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House Approves Funding for Ports of Brunswick and Savannah, Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

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Washington, September 13, 2018 | comments
The U.S. House of Representatives, with the help of Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.), approved critical funding for the Ports of Brunswick and Savannah and the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project today. 

The legislation includes $49 million for construction of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). Additionally, the measure expands a navigation funding account by more than 50% from last year to $509 million. This funding can be directed to SHEP in the future. 

“This funding is critical to ensure construction continues on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project," said Carter. "The expansion of the navigation funding pot by more than 50% from last year to $509 million is incredible news for the project. Now, we will continue working with President Trump, OMB Director Mulvaney, and the Corps of Engineers to secure the additional funding needed from this large pot of funding. With this substantial increase, we are in an even better position than this point last year and we were able to secure the much-needed funding to keep the project on track this year. I will continue fighting for additional federal support and working to ensure President Trump, the administration and the Corps again realize the critical importance of this project.”

The legislation also includes funding for operations and maintenance at the Ports of Brunswick and Savannah.  

"This legislation also provides critical funding for maintenance and operations at our ports," said Carter. "The Ports of Brunswick and Savannah are critical economic drivers for our area, state and nation and they need adequate federal support."

Specifically, the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 5895 - Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act includes:
  • $49 million for construction on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project;
  • $10.5 million for Savannah Harbor disposal areas; 
  • $34.3 million for operations and maintenance of the Savannah Harbor;
  • $5.2 million for operations and maintenance of the Brunswick Harbor;
  • $509 million for additional navigation funding; and 
  • $3 million for Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Operations and Maintenance.
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