WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina projects that were included in the year-end spending bill set to be debated and voted on in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate this week.
Graham made these funding requests to the Senate Appropriations Committee, a committee on which he serves.
Among the South Carolina funding included in the legislation:
- Aiken (City): $4.5 million for water treatment system upgrades.
- Aiken – Rural Health Services: $422,000 for facilities and equipment to improve health care access.
- Aiken County: $413,000 to purchase updated firefighting equipment.
- Aiken County: $5 million for wastewater treatment plant expansion.
- Anderson – Restoration Project Foundation: $650,000 to develop and implement curriculum.
- Beaufort (City): $800,000 for storm water management.
- Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry: $1.5 million for facility improvements.
- Calhoun County: $10.511 million for water infrastructure expansion.
- Cayce: $858,000 to upgrade police equipment.
- Charleston (City): $200,000 to conduct a feasibility study to mitigate the effects of tidal and inland flooding in the Charleston area.
- Charleston (City): $13.325 million for preconstruction, engineering, and design to protect against severe storms and storm surge impacts at the Charleston Peninsula.
- Cheraw: $423,000 for water plant improvements.
- Clemson: $2.629 million for public infrastructure improvements.
- Clemson University: $6 million to improve student health care delivery.
- Columbia International University: $915,000 for nursing education program and equipment.
- Folly Beach: $500,000 to mitigate extensive shoreline erosion due to severe storms.
- Francis Marion University: $1.09 million for equipment for science, health care, and engineering.
- Greenville – MetroConnects: $4 million for sewer system upgrades.
- Greenville – REWA Renewable Water Resources: $6.3 million to construct wastewater infrastructure sewer and pumping station upgrades in Greenville County.
- Greenville Water: $5.4 million for transmission main line upgrades.
- Horry County: $22 million for an interchange extension.
- Kershaw County Family YMCA: $1.1 million to develop a child care center and training facility.
- Kingstree (Town): $4.6 million for park infrastructure.
- Limestone University: $700,000 campus safety equipment.
- Laurens County: $14.552 million for road safety improvements.
- Lexington (Town): $2.275 million to acquire updated technology for the police department.
- Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort: $900,000 to plan and design a new fuel pier.
- Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island: $75.9 million for the replacement of recruit barracks.
- Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island: $4.8 million to plan and design a new dental clinic.
- Medical University of South Carolina: $6.25 million for facilities and equipment to improve cancer care.
- Mount Pleasant: $10 million for reimbursement to the state of South Carolina for harbor deepening. The state pre-funded harbor deepening in an effort to accelerate the timeline and ensure the project was not delayed waiting on annual federal appropriations.
- Mount Pleasant: $5.677 million for drainage resilience.
- Mount Pleasant – Enough is Enough: $960,000 to conduct online exploitation prevention.
- North Charleston – Carolina Youth Development Center: $361,000 to enhance security.
- Pendleton: $5.3 million for wastewater treatment plant expansion.
- Pickens Regional Joint Water: $4 million for a water treatment plant.
- Piedmont Technical College: $256,000 to improve student outcomes and increase graduation rates.
- Roper St. Francis Hospital: $6.475 million for facilities and equipment to improve oncology care.
- Roper St. Francis Hospital: $3.775 million to increase access to health care.
- Sumter (City): $510,000 to upgrade their ballistic evidence system.
- South Carolina Emergency Management: $7.5 million for facility upgrades and modernization.
- Tri-County Technical College: $1.211 million for an automotive training center.
- University of South Carolina Aiken: $830,000 for equipment for STEM program.
- University of South Carolina Beaufort: $1 million for facilities and equipment improvements to nursing simulation center.
- University of South Carolina Lancaster: $110,000 for facilities and equipment to improve health care education.
- University of South Carolina School of Law: $950,000 for Rule of Law curriculum development.
- University of South Carolina: $2.505 million for facilities and equipment to improve stroke research and care.
- University of South Carolina: $4.5 million for facilities and equipment to create a shared biomedical research core.
- University of South Carolina: $7.75 million for facilities and equipment to enhance clinical diagnosis and care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
- Walterboro – Genesis Health Care: $1 million to improve the delivery of health care.
Other notable funding items related to South Carolina organizations and institutions included in the legislation:
- $1.2 Billion for Plutonium Pit Production at Savannah River Site: Allows for the continued construction on the Savannah River Plutonium Processing Facility (SRPPF) project to achieve a production capability of at least 50 pits per year within South Carolina consistent with the NNSA’s recommended alternative for pit production. This advances our nation’s nuclear capability to counter threats like Russian and China.
- $71.764 Million for Surplus Plutonium Disposition at Savannah River Site: The Surplus Plutonium Disposition (SPD) project will add additional glovebox capacity at the Savannah River Site (SRS) to accelerate plutonium dilution and aid in the removal of plutonium from South Carolina.
- $12.137 Million for Savannah River Site Community and Regulatory Support: The Atomic Energy Act authorizes payments to communities to help offset losses in property taxes due to the presence of non-taxable federal lands within their boundaries. This critical funding is used in a variety of ways in South Carolina, including supporting public schools.
- $10.5 Million for Procurement and Industrial Base Protection. This request supports the production of the M240 machine gun in Columbia. Without additional procurement funding, the M240 line would be at risk and restarting the line in the future creates an unacceptable risk to American warfighters.