Apr 14 2023

Graham Seeks $57 Million In Funding For South Carolina Ports

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today released his funding requests for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Energy and Water Appropriations bill the Senate will consider later this year.  Graham posted the funding requests on his official website. (LINK: https://bit.ly/3L132Sm

Graham requested a combined $57 million in federal funding for harbor deepening projects in South Carolina. 


Graham requested $50.6 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in order to reimburse the State of South Carolina.  The state, in order to quickly push the project forward and not be delayed by the wait time for federal funding, agreed to “pre-fund” the Charleston Harbor Deepening project and then seek reimbursement for the federal government’s share of the costs.  The project, which took four years and was completed last year, has made Charleston the deepest harbor on the East Coast of the United States.  


Graham has requested $6.5 million for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to deepen Georgetown Harbor. The project is important to help maintain and develop additional business opportunities in the region.

Additional Funding Projects Requested by Graham in the FY24 Energy & Water Appropriations Bill: 

Dorchester County:                             $35.5 million for water infrastructure expansion.

Dorchester County:                             $100,000 for Flood Mitigation.

City of Charleston:                             $5 million for water infrastructure rehabilitation.

City of Charleston:                             $900,000 for a feasibility study for flood risk management.

City of Myrtle Beach:                         $3.125 million for storm water management.

City of North Myrtle Beach:              $3 million for storm water management.

University of South Carolina:             $2.16 million for research for advanced battery storage technology.

Clemson University:                           $2 million for the research and development of an integrated electric grid.

Clemson University:                           $2.9 million for advanced materials for hydrogen technology.

“I believe it is important that elected officials have a say in how taxpayer money is spent on infrastructure and not rely on bureaucrats in Washington to protect South Carolina’s interests,” said Graham“The funding requests are public record.  Every person will be able to judge for themselves if these are worthwhile requests.  I believe these projects are valuable, deserve funding, and will pay dividends for our state for years to come.”