learning opportunities for high school seniors.
  • Lexington-Richland School District Five will receive a $499,295 grant to create a more personalized experience and increase student achievement at Irmo High School. The funds will be used to create a Freshman Transition/Ninth Grade Experience program with a separate Ninth Grade House, academic teaming, flexible scheduling, and a semester class for study skills, life skills, service learning, and career awareness; a Peer and Mentoring Support program that will provide younger students with an upperclass mentor and student instructors for academic assistance; and, Schools of Study, small learning communities for grades 10-12 that combine academics with contextual learning, individualized graduation and career planning, linkages to postsecondary education, industry certification, internships and job shadowing, career exploration and preparation, and service learning.
  • Richland County School District will receive a $2 million grant to support the Students Truly Achieving at Richland One (STAR-1) program. STAR-1 is designed to address needs and gaps in the education programs at Dreher, Lower Richland, A.C. Flora, and Eau Claire high schools. The program initiatives call for the creation of a Freshman Academy to support student transition to high school, an Upper Academy to offer college and career assistance, extensive parental and community outreach programs, and professional development.
  • Sumter School District Two will receive a $956,856 grant to implement a Freshman Academy setting, career pathways, academic enhancement, mentoring, smaller class sizes and personalized settings at Crestwood and Lakewood high schools.
“These grants will help South Carolina schools provide a more complete, effective and personalized learning experience for our students,” said Graham. “The small learning community programs promote achievement and are designed to work with students to address their interests and to encourage success in those fields.” The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Sep 29 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Little River Medical Center in Little River will receive a $949,186 grant, and Palmetto Health Alliance will receive a $497,455 grant to improve access to healthcare in their communities. The Community Access Program (CAP) grants increase access to healthcare for uninsured and underinsured patients. CAP grants are designed to increase access to health care by eliminating fragmented service delivery, improving efficiencies among safety net providers, and by encouraging greater private sector involvement. Many CAP models provide for integration of substance abuse and mental health treatment into the primary care model and have as collaborative members social and human services organizations as well as the faith community. “The skyrocketing costs of healthcare and health insurance have left many South Carolinians without access to quality care,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. “These programs represent a joint effort by private companies and the federal government to provide healthcare and improve lives.” The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####

Sep 26 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced FN Manufacturing, Inc. in Columbia has been awarded a $6.97 million contract by the United States Army. The contract is for the purchase of 15,429 short barrels for the M-249 machine gun. The M-249 is a portable, high-fire volume, highly reliable light machine gun which serves as one of the Army and Marine Corps most valuable infantry weapon systems. “South Carolina is a leading producer of innovative and reliable technology for the United States military,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “The employees at FN should be proud of the role they play in keeping our troops well equipped and winning the War on Terror.” ####

Sep 26 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the United States Senate unanimously approved his resolution demanding that China stop cheating in international trade. “I am pleased to see the Senate coming together in a bi-partisan fashion to address the problem of China undervaluing their currency,” said Graham. “Chinese trade abuses affect every American and will be the ruin of our domestic manufacturing industry if action is not taken soon.” Graham’s resolution calls on the Chinese to correct their currency undervaluation. Some economists estimate that the yuan is now undervalued by as much as 40 percent. The undervaluation of the yuan makes Chinese goods less expensive for foreigners, and it makes foreign products more expensive for Chinese consumers. The effective result is a significant subsidization of China's exports and a virtual tariff on foreign imports. Undervalued currency and the efforts of the Chinese government to intervene in the yuan’s value violate the rules of the World Trade Organization. “I have said for years the Chinese cheat on their trade agreements,” said Graham. “In South Carolina, we have seen the devastating impact illegal Chinese imports have on our domestic textile industry and the entire manufacturing sector.” Graham noted China’s access to the U.S. textile and apparel market more than doubled in 2002, growing by an astounding 117 percent and is up an additional 114 percent so far in 2003, according to recent numbers from the American Textile Manufacturers Institute. Since 1997, the U.S. textile industry has been forced to close more than 250 textile plants in the country. More than 200,000 U.S. textile workers have lost their jobs and five of this country’s largest textile mills including Pillowtex, Burlington Industries, CMI Industries, Galey & Lord, and Malden Mills have filed for bankruptcy. “Something has to be done to stop the Chinese from cheating on their trade agreements,” said Graham. “I hope this resolution gets their attention. I think it is an important first step.” Graham has also taken a lead role in pushing the Schumer-Bunning-Graham bill through the Senate. This legislation would impose a 27.5% tariff on all Chinese imports if they do not put an end to their currency manipulation. In addition, it would allow the President to remove sanctions once he certifies that China has moved to a market-based currency. The tariffs would kick in after a grace period of 180 days to ensure that Treasury officials have adequate time to work with the Chinese to institute reforms. “My resolution and the introduction of this bill will send a strong message to the Chinese that it is time for them to stop abusing our trade agreements,” said Graham. “If they want to be a part of the international community its time to be a responsible player and clean up their act. Until China is reigned in and starts playing by the rules, our manufacturing industry will continue to bleed jobs because of unfair Chinese trade practices.” Graham and several other Senators also circulated a letter to Senate colleagues seeking support for action against China. The letter invited members to sign a letter to President Bush urging him to initiate the China special textile safeguard and take other actions to protect American textile companies from Chinese abuses. “I will continue to fight for South Carolina’s manufacturing jobs, and to end the devastating flow of illegally subsidized and illegally shipped Chinese goods into this country,” said Graham. ####