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Carter helps secure $14.6 million for Georgia Ports

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced today that it is authorizing $14.6 million to the Georgia Ports Authority to expand operations at the Brunswick Port.

Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) voted for this funding, which was authorized under the FY 2021 Appropriations Act signed into law under President Trump.

“This is exactly the type of strategic, targeted investment that will alleviate the supply chain crunch at our Ports and help Georgia maintain its status as a world-class shipping leader,” said Carter.

Specifically, the funding will go towards constructing “a fourth roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessel berth at the Port of Brunswick's Colonel's Island Terminal in order to add needed capacity at the nation's second busiest Ro-Ro cargo port and more efficiently accommodate the larger 7,000-plus-unit vehicle carrier vessels that are becoming the industry standard for Ro-Ro ships calling at U.S. ports,” according to the DOT’s grant announcement.

Rep. Carter wrote a letter to Secretary Buttigieg back in June urging him to approve this grant, citing the “the growing volume of U.S. automotive exports at the Port,” and the project’s potential to create “immediate and long-term family wage jobs.”

“Taxpayer dollars should benefit the taxpayers. This grant will create generations of good-paying, in-demand jobs that will further attract businesses, people, and workers to Georgia’s First District,” said Carter. “I thank former President Trump for advocating for this legislation and the Georgia Ports Authority for their innovation and leadership, which made today’s grant announcement possible.”