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Sen. Graham Discusses Issues in LC

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Lowcountry homeowners may soon get a break from high flood insurance premiums. That's what US senator Lindsey Graham people in Beaufort Friday. Graham discusses a bill that passed the Senate last night.

Senator Graham says that last night, the Senate passed the 'Flood Insurance Reform Bill' essentially throwing out the FEMA flood maps.

He says that under the current maps most of the county would be considered a flood zone. Which would be devastating to our county and that reform is needed desperately.

"Its going to stop what would have been a doubling or tripling of insurance premiums for homeowners in Beaufort county, this was a must-do, changing the FEMA map was a must-do and I think we are very close. I cannot think of a more damaging event to Beaufort county than for the FEMA map to go into effect as it was drawn up."

Senator Graham says the bill must still pass the House before it goes into effect.

Everyone has an opinion on the Affordable Care Act, and so does Senator Graham, he says it could devastate our economy

Graham says he supports healthcare reform but not this current plan, which he says is not about helping the uninsured but about tighter government control. He says this control will hinder job growth.

"If you have 50 employees or more, the mandate under Obamacare applies to your business. You re not going to hire three more employees because you'll be impacted by the mandate, it deters hiring."

He hopes both sides of the aisle can come together and create a different type of healthcare reform.

The next topic that Graham mentioned was Sequestration, and while we may not have to fear sequestration for another two years  he says its something that still needs to be fixed.

Graham said the $28 million the government came up with to push back sequestration, was merely kicking the can down the road.

He says we need to make this our top priority and look at different ways of trimming the budget, permanently, such as entitlement reform.

Because sequestration would end up gutting our military, and hurting us here in the low country at our installations.

"If sequestration is fully implemented, we'll spend less on national security than anytime in modern history, it means that the F-35, there wont be enough of them to come to Beaufort, it means you wont have enough marines for two training facilities, it would be devastating to South Carolina and the DOD."

Graham says it's imperative for our economy that the f-35 planes end up coming to Beaufort.

It's also the reason he says he will keep fighting to end sequestration all together.

Graham also says that while we've bought ourselves some time, this has to be fixed quickly to ensure not only Beaufort's economic sustainability but also our national security.

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