Nov 20 2004

Senate Passes Spending Bill Containing Midlands Area Projects

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today voted in support of the spending bill that finances most federal agencies. The vote in the Senate was 65-30. A similar measure was passed by the House of Representatives today, and a vote on the final version will occur next week. President Bush should sign it into law. The measure covers the government budget year that started October 1 and is a compilation of nine separate bills financing all federal agencies except the Department of Defense and the Homeland Security Department. “I am pleased that my colleagues have come together in a bipartisan fashion to finish the work on the federal budget,” said Graham. “Every Senator was asked to give up some projects and make sacrifices for the common good.” “I would like to thank my colleague, Senator Hollings, and all the members of the delegation for working together to benefit all South Carolinians,” said Graham. The projects for the Midlands and central South Carolina include: Bamberg County:
  • $750,000 to the towns of Olar and Govan for water infrastructure improvements.
  • $400,000 to the Bamberg County Sheriffs Department for law enforcement technology.
Chester County:
  • $800,000 to the Chester County Sewer District for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.
  • $400,000 to the Chester County Sewer District for infrastructure upgrades to the Lando Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • $1.5 million for North Main Street improvements.
  • $1 million to the Richland County Sheriffs Office for the Regional Fugitive Task Force.
  • $1 million for Harden Street improvements.
  • $600,000 for Assembly Street improvements.
  • $400,000 to the Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center for facilities, equipment, and rural health care services at its Ridgeway health center.
  • $400,000 to Engenuity to promote the growth and development of knowledge-based businesses in Richland and Lexington counties.
  • $250,000 for the Richland County ScoutReach program
  • $200,000 to Big Brothers/Big Sisters for community and school based mentoring programs.
  • $100,000 to the South Carolina Office of Rural Health for facilities and equipment.
  • $100,000 to Silver Ring Thing to establish an innovative abstinence program.
  • $100,000 to the City of Columbia for the Capitalization of Enterprise revolving loan fund.
  • $100,000 to the City of Columbia for industrial park development.
University of South Carolina:
  • $10 million to Cooper Library.
  • $5 million for the Strom Thurmond Fitness and Wellness Center.
  • $275,000 to the Arnold School of Public Health for the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities.
Fairfield County:
  • $250,000 to Fairfield Memorial Hospital in Winnsboro for facilities and equipment
  • $6 million to SCDNR for an expansion of the Congaree National Park.
Kershaw County:
  • $1 million for wastewater infrastructure improvements.
  • $225,000 for the I-20 corridor wastewater treatment plant expansion infrastructure project.
Lexington County:
  • $600,000 for the Lexington Connector study.
  • $200,000 for law enforcement technologies
Orangeburg County:
  • $750,000 for the Orangeburg railroad realignment project.
St. Matthews:
  • $200,000 for the St. Matthews Police Department methamphetamine initiative.
South Carolina State University:
  • $3 million for the SC State University Transportation Center.
  • $350,000 for the science complex.
Sumter County:
  • $145,000 to the South Sumter Resource Center for facilities construction and renovation.
Voorhees College:
  • $100,000 to establish a tele-health system.
Other Projects of Note:
  • $14 million to the South Carolina Judicial Department for a case docket system.
  • $4 million for South Carolina Department of Transportation buses and bus facilities.
  • $2.5 million to South Carolina Department of Transportation for the InRoads project.
  • $2.5 million for Briggs-DeLaine-Pearson Connector.
  • $900,000 for the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor Discovery Sites.
  • $800,000 for the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s Older Drivers and Pedestrian Signage Demonstration Project.
  • $250,000 to the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice for statewide technology enhancements.