Nov 20 2004

Senate Passes Spending Bill Containing Upstate and Piedmont 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 upstate and piedmont regions of South Carolina include: Aiken County:
  • $1 million for Palmetto Parkway Phase 2.
  • $1 million for the North Augusta Riverfront Road Extension.
Anderson County:
  • $1 million for the East Reed Road conversion project.
  • $300,000 for Cox Road Bridge.
  • $250,000 for the Murray/Franklin Street Housing Project.
  • $248,000 for the McClellan Road Bridge.
  • $184,000 for Fire Station Road Bridge.
Clemson University
  • $1.2 million for Clemson to study the effect of changing land use on the environment.
  • $267,000 to study the peach tree short life in southeastern peach orchards.
  • $271,000 for research and development of innovative pest control techniques.
  • $250,000 for Call Me Mister
  • $250,000 for the Wild Turkey Federation Winchester Conservation Museum.
Greenville County:
  • $1.75 million for Greenville County bridges.
  • $200,000 to Greenville Technical College for the forensics lab.
  • $100,000 for the communications system for the county.
  • $250,000 to the City of Greenwood for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.
Pickens County:
  • $250,000 for the North B Street intersection.
  • $200,000 for Old Central Bridge.
Spartanburg County:
  • $3 million for the I-85 and Brockman-McClimon interchange and connections.
  • $1.075 million to the City of Spartanburg for rail crossing mitigation.
  • $300,000 to the City of Wellford for sewer and wastewater infrastructure improvements.
  • $200,000 to the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind for dorm renovations.
York County:
  • $650,000 to York Technical College for the National Precision Metalworking Center of Excellence.
  • $291,000 to Clinton Junior College for the construction of a new library/classroom facility.
Other Projects of Note:
  • $3 million for the Catawba-Wateree Forest.
  • $3.8 million to the Army Corp of Engineers for general construction at Lake Hartwell.
  • $900,000 for the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor Discovery Sites.