Jul 06 2021

Graham Submits Funding Requests For SC Military Facilities, Law Enforcement Projects

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today submitted the following member-directed spending requests for the Military Construction and Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bills.

Graham made the requests to the Senate Appropriations Committee, a committee on which he serves. Last week, Graham announced he was requesting funding for three Energy & Water projects.

The Military Construction funding requests include:

  • $122,600,000 for Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort to construct an aircraft maintenance hangar with applied instructional space, multi-story parking facility, operations support spaces, and a hangar shop annex to support the F-35 training squadron.
  • $30,000,000 for Joint Base Charleston to construct a new Fire and Rescue Station to centralize essential emergency dispatch services into a 911 dispatch center and maximize base and airfield fire protection.
  • $29,000,000 for Joint Base Charleston to construct a flight line support facility which will include administration and warehouse areas to support the current C-17 fleet.
  • $21,000,000 for Fort Jackson to complete Phase 1 of the Reception Barracks project. 
  • $13,700,000 for minor construction projects at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.  These include an F-35 Operational Support Facility, the Instrument Landing System project at Beaufort, and Entry Control Facility improvements at Parris Island.
  • $9,000,000 for McEntire Joint National Guard Base to provide a hazardous cargo pad to the 169th Fighter Wing, which they currently do not have.
  • $5,000,000 for Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort to provide required adequate and efficiently configured facilities to support recycling and proper handling and storage of hazardous waste.

The Commerce, Justice, and Science funding requests include:

  • $709,000 for the City of Columbia to modernize the City of Columbia Police Department body-worn and in-car camera program by shifting to a cloud-based platform.
  • $246,000 for the City of Sumter to replace the Sumter Police Department’s aging in-car cameras and desktop computers and update servers to allow storage for body-worn camera footage.
  • $52,000 for the Town of Pacolet to replace police patrol vehicles.

Graham noted additional funding requests will be publicly announced in the coming days and weeks. This is the first year since 2010 that Members of Congress can request funding for projects, which are also called ‘earmarks.’