Sep 09 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced North Charleston will receive $372,562 in federal aid to support Operation Ceasefire. The funds, part of a federal earmark previously announced by Graham, will be used to fund overtime expenses for Operation Ceasefire response teams. Operation Ceasefire is an initiative to decrease gun violence in North Charleston and surrounding communities through monitoring of technology designed to detect gun fire. “This is an excellent example of using modern technology to fight violent crime and protect South Carolinians,” said Graham. “Law enforcement officers risk their lives to protect others; they deserve the best equipment and technology available.” The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Sep 09 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement regarding the passing of Jim Phillips: “I can not adequately express the significance of Jim Philip’s life and the effect his passing has on the Clemson Family. Personally, he was a true friend and one of the most delightful people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. God gave him a tremendous gift which he shared with so many for all too brief a period of time. I join in the celebration of Jim’s life and the mourning of his passing with the entire Clemson family and all those who are fortunate enough to call Jim Phillips a friend. He was truly one of the best in the business and will be deeply missed.” ###

Sep 03 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced $677,508 in grants to fire departments in Greenwood, Murrells Inlet, Olar, Pamplico, Spartanburg, Starr and Yemassee. “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. Greenwood: The Northwest Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department will receive a $54,708 grant. Murrells Inlet: The Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District will receive a $203,402 grant. Olar: The Govan Fire Department will receive a $10,998 grant. Pamplico: The Hannah-Salem-Friendfield Fire District will receive a $178,830 grant. Spartanburg: The North Spartanburg Area Fire & Rescue District will receive a $62,108 grant. Starr: The Starr Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $41,462 grant. Yemassee: Yemassee Fire & Rescue will receive a $126,000 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. ####

Sep 03 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced South Carolina will receive $496,750 to enhance the safety of public and private highway-grade crossings along federally designated high-speed rail corridors. The funds can be used for a number of hazard elimination activities including: crossing closure; crossing consolidation or grade separation; installation or upgrade of automated warning devices to include bells, flashing lights and/or gates; improvements to track circuitry, crossing surface upgrades, crossing sight distances or illumination; installation of advanced train control or traffic control systems; and other related project development and engineering activities. “This money will improve the safety of South Carolina’s railroad crossings and help save lives,” said Graham. “In addition, the upgrades provided by this grant will act as a stimulus for bringing high-speed rail to South Carolina. This is a great investment toward future economic development.” The grant has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. ####

Sep 02 2003

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the state $20.3 million to enhance preparations for a bio-terror attack. The funds come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). CDC will provide the state $13.2 million to strengthen public health preparedness for bioterrorism, outbreaks of infectious disease, and public health emergencies. The remaining $7.1 million from HRSA is to be used for hospital preparedness and to develop surge capacity to deal with mass casualty events. The funds are part of a $1.4 billion package to states. “During these difficult times, it’s critical our state be prepared to deal with a bio-terror attack,” said Graham. “Terrorists groups have shown an interest in obtaining biological weapons and no one doubts their willingness to use them. It’s important our medical personnel have the proper response plan and training to deal with this real threat.” In March of this year, Graham announced $20 million dollars from HHS for South Carolina during an earlier round of bio-terror preparedness funding. ####

Aug 27 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Department of Education will receive a $1.265 million grant to support the South Carolina Public Charter Schools (PCSP) Grant Program. The PCSP Grant Program will support the five charter schools that were established in 2002-03, eight charter schools approved to open in 2003-04, and 20 additional schools that will open in 2004 and 2005. The money will enable the South Carolina Department of Education to provide implementation funds to support the schools. Twenty planning groups will also initiate the process to establish new charter schools. “Charter schools are an innovative way to improve education,” said Graham, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the U.S. Senate. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Aug 26 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will receive a $169,756 grant. The funds will be used to:
  • Increase coalition building among survivors, women of color, rural and child advocacy groups;
  • Finalize the development of a statewide domestic violence needs assessment tool;
  • Develop standards for domestic violence member groups;
  • Provide training for new and current domestic violence and sexual assault program staff; and
  • Develop and conduct a conference for law enforcement professionals on domestic violence and sexual assault.
“Domestic violence and sexual assault are devastating crimes,” said Graham. “We must punish the offenders and offer support to victims.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Aug 26 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Medical University of South Carolina will receive a $2,854,000 grant to help complete construction on a children’s research center. The center is a multi-disciplinary research facility focusing on childhood diseases. “The medical research done in South Carolina is on the cutting edge and helps improve lives throughout the country,” said Graham, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the U.S. Senate. “I am proud of MUSC for the work they do to aid children’s health.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####