Jun 04 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced $561,680 in grants to fire departments in Branchville, Chappells, Hampton, Pageland, and Westminster. “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. Branchville: The Hunter’s Chapel Fire Department will receive a $126,113 grant to purchase a new firefighting vehicle. Chappells: The Chappells Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $64,648 grant. Hampton: Hampton County Fire-Rescue will receive a $252,818 grant. Pageland: The High Point Fire District will receive a $65,392 grant. Westminster: The South Union Fire Department will receive a $52,709 grant to purchase a new firefighting vehicle. 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. The grants were made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ####

Jun 03 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded Lexington County a $276,614 grant for the improvement of the Adult Treatment Court. The court provides judicial supervision for nonviolent adult criminal offenders as they participate in addiction treatment services. They also monitor the offenders' progress in treatment to stop their use of drugs, end their involvement in crime and improve their ability to function as responsible citizens. “Drug court is an innovative approach to punishment of non-violent drug offenders,” said Graham.

Jun 03 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Medical University of South Carolina has been awarded a $272,971 grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for training in alcohol research. “Alcoholism is a deadly disease that affects the lives of many people,” said Graham. “The research conducted at MUSC has the potential to improve the quality of life for those that suffer from the damaging effects of alcohol abuse.”

Jun 03 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ has awarded Clemson University a $247,129 grant for a project in conjunction with the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council Rural Planning Project. The funds are to be used to expand the availability of effective substance abuse treatment and recovery services to improve the lives of those affected by alcohol and drug addictions. The program also seeks to reduce the impact of alcohol and drug abuse on individuals and families and address mental health needs. “These funds will improve the ability of rural communities to provide services to people who are battling substance abuse and provide mental health services to those who need it,” said Graham. “The goal is to improve the lives of individuals and families, and improve the quality of life in the community.”

Jun 03 2003

South Carolina Awarded Over $42 Million from HUD

Sumter, Charleston, and Santee-Lynches HOME Consortium Receive Individual Grants

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded South Carolina $42.8 million in grant money for fiscal year 2003. The awards consist of $27 million for the Community Development Block Grant Program; $13.2 million for the HOME Investment Partnership Program; $1.4 million for the Emergency Shelter Grant Program; and $1.1 million for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program.
  • The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) develops viable communities and provides decent housing and a suitable living environment by expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income households.
  • The HOME Investment Partnership Program creates affordable housing for low-come households. It allows communities to design and implement strategies tailored to their own needs and priorities.
  • The Emergency Shelter Grant Program provides funds for the rehabilitation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelter for the homeless and for homeless prevention activities.
  • The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program addresses the housing needs of low-income persons diagnosed with AIDS.
“This is an investment in the future and will help improve the quality of life for many South Carolinians,” said Graham. “These funds will enable the state to assist people with housing needs to establish themselves in the community and contribute to the overall economic health of the state.” Graham also noted HUD awarded three other grants to specific locales and organizations in the state.
  • Sumter will receive $476,000 for CDBG Programs primarily consisting of youth employment, downtown historic preservations, affordable housing, demolition of substandard structures, and improvements including parks, streets and drainage.
  • Charleston will receive $1.31 million for CDBG Programs, $923,734 for HOME Investment Partnership Programs, and $401,000 for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Programs.
  • The Santee-Lynches HOME Consortium will receive $1 million for HOME Investment Partnership Programs in Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, and Sumter counties for affordable homeownership programs, housing rehabilitation, and housing assistance for the elderly.
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Jun 03 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded Lexington County a $276,614 grant for the improvement of the Adult Treatment Court. The court provides judicial supervision for nonviolent adult criminal offenders as they participate in addiction treatment services. They also monitor the offenders' progress in treatment to stop their use of drugs, end their involvement in crime and improve their ability to function as responsible citizens. “Drug court is an innovative approach to punishment of non-violent drug offenders,” said Graham.

May 27 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced today the Clemson University Physics and Astronomy Department has been awarded a research project worth $50,000 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Office of Space Science. The experiment to be conducted at Clemson will support NASA’s Living with a Star Space Environment Testbeds (LWS SET) program. The goal of the LWS SET is to improve the capability to accommodate or mitigate the effects of solar variability on spacecraft design and operations. “South Carolina’s universities are among the best in the nation,” Graham said. “This is an example of the high-tech research that is conducted every day in South Carolina by our colleges.” Graham noted that of the proposals NASA received from various organizations to participate in this project, only six were selected throughout the country. Clemson was one of two universities chosen for the project. The contract will have an option for an additional $200,000 if the findings from the first $50,000 successfully complete a peer review.

May 27 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced today the Lowcountry Council of Governments in Yemassee has been awarded a $52,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The funds will be used to support regional economic development planning. “Economic development is vital to improving the future of our state,” Graham said. “The Lowcountry is very attractive to potential investors and businesses, and this money will help ensure the area remains competitive in their ability to recruit new investment.”

May 23 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today voted in support of the third largest tax cut in American history. The vote in the Senate was 51-50 with Vice President Dick Cheney casting the deciding vote. The House of Representatives passed the package last night and President Bush will sign the bill into law. Graham noted the legislation contained: Aid to State Governments: Facing a severe budget crunch, state government will benefit from the $20 billion in aid to the states. Over the next eighteen months, South Carolina will receive $136.4 million in direct aid to be spent at the state’s discretion and $129.1 million for the states Medicaid program. (Source: Senate Finance Committee calculations) Tax Relief: All taxpayers will receive relief from lower tax rates across the board. Parents will also benefit from the $400 rebate checks to be mailed out in the coming weeks as the child tax credit is raised from $600 to $1,000. Capital gains tax rates and taxation of dividends are also reduced to help spur economic growth. Married couples will also benefit from elimination of the marriage penalty.


Graham made the following statement after passage of the legislation: “The tax cut is the third largest in American history and it’s at a time when we need more money in the economy. It accomplishes three major goals: helps the states, helps all Americans who pay taxes, and spurs the economy forward. “We’re going to provide South Carolina with approximately $265.6 million over the next eighteen months to help alleviate the budget shortfall. This will have a big impact on the Medicaid program in the short term. However, long-term we still need to address fundamental reform of the Medicaid system. Governor Sanford and the leaders of the state legislature realize Medicaid is a ticking time-bomb and reform is absolutely necessary. “On the tax cut side, families with a child under 18 years old will receive $400 per-child rebates in the coming weeks. We lower all income tax rates across-the-board. Taxpayers will see an increase in their paychecks this summer as employers adjust the withholding rates. We also eliminate the marriage penalty, the quirk in the tax code that causes some married couples to pay more than singles. “The investment climate has improved dramatically with today’s passage of the Bush tax cut. The capital gains tax rate goes down and taxation of dividends is cut in half. The value of the tax cut package is currently $350 billion but over time it will grow and could eventually total about $800 billion. Needless to say, I’m very pleased.”

How May South Carolinians Benefit from Tax Relief: (Based on 2002 Tax Returns)
  • At least 862,000 taxpayers will benefit from the lower 10 percent tax bracket.
  • At least 271,000 taxpayers will benefit from a reduction in the top tax rates.
  • At least 445,000 taxpayers will benefit from elimination of the marriage penalty.
  • At least 373,000 taxpayers will benefit from the $1,000 per child tax credit.
  • At least 301,000 taxpayers will benefit from reduced taxes on capital gains and dividends.

May 23 2003

MUSC and USC Receive Health Studies Grants

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded five grants to South Carolina totaling $5,334,406. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control received the largest grant, worth over $4.6 million, to aid the state in providing immunizations and vaccines for children. “This is great news for South Carolina,” Graham said. “Protecting the health of our children is a solid investment in the future.” The four other grants are for research to be conducted at the state’s medical schools:
  • $538,521 for pregnancy research at the Medical University of South Carolina. This project evaluates vitamin D requirements during pregnancy.
  • $164,160 for an MUSC program entitled “Academic Administrative Units in Primary Care.”
  • $15,000 for continuing education and development projects at MUSC from the Maternal & Child Health Bureau.
  • $10,000 for cancer cause and prevention research at the University of South Carolina.