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– U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said the $397.4 billion spending plan funding nearly all non-defense federal government operations in the coming year will directly affect South Carolina. The legislation passed the Senate yesterday by a vote of 76-20 and President Bush is expect to sign it into law in the coming days.
“This bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a good compromise between many varied interests. President Bush deserves credit for helping push the process along,” said Graham. “We still need to make structural reforms to how the Congress spends money and until we do the process is always going to be very messy.
“I’m very proud of my Republican colleagues for having the discipline to pass last years’ appropriation bills which Democrats were unable to complete,” said Graham. “At the end of the day the new Republican majority was able to complete the appropriations process in a little over a month – a task Senator Daschle and his Democratic colleagues were unable to do in an entire year.
“We demonstrated we're capable of leading the country,” continued Graham. “I'm very proud of my Republican colleagues for sticking together to vote down almost all attempts to add additional spending measures.”
Notable Projects in South Carolina Receiving Funding
- $3 million for South Carolina transit system.
- $1.5 million for Brown Road Bridge.
- $166,000 to the County Government Health Services Facility.
- $1 million for Railroad Avenue extension.
- $450,000 for extension of water lines to Cross Community schools.
Charleston / North Charleston
- $2 million for 278 corridor improvements.
- $3.5 million for the MUSC Oncology Center.
- $1.9 million for United States Vegetable Lab.
- $1.8 million increase to College of Charleston School of Science and Mathematics.
- $1.2 million for John F. Limehouse Bridge.
- $1 million for biological and environmental research at MUSC.
- $900,000 for the Commission of Public Works for wastewater tunnel replacement.
- $810,000 for the South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporation for job training.
- $630,000 for pre and post homeownership classes.
- $500,000 to Trident Technical College.
- $500,000 for North Charleston Regional Intermodal Transportation Center.
- $416,000 for the Advanced Technical Institute Telehealth Deployment Center.
- $202,500 to Housing Foundation, Inc for construction of the Lincolnville Community Center.
- $180,000 to the country for wastewater infrastructure improvements.
- $1.8 million increase to the South Carolina Association of School Administrators for the Blue Ribbon School Reform Project and Interactive Library.
- $1.5 for Columbia Metropolitan Airport ATC Tower relocation.
- $1 million for Assembly Street railroad consolidation and grade crossing elimination.
- $990,000 for facilities construction and redevelopment of the Drew Park Wellness Center.
- $500,000 for the South Carolina State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education for distance learning programs.
- $450,000 for the University of South Carolina for geological study for uranium groundwater contamination.
- $700,000 for Call Me Mister program at Clemson University.
- $225,000 for water infrastructure improvements.
- $500,000 for swine lagoon alternatives research.
- $450,000 for continued construction of a regional surface water plant.
- $250,000 for Cotton Genetics Research.
- $100,000 to ScienceSouth for science education programs, science traveling exhibits and outreach activities.
- $2 million for Highway 17/521 improvements.
- $360,000 for Five Rivers Community Development Corporation for economic development and affordable housing.
- $900,000 for city water and sewer infrastructure improvements.
- $250,000 for master plan relocation study.
- $171,000 for removal of radium from water supply.
- $600,000 for the Sandhills Medical Foundation.
- $900,000 for the Waterworks Commission for the Snowden Community Wastewater Collection project.
- $50,000 for the county library.
- $3 million for I-73 from North Carolina state line to Myrtle Beach.
- $1.125 million for regional multimodal transit center.
- $450,000 for South Carolina Downtown Redevelopment Corporation for storm water infrastructure improvements for the Pavilion Area master plan.
- $4.144 million for the Orangeburg Substation Phase II.
- $550,000 to South Carolina State University of Southern Rural Transportation Center.
- $400,000 to the County Rural Transit Demonstration Project at South Carolina State University.
- $1 million for the Arkwright Connector.
- $1 million for runway extension at downtown airport.
- $283,500 to the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind for facilities construction.
- $270,000 for a feasibility study and physical assessment for the redevelopment of the Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Company Textile mill site.
- $5 million for Intermodal Transportation Center.
- $4.6 million for the Broad River Corridor.
- $198,000 for water infrastructure improvements.
Army Corp of Engineers- General
- $180,000 for Boys and Girls Club of Williamsburg country for construction related to facilities expansion.
Army Corp of Engineers- Construction
- $575,000 for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
- $200,000 for the Broad River Basin.
- $135,000 for Charleston Harbor.
- $100,000 for Pawley’s Island.
- $50,000 for the Reedy River.
- $50,000 for the Santee Delta Environmental Restoration.
- $25,000 for the Waccamaw River.
Army Corp of Engineers- Operations and Maintenance
- $5.5 million for Charleston Harbor Deepening and Widening.
- $3.2 million for Hartwell Lake Upper and Lower Diversion.
- $1.862 million for Lakes Marion and Moultrie.
- $400,000 for Myrtle Beach Storm Damage Reduction.
Savannah River Site
- $10.516 million for Charleston Harbor.
- $6.89 million for the Cooper River.
- $3.7 million for Georgetown.
- $3 million for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
- $1 million for Port Royal Harbor.
- $816,000 for Shipyard River.
- $396,000 for Town Creek.
- $257,000 for Folly River.
Other Projects of South Carolina Interest
- $93 million for the construction of the MOX fuel fabrication facility.
- $33 million for pit disassembly and conversion.
- $14.87 million for High Level Waste Removal.
- $10.48 million for modernization of the Tritium Extraction Facility.
- $2 million for Plutonium Packaging and Stabilization.
- $198,372 for fissile material disposition.
- $10 million for the National Textile Center.
- $7 million for South Carolina vehicles and facilities.
- $5 million for the Forest Legacy Coastal Forest Ecological Restoration.
- $2.5 million for land acquisition at the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge.
- $2 million for the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center.
- $2 million for the Francis Marion National Forest.
- $2 million for the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River.
- $1 million for the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.
- $1 million for intermodal/inland port terminal.
- $1.5 million for South Carolina statewide ITS as part of South Carolina Department of Transportation.
- $4 million for Bonneau Ferry.
- $1.5 million for South Carolina shrimper assistance.
- $1 million for South Carolina Oyster Recovery.
- $800,000 for study to characterize land use change while preserving natural resources in cooperation with Clemson University.
- $650,000 for a new maintenance facility at the Congaree Swamp National Monument.
- $500,000 for high speed rail corridor in South Carolina.
- $500,000 for South Carolina Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education / Distance Learning.
- $500,000 for interchange improvements at Little Mountain exit on I-26.
- $500,000 for South Carolina Taxonomic Center.
- $500,000 for South Carolina seafood marketing.
- $450,000 for shrimp pathogens.
- $450,000 for Charleston Bump.
- $262,000 for Peach Tree Short Life.
- $166,000 for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
- $150,000 for the Cape Romain National Wildlife Reserve.
Note: Please note the list is a guide and there may be other projects not included on the current list.