Jun 18 2014
Kevin Bishop (864) 250-1417 or Lorcan Connick (202) 224-5972WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), a member of the Senate Appropriations Energy & Water subcommittee, applauded the passage of its FY 2015 appropriations bill which contains funding for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Feasibility Study and design and construction of the Charleston Port.
"This is a very good day for the Port of Charleston," said Graham, a member of the subcommittee. "I'm pleased my Republican and Democrat Senate colleagues understood the value of the Port of Charleston and fully funded the port even though the Corps of Engineers, as a whole, received a budget reduction. We also added language to the bill that will streamline moving from the study phase to the engineering and design phase of this project. I think this speaks volumes about the value of the Charleston Port to the state, region, and country as a whole."
Graham noted the legislation contains $695,000 for continuing the Army Corps of Engineers feasibility study of deepening Charleston Harbor, $1.572 million for future harbor deepening construction, and $13.149 million for continued harbor operations and maintenance.
Graham was an early and ardent advocate for deepening Charleston Harbor and has fought repeatedly to secure federal authorization and funding for the project. The legislation passed through subcommittee yesterday and is expected to pass the full committee this week.