March 5, 2014

Senators: Obama budget snubs Savannah harbor

By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

SAVANNAH — Georgia’s two U.S. senators say they’re baffled President Barack Obama’s budget contains no funding to start deepening the busy waterway used by cargo ships to reach the busy Port of Savannah.

Georgia officials are pushing to start construction on the $652 million project this year, and the state’s congressional delegation thought the final bureaucratic hurdles holding up the project were cleared by legislation passed in January.

Republican Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss said in a statement Tuesday the president’s fiscal 2015 budget proposal failed to include construction money for the project. It wasn’t immediately clear if the request included smaller amounts for continued study as past budgets have.

Vice President Joe Biden visited the Savannah port last year and promised it would be deepened “come hell or high water.”