Congressman Clyburn Secures More than $65 Million in Funding

Dec 20, 2007

(Washington, DC)  --The U.S. House of Representatives has adjourned for the year and accomplished something the previous Republican Congress could not – completing federal agency budgets.  With the Omnibus Appropriations bill receiving final Congressional approval yesterday, which the President indicates he will sign, all of the fiscal year 2008 appropriations bills are completed, and include more than $65 million secured by Congressman James E. Clyburn for various South Carolina requests.  

“This Omnibus package puts our government back on track by funding priorities that are important to the American people,” Congressman Clyburn said.  “These funding priorities include increasing Pell grants, funding after school and early childhood education programs, investing in alternative energy sources and addressing long neglected infrastructure needs.” 

The Omnibus package includes funding for most federal agencies.  The Defense Appropriations bill became law last month.  The following projects are listed according to the agency that will fund the request:
Agriculture
 

Project
Description
Funding Amount

Clemson University

Peach tree short life

$209,000

Clemson University

Pest control alternatives

$212,000

TOTAL
 
$421,000

Commerce, Justice, Science
 

Project
Description
Funding Amount

DIVA, Inc.

Eliminate domestic violence initiative

$188,000

University of South Carolina

Gangnet – gang tracking software

$282,000

Voorhees College

Program to eliminate violence against women

$470,000

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety

Gang intervention/ Methamphetamine abuse

$282,000

Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Department

Technology enhancement

$470,000

A Better Way of Columbia

Gang prevention project

$470,000

Milton Eisenhower Foundation

Safe Haven -- after-school mentoring program

$470,000

Service Over Self

Eliminate juvenile delinquency in Georgetown County

$235,000

South Sumter Resource Center

Expand programs for at-risk youth

$282,000

TOTAL
 
$3,149,000

Defense
 

Project
Description
Funding Amount

SC Army National Guard

Vibration management enhancement program

$2,400,000

University of South Carolina

Identifying health barriers

$2,400,000

Medical University of South Carolina

Health research and disparities eradication program

$8,000,000

South Carolina Research Authority

Tactical metal fabrication system

$2,400,000

World Golf Foundation

First Tee life skills program on military installations

$3,000,000

Clemson University

Advanced photonic composites research

$3,253,000

Claflin University

Detection and remediation response to biological and chemical weapons project

$2,000,000

South Carolina Concurrent Technology

Green product evaluation and implementation program

$2,400,000

DefenseCS Inc. in Bamberg

Combat Vehicle and Automotive Advanced Technology for the Antiballistic Windshield Armor Project

$2,000,000

TOTAL
 
$27,853,000

Energy and Water
 

Project
Description
Funding Amount

Edisto Island

Environmental study

$218,000

Lake Marion Regional Water Agency

Water treatment plant

$6,714,000

Claflin University

Biofuel production initiative

$500,000

University of South Carolina

Hydrogen fuel cell development

$1,500,000

South Carolina Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Math and Science initiative

$10,500,000

Savannah River Site

National lab in South Carolina for integrated collaborative prototyping environment

$1,000,000

TOTAL
 
$20,432,000

Financial Services
 

Project
Description
Funding Amount

Williamsburg County

Commodity development small business initiative

$282,000

TOTAL
 
$282,000

Homeland Security
 

Project
Description
Funding Amount

SC Adjutant General Office of Emergency Preparedness

Projects in Manning and Santee

$3,000,000

TOTAL
 
$3,000,000

Interior

Project
Description
Funding Amount

Goodwill Historical Society of Sumter

Restoration of school in Mayesville, SC

$100,000

Town of Andrews

Water and wastewater improvements

$500,000

TOTAL
 
$600,000

Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
 

Project
Description
Funding Amount

City of Columbia

Charles R. Drew Wellness Center childhood obesity program

$229,000

Voorhees College

Demonstration program on reversing diabetes in minority communities

$131,000

College Summit, Inc.

An initiative to increase college enrollment of low-income youth in South Carolina

$131,000

Williamsburg County First Steps

School readiness program in Kingstree, SC

$84,000

Communicare, Inc.

Health information systems, facilities, and equipment

$277,000

Palmetto Health Foundation

Facilities and equipment for Children’s Hospital in Columbia, SC

$975,000

Pee Dee Healthy Start

Program to improve maternal and child health in Florence, SC

$85,000

SC HIV/AIDS Council

Outreach programs to reduce incidents of HIV/AIDS

$180,000

TOTAL
 
$2,092,000

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development
 

Project
Description
Funding Amount

Georgetown County

Georgetown Airport runway extension

$1,000,000

SC Department of Transportation

I-95/US 301 Interchange

$4,000,000

INNOVISTA

Greene Street/William Street Connector

$500,000

Brainerd Institute Foundation

School restoration  in Chester, SC

$100,000

Paxville Community Development Corp.

Complete construction of community center

$100,000

City of Charleston

International African American Museum

$800,000

City of Columbia

CMRTA transit facility

$750,000

TOTAL
 
$7,250,000

           

In addition to these specific projects receiving funding, the Interior Appropriations bill includes language that insures all new Heritage Corridors, including the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, will each receive $150,000 in federal funding for FY08.

“I am pleased the Gullah/Geechee Corridor will have funding to begin its preliminary work,” Congressman Clyburn added.  “It is one of many projects that were stymied by the previous Congress’s inability to complete its work on the budget.  Now that this new Congress has broken the log jam many worthwhile projects will receive the funding they need to proceed.”

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