Apr 26 2012

With this bill, the federal government lives up to the commitments it has made to the state of South Carolina when it comes to cleanup and new missions at the site.  I'm very pleased with the work of the committee and appreciate my colleagues in recognizing and rewarding hard work done at SRS.

Apr 24 2012

The NLRB seems hell-bent on changing labor processes across-the-board for purely political reasons.  Just like the NLRB complaint against Boeing, the unprecedented NLRB Ambush Election rule takes the agency into another area it's never gone before.

Apr 19 2012

WASHINGTON ­– U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) today released the following statement on Syria:

 

“It is time for the Obama Administration to acknowledge what is obvious and indisputable in Syria: the Annan Plan has failed. Bashar al-Assad has not abided, and will not abide, by a ceasefire. And the only way to stop Assad’s campaign of slaughter is for the United States to take tangible steps with our friends and allies to help the Syrian opposition change the military balance of power on the ground.

 

“In a letter to the U.N. Security Council today, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that Assad is in violation of virtually every provision of the Annan Plan. There is no freedom of movement for journalists. There is no timely provision of humanitarian assistance to areas affected by the fighting. There is no freedom for Syrians to ‘demonstrate peacefully,’ as is their legal right. And most of all, there is no ceasefire. On the contrary, Assad's tanks and artillery continue to shell civilian populations. His forces continue to assault and murder Syrians who attempt to protest peacefully. And his helicopters are now increasingly attacking Syrian towns and cities. Indeed, since the Annan Plan was announced last month, Assad has escalated the violence, killing at least one thousand additional Syrians and displacing thousands more from their homes.

 

“These are the realities in Syria today, and by refusing to recognize them, the international community is only enabling Assad to continue killing. The United Nations cannot be seen as an ineffective body that is fiddling while Syria burns. Assad’s campaign of violence will continue, as it has for more than a year now, until the military balance inside the country shifts against him. Until then, the killing will only increase, and diplomacy will continue to fail.

 

“Changing the military balance inside Syria requires the United States, in close coordination with our Turkish, Arab and other allies, to provide the Syrian opposition with the help they are pleading for to defend themselves. This can include training and equipping the Syrian opposition with weapons, providing them with tactical intelligence, and using airpower to target Assad’s command-and-control and help the Syrian opposition to create safe zones inside Syria.

 

“Some in the Obama Administration have suggested that America can outsource responsibility for providing the opposition with lethal assistance. In fact, based on our own conversations with our friends in the region – including courageous men and women in the Syrian opposition – we are convinced that none of this critical support is on track to happen, nor will it happen, unless the United States shows leadership. Right now, no country is providing the Syrian opposition with the help it desperately needs. The United States and the world are failing the people of Syria. And every day that we refuse to lead, more Syrians will die.”

 

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Apr 19 2012

WASHINGTON – Today Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), joined by Senators Klobuchar (D-MN), Kirk (R-IL), Collins (R-ME), Cardin (D-MD), Coats (R-IN) and McCain (R-AZ), introduced a bipartisan resolution that denounces the Syrian government for ongoing crimes against humanity and calling on President Obama to take action to hold accountable those responsible.

“Since the start of this conflict, the Syrian regime brutalized its own people, leaving thousands dead as it commits horrific crimes against humanity including the abduction and torture of children. Now is the time for President Obama to use his authority to document such crimes and for the international community to hold Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accountable for these atrocities. This resolution tells the Syrian people that Americans are with them as they fight for freedom and basic democratic rights,” said Blumenthal.

“It’s time we speak out against the crimes of the Assad regime and let the Syrian people know we are bearing witness to their plight and suffering,” said Graham. “The courage and resilience they have displayed over the past year, in the face of a horrific and ruthless onslaught, defies comprehension.  Our resolution allows the Senate to speak with one voice against the atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime and make sure their crimes against humanity are documented."

Since the uprisings in Syria began in January of 2011, the Syrian government has engaged in torture, abduction, and detention of the Syrian people, including children. This resolution urges the President to use his authority to collect information regarding such incidents in Syria, its leaders, and senior officials, who are responsible for crimes against humanity to hold them accountable for such crimes. Additionally, it urges President Obama to refer the situation in Syria to the newly established Atrocities Prevention Board and other available international legal processes.

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Click here for the full resolution.

Apr 08 2012


Today's signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on night raids in Afghanistan is another major step forward. The agreement balances the practical needs of the Afghan people with the needs of American military commanders. The agreement ensures night raids will continue to deliver punishing blows to the Taliban and other insurgents.


Mar 30 2012

Graham Applauds NRC Approval of New Nuclear Reactors

“The renaissance in American nuclear energy has begun." -- Senator Lindsey Graham


Senator Lindsey Graham, who has compiled a long record as one of the strongest supporters of nuclear energy in the Congress, said he was very pleased the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had approved the construction permits for two new nuclear reactors in South Carolina.


Mar 29 2012


Today, we reach the end of the long and winding road.  The first two tanks are now clean and in the process of being permanently closed.  It was a decision that was good for our environment and good for the taxpayer, saving billions.


Mar 29 2012

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) was joined by 25 of his Republican colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) urging him to allow legislation reauthorizing the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank to come to the Senate floor for consideration. Ex-Im Bank reauthorization has broad bipartisan support in the Senate and is critical in efforts to allow for the private sector to create and sustain American jobs.

 

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Letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid on Export-Import Reauthorization

Mar 28 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today welcomed the support of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce for reauthorization of the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank.

 

“The Bank has proven to be self sustaining and provides a necessary level playing field in which U.S. Companies can compete in world trade,” said David Cordeau, President and CEO of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce.  “We need to do everything we can to insure that our workers have jobs that can be supported by their ability to compete fairly in world commerce.  Exports play an important part in the economy of South Carolina and particularly in the Upstate region.”

 

The Export-Import Bank was established in 1934 and since Ex-Im was last reauthorized in 2006, the bank has returned $3.4 billion to the U.S. Treasury above and beyond the costs of its operations.

 

“I truly appreciate David Cordeau and the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce for their support of the reauthorization of the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank,” said Graham, who has been leading Republican efforts in the Senate to reauthorize the bank as its charter expires May 31.

 

The South Carolina House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution calling on Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im and encouraging the congressional delegation to vote in support. The South Carolina Senate overwhelmingly passed the resolution, 32-2.

 

Graham noted that both small and large businesses in South Carolina have benefitted from Ex-Im.  One of the most prominent statewide examples is The Boeing Company which opened the 787 Dreamliner production facility in North Charleston.  The facility employs more than 6,000 people in South Carolina and is responsible for thousands of associated jobs.

 

In a letter sent to Graham, Jim McNerney, President and CEO of Boeing, noted that eight out of every ten Boeing 787 Dreamliners now built in South Carolina are expected to be purchased by international customers who are eligible for and routinely seek export credit support from Ex-Im Bank.  Without Ex-Im, many of these customers would purchase from Airbus, which is made in Europe and backed by multiple European export credit agencies.

 

“The reauthorization of Ex-Im will directly benefit South Carolina’s job creation efforts and manufacturing industries,” said Graham.  “It is imperative we continue to grow our ability to export goods made in South Carolina around the world.”

 

“I wish we didn’t need an Ex-Im bank,” said Graham.  “But other countries have far more aggressive financing regimes in place.  The United States cannot and should not unilaterally disarm.  However, it is my goal to do more than reauthorize Ex-Im, we should also work to improve its operations.  I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to achieve both goals of reauthorization and improvement of Ex-Im.”

 

“Last year, exports from South Carolina increased by 21 percent,” continued Graham.  “We need to continue on that path, creating jobs and putting South Carolinians back to work.  If Congress does not reauthorize Ex-Im, it will have a devastating impact to both our state and national economy.”

 

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 South Carolina Economic Leaders Strongly Support Reauthorization of Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank

 

“Eight out of every ten Boeing 787 Dreamliners now built in South Carolina are expected to be purchased by international customers who are eligible for and regularly seek export credit support from Ex-Im. Without this support, many of our customers would choose to purchase airplanes from Airbus, made in Europe, built by European labor, sold with the aggressive backing of multiple European export credit agencies. ..Jobs in South Carolina are at risk without an extended and robust reauthorization for Ex-Im.”

W. James McNerney, Jr.

Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

The Boeing Company

 

 

 

“Exports are particularly important to the South Carolina economy.  If our manufacturing base is to grow, we must continue to expand our ability to export goods from South Carolina facilities.  Given the key role the Bank plays in facilitating sales, failure to reauthorize it would be devastating to existing industry and to those we hope to create in the future.”

Lewis F. Gossett

President and CEO

South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance

 

 

“The Bank performs an important function for U.S. companies seeking markets for U.S. made products.  The Bank provides credit insurance and export-financing products that fill gaps in trade financing and does not compete with private sector lenders.”

W. David Hastings

President

Mount Vernon Mills

 

 

 

“First, this issue is of critical importance to Boeing South Carolina and their ability to successfully compete with global aircraft manufacturers. Second, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce recently re-established the World Trade Center Charleston.  More than 80 percent of Ex-Im’s transactions support small businesses.  The World Trade Center Charleston’s goal is to help our region’s small business community to help them expand by selling their products and services on the global marketplace.  The Ex-Im is a vitally needed tool to help in expanding local businesses in our region.”

Bryan Derreberry

President and CEO

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

 

 

“Over the last five years, Ex-Im has assisted more than 47 South Carolina companies from around the state export their products and services throughout the world.  Ex-Im plays an important role in supporting South Carolina jobs and exports. …Support for the Ex-Im Bank means support for S.C. exports and S.C. jobs.”

F. Ben Haskew

President and CEO

Greenville Chamber of Commerce

 

 

 

“Last year alone, the Ex-Im supported more than $40 billion in U.S. exports that helped create or sustain 290,000 U.S. jobs at more than 3,600 companies.  The Ex-Im is also self-sustaining.  In the years since Ex-Im was last authorized in 2006, the bank has returned $3.4 billion to the U.S. Treasury above and beyond the cost of its operation.”

Otis Rawl

President and Chief Executive Officer

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

 

 

“The deadline for Ex-Im is fast approaching.  If reauthorization is not granted before then, some corporations may begin to shift purchases to foreign companies as sufficient credit will not be available.  This will add a major, unintended (and unprecedented) barrier to domestic manufacturing.  ..Failure to reauthorize Ex-Im will create an unfair disadvantage for American companies, ultimately causing American jobs to move overseas.”

Brad Dean

President and CEO

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce