Jun 11 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded seven new grants totaling $5.123 million to bolster port security in Charleston and Georgetown. The Office of Domestic Preparedness awarded six of the grants:
  • $3.79 million for Charleston County to support port security;
  • $590,500 to the South Carolina State Ports Authority for Georgetown;
  • $274,000 to the South Carolina State Ports Authority for Charleston;
  • $250,000 to the Maritime Association of the Port of Charleston;
  • $219,000 for APN Terminals.
“Protecting South Carolina’s ports from potential security threats is one of the most important issues our state faces in a post September 11th world,” said Graham. “Thousands of people live and work around our ports. The safety of South Carolinians is priority number one and these funds will help ensure our ports remain safe, and open for business.” Graham noted that this is the second round of grant announcements this week for port security. Earlier in the week, DHS awarded a $1.7 million grant to the South Carolina State Ports Authority for security enhancements at the Port of Charleston.

Jun 11 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded the city of Summerville a $34,344 grant for fire prevention programs. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant will help the fire department with their public education and awareness activities, fire code enforcement activities, fire inspection certificates, purchase and installation of smoke alarms and fire suppression systems, wildland fire mitigation and arson prevention and detection activities. “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 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.

Jun 11 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded the city of Cordova $148,401 for a new fire tanker. The tanker will hold up to 1,800 gallons of water. “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 program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in their communities. 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.

Jun 10 2003

Congress Passes Defense Spending Bill for FY04

Bill Contains Several Hundred Million Dollars for SC Projects

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Senate approved the FY 2004 Defense Appropriations Bill which includes several hundred million dollars for projects directly affecting South Carolina. Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted for the bill, which passed the Senate 95-0. Highlights of South Carolina projects in the bill include: South Carolina Upstate The bill appropriates a total of $140.222 million for the P-3 aircraft Anti-Surface Warfare Improvement Program (AIP). The Anti-Surface Warfare Improvement Program greatly expands the P-3C’s capabilities and includes additional advanced technology sensors, expanded communication systems, upgraded weapon delivery capabilities, and survivability upgrades. The plus up includes $18.2 million for additional AIP kits and $3 million for Tactical Common Data Link. A portion of this work will be done in Greenville. $12 million for Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) to support prototype development. A portion of this work will be done in Greenville. $1.25 million for Formidable Aligned Carbon ThermoSets (FACTS), a new composite product for naval aircraft construction. FACTS will allow the design and fabrication of much more efficient designs significantly lowering airframe weight. A significant amount of the development will be conducted in Anderson. South Carolina Midlands $34.592 million for the purchase of additional M109A6 Paladin Howitzers. The Paladin is the most advanced self-propelled howitzer cannon system fielded in the world. The additional 36 Paladins authorized and appropriated are solely for the Army National Guard. A significant number of components for the Paladin are built in Aiken. $5 million for M-249 Squad Automatic Weapons (Army) and $4 million for M-249 Squad Automatic Weapons (Marine Corp) produced in Columbia. 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. $3.6 million for the AH-64 Vibration Management Enhancement Program (VMEP). The Army has selected the South Carolina National Guard’s VMEP, in conjunction with the University of South Carolina, as the aircraft maintenance diagnostic system for all Army AH-64 Apache and Apache Longbow helicopters. $1.2 million for the development of an Advanced Electric Drive for military use. South Carolina Lowcountry $8.4 million for continued research and development to create vaccines for the Ebola and Marburg viruses. The research will be conducted in Mt. Pleasant. $2.8 million for the procurement of Quadrangle Containers, produced in Charleston. These shipping containers divide into four separate sections to aid in transport by facilitating the loading and unloading process. $2.25 million for continued development of multi-spectral Barium GaloGermanite (BGG) glass window technology, an essential component for airborne reconnaissance systems. Research and development of BGG glass is conducted in Hilton Head. $2.1 million for further development of Lean Munitions, designed to reduce the time necessary to design, manufacture and test munitions to keep pace with the Army’s increased operational tempo. $2 million for the development of an Autolog System, a concept that uses multi-point stabilization to overcome the pendulations problems on existing shipboard cranes. Research will be conducted in Charleston. $1.5 million increase to the current Supply-Chain Practices for Affordable Navy Systems (SPANS) program. This will support additional pilot programs to help prime contractors work with their supply chains in the context of the new acquisition practices. Misc. $55 million for C-37 Procurement. These aircraft support combatant commanders of forward deployed Navy and Marine Corps forces. $5 million for Eagle Vision which provides the South Carolina National Guard with in-theater, real-time acquisition and processing of commercial satellite imagery of our adversary’s territory. "Our state is the tip of the spear for our nation’s armed services," said Graham. "South Carolina is also a leader in military technology and plays a vital role in the war on terrorism. The men and women stationed here, both active duty and reserve components, play a major role in defending American interests around the world and providing freedom.” "I am proud to be from a state that is invaluable to America’s fighting force," said Graham. "We provide the human assets and support systems that make the U.S. military the world’s premier fighting force.” “This bill is important to our men and women in uniform. It provides the crucial technology and equipment on which they depend. South Carolina plays an important role in the defense of our country and our way of life.” The Defense Appropriations Act has also passed the U.S. House and will now be sent to President Bush for his signature. ####

Jun 10 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Justice has released $2.2 million to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety to improve juvenile justice programs. The funds can be used to develop programs to promote greater accountability in the states juvenile justice system by improving infrastructure and operations. “Accountability in government is a vital part of maintaining efficiency, effectiveness, and public oversight,” said Graham. “This grant will help ensure the juvenile justice programs in South Carolina are serving the needs of the state.” The funds were authorized by Congress and signed into law in November 2002. The money is allocated based on each state’s population of youth under age 18.

Jun 10 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 over $79 million dollars in projects for South Carolina. Graham voted for the bill which passed the Senate 92-0. “The projects funded in this bill improve the infrastructure of the state, maintain trade routes, and will help preserve the pristine recreational areas we all enjoy,” said Graham. “These projects will make the state more attractive for future economic development, business investment, and tourism.” “I am proud of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for passing this bill in a bipartisan manner,” said Graham. “This demonstrates the ability of the Republican leadership to reach out to our Democratic friends and accomplish business that is good for the American people.” Graham noted that in addition to the South Carolina specific projects, the bill provides $71.1 million dollars for the Appalachian Regional Commission, a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life. 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. South Carolina Projects Contained in the Senate Energy and Water Appropriation Bill
  • $16.924 million for the Russell Dam and Lake for construction, operations and maintenance;
  • $13.96 million for Lake Hartwell operations and maintenance;
  • $11.747 million for J. Strom Thurmond Lake for operation and maintenance;
  • $10.5 million for Charleston Harbor operations and maintenance;
  • $5.5 million for the Thurmond Lake Powerhouse for construction and major rehabilitation;
  • $5 million for the deepening and widening of Charleston Harbor;
  • $3.85 million to Lake Russell for land mitigation payments to South Carolina;
  • $3.38 million to the Cooper River for operations and maintenance;
  • $2.719 million to Georgetown Harbor for the dredging of Sampit River and Upper Winyah Bay, and for operations and maintenance;
  • $1.432 million to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway for operations and maintenance;
  • $1 million to Lake Russell for mitigation payment related to turbine operations at the dam;
  • $760,000 in additional money for the dredging of Charleston Harbor;
  • $452,000 to Folly River for operations and maintenance;
  • $430,000 to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway for general investigations;
  • $419,000 to Town Creek for operations and maintenance;
  • $350,000 to Lakes Marion and Moultrie for general stewardship;
  • $300,000 for the Aquatic Plant Control Program, a statewide management of nuisance aquatic plant problems in public waters;
  • $200,000 to the Savannah River Basin for general stewardship;
  • $200,000 to Folly Beach for general construction;
  • $170,000 to the Reedy River for general stewardship;
  • $125,000 to Pawleys Island for pre-construction engineering and design;
  • $100,000 to the Broad River Basin for general stewardship;
  • $100,000 to Edisto Island for an erosion study;
  • $75,000 for the Santee Delta Environmental Restoration;
  • $50,000 to the Waccamaw River for general stewardship;
  • $45,000 to Murrells Inlet for operations and maintenance.
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Jun 10 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Sandhill Medical Foundation in Jefferson will receive a $1.52 million loan and a $50,000 grant for the construction of a new medical clinic. The funds will be used to construct the new 10,000 square foot facility and purchase related furnishings and equipment. The new facility will include eight exam rooms, private office space and a pharmacy. The clinic will serve approximately 9,000 patients, many of whom lack the transportation necessary to travel to other parts of the county. “Rural and community medical clinics serve a vital need for the people of South Carolina,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. “This grant will help enable thousands of people in Chesterfield County to receive quality medical care.” The loan and grant were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ####

Jun 06 2003

WASHINGTON – A resolution introduced by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) commending the Clemson University Golf Team for winning the 2003 NCAA Division I Golf National Championship has passed the U.S. Senate. The resolution recognizes the many accomplishments the team achieved this year:
  • Winning the national championship by two strokes;
  • Becoming the first golf team in NCAA history to win its conference championship, an NCAA regional title, and the National Championship in the same year;
  • Starting and finishing the year ranked number one in the nation;
  • Winning 93 percent of their matches against teams ranked in the top 25;
  • Players D.J. Trahan, Jack Ferguson, and Matt Hendrix were honored as All-Americans for 2002-2003;
  • Head Coach Larry Penley won the Dave Williams Award as the National Coach of the Year as selected by the Golf Coaches Association.
“We’re all very proud of these young men and Coach Penley,” said Graham. “They have represented Clemson and the state of South Carolina well. The dedication, teamwork and sportsmanship they have demonstrated throughout the year set a high standard we should all strive to achieve.” Graham also noted that all members of the team who participated in the National Championship are native-born South Carolinians. The resolution extends an invitation to the team to visit the U.S. Capitol Building to be honored in Washington. U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-Westminster) has introduced a similar resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jun 06 2003

South Carolina to Receive $1.2 Million for Statewide ITS

System Plays Critical Role in Hurricane or Disaster Evacuations

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded South Carolina a $1.248 million Federal Highway Administration grant for the deployment of a statewide Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). The grant will help develop and enhance a traffic surveillance system/motorist information system on interstates which includes changeable message signs, highway advisory radios, and surveillance cameras. “This is great news for South Carolina’s motorists,” said Graham. “It will help make our highways safer and make traffic information more readily available to the public.” “The greatest benefit of a statewide ITS system is the improvements this will make in our statewide evacuation routes,” said Graham. “In the event of hurricanes or other disasters this will help South Carolinians escape danger and deliver their families to safe locations.”

Jun 06 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) a $23.8 million grant for homeland security and domestic preparedness. The funds will be used to improve the readiness of first responders and to help cover costs of enhanced security at critical facilities. The funds can also be used to pay for security costs incurred during Operation Iraqi Freedom and for future periods of heightened security. “The tragic events of September 11, 2001 changed our world forever,” said Graham. “Threats continue to exist from terrorist organizations determined to destroy our way of life and all we stand for.” “The funds will also help increase the safety of our first responders and provide them with the tools they need to protect our state,” said Graham. “Police officers, firefighters, and EMT’s are on the front lines defending South Carolina and protecting our citizens. The sacrifice made by these brave men and women make them some of the heroes in our midst. They deserve the best training and equipment available to carry out their duties.”