Press Release: Graham Silent as Coast Guard Expansion Project Under Threat

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Harrison: “This is not the first time our senior senator has put political games above military families.”

Columbia, S.C. — As federal funding priorities have shifted due to the coronavirus, the Post and Courier reports that fears are rising that the massive United States Coast Guard (USCG) base expansion project in Charleston might not receive the investment it needs. While paying lip service to South Carolina military installations, Sen. Lindsey Graham has been silent on the project’s financial viability — and he’s failed to fight for its funding since Congress began its most serious responses to the coronavirus. 

“This is just another example of Lindsey Graham being disconnected from the realities facing South Carolinians during this crisis,” Harrison said. “With about one in 12 Palmetto State jobs tied to the military, it is perhaps more important than ever that our representatives in Washington go to bat for projects like these. But, Sen. Graham has been more worried about appearing on television and cutting unemployment relief than fighting for South Carolina’s livelihood. 

“This is not the first time our senior senator has put political games above military families. This is the same Lindsey Graham who played a key role in taking away federal funding for the construction of a new fire station at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. Any steps towards stopping the funding of this Coast Guard project will harm our national security, eliminate jobs, and reduce the Coast Guard’s readiness against strengthening hurricanes. As a senator, I will fight to protect South Carolina’s military projects and take on anyone who will put them at risk.” 

From The Post and Courier’s report“A bill that would provide funding for much needed assets to help them complete their missions on the shore was lost amid Congress’ shuffle for pandemic aid…While congressional efforts have been turned almost entirely to economic relief from the pandemic, Nessen said ignoring funding for military infrastructure in South Carolina could also cause trouble.”

In September, Harrison slammed Sen. Lindsey Graham for his role in the $11 million of federal funding being stripped away from a federal construction project to build a new facility to replace an aging fire station at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. 

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