Sep 24 2003
Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) and Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Corrections and Victims’ Rights today held a hearing to investigate the challenges of investigating and prosecuting fraudulent crimes against the elderly. The hearing focused on the impact new technologies and an increasingly global society has had on criminal efforts to take advantage of senior citizens. The quick and easy movement across borders and jurisdictions of people, information, and money has allowed some to hide in other countries while continuing to operate their fraudulent schemes here. Due to today’s technology, these fraudulent efforts are extremely hard to detect, and even harder to prevent. The committee also heard testimony about the current state of physical abuse directed toward senior citizens, and the laws used to prosecute these crimes. “These criminals prey on the vulnerabilities of our senior citizens, and cowardly hide in the shadows overseas in an attempt to escape American law enforcement,” said Graham. “They utilize our state-of-the-art commercial infrastructure to identify, contact, and defraud America’s greatest generation. While it is difficult to combat these crimes, we have a responsibility to protect our seniors and bring these criminals to justice.” The committee heard testimony from six witnesses: Daniel L. Mihalko, Inspector In Charge Congressional and Public Affairs, United States Postal Service; the Honorable James G. Huse, Jr., Inspector General, Social Security Administration; the Honorable Christopher Chiles, Prosecutor Cabell County, West Virginia, and Vice President National District Attorney’s Association; James Wright, Director of TRIAD, National Sheriff’s Association; Lori A. Stiegel, J.D., Associate Staff Director, Commission on Law and Aging, American Bar Association; and Douglas Holbrook, Board of Directors, AARP. These individuals are on the front lines in this battle, and were asked to share their successes, challenges, and needs. Graham noted the need to formulate a multi-lateral approach to this problem, coordinating the law enforcement efforts at the federal, state, and local level. “When all levels of law enforcement work together, the country can make great strides in combating crime,” said Graham. “We have seen this approach work in reducing domestic violence and child abuse; now we must tackle elder abuse.” In this effort, Graham sees the need to stiffen penalties for criminal offenders who exploit seniors. “As far as I’m concerned, there are not enough bad things we could do to these people,” said Graham. “Slapping them on the wrist won’t deter much crime. As our senior population continues to grow, we need to strengthen and enhance the capabilities of law enforcement to combat these crimes,” said Graham. ####
Sep 24 2003
Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) and Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced school districts in Charleston, Georgetown, Richland, and York will receive federal grants to improve emergency response plans in schools.
- Charleston County Public School District will receive $430,738.
- Georgetown County School District will receive $109,731.
- Richland School District 2 will receive $242,310.
- Rock Hill School District 3 will receive $249,900.
Sep 22 2003
Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Attorney General’s office will receive a $400,000 grant to support the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The funds will be used in South Carolina to establish and maintain a multi-agency and multi-disciplinary response to ICAC offences. The Task Force will bring together federal, state, and local law enforcement and child welfare organizations to: Conduct reactive and proactive ICAC investigations; Develop a prevention education program; Establish a case management system; Develop standardized protocol for interagency referrals; and, Increase forensic and investigative capacity through training and the acquisition of specialized equipment. “The internet has created a new set of challenges for protecting our children,” said Graham, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Corrections, and Victims’ Rights. “These task forces educate children and parents about the potential dangers of the Internet, and bring together experts from all levels of law enforcement to catch criminals who sexually exploit or otherwise harm innocent children.” The South Carolina ICAC Task Force was started in 1998, one of the ten original programs throughout the country. Since then, the Attorney General’s office has received over $936,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to support this effort. Currently, there are 36 Task Forces across the United States. ####
Sep 22 2003
Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) and Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)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 22 2003
Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)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
Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced South Carolina State University will receive an $810,000 grant to support their space sciences program. The funds will be used to support the University’s New Directions in Astronomy and Astrobiology project. “This grant will enable students and faculty at S.C. State to work closely with leading researchers in space science,” said Graham. “It will help train a new generation of South Carolinians to be leaders in future space technology.” NASA’s Minority University and College Education and Research Partnership Initiative in Space Science offers minority universities an opportunity to develop academic programs and/or faculty and student capabilities in space science through close partnerships with major space science research groups. South Carolina State is one of sixteen colleges and universities selected to participate in this program. ####
Sep 17 2003
Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) and Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)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 17 2003
Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) and Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)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.
Sep 17 2003
Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) and Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)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