Posted: 4:37 pm Thursday, March 6th, 2014

A united Georgia delegation “very disappointed” in administration over Port funding 

By Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON – All 16 members of Georgia’s Congressional delegation signed a letter today to the director of the White House budget office saying they were “very disappointed” in the lack of funding for the Savannah Port expansion project and demanding immediate approval for it to begin.

The letter is a display of continued bipartisan unity among the state’s D.C. crowd when the Republican-Democrat alliance on the port is on shaky ground.

Members from both parties and both chambers urged Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, to heed January’s spending bill designating the Savannah port an ongoing construction project. The delegation contends that the spending bill language allows the Army Corps of Engineers to sign off on a final agreement to begin digging with the $266 million the state of Georgia has set aside for the project.

OMB has told key delegation members that it does not want to create a special precedent for Savannah. The administration contends publicly and privately that all such projects must be authorized by Congress via a long-delayed water resources bill before the administration can send any money their way.

68 comments
Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Then tell Congress to pass the bill...the President is not constitutionally authorized to just make stuff up and spend federal dollars.


This is just another example of congress misinforming voters who don't know any better.

juliainatlanta
juliainatlanta

Well, what can GA expect?  the GA elected officials in Washington have behaved like a pack of rabid dogs toward PBO, and then are shocked, simply shocked that their little pet project has no funds in the budget.  i say deal with it you inbred mouth breathing genetic mutants.  and anyone who does not like that...bite me.

Joeleejohnson
Joeleejohnson

Win-Win

Put our prison (Warehouses) population to work on the project. With that many at work the project should be completed in a couple of weeks.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

If the Georgia Republicans ask President Obama real nice, perhaps he will agree to another tax cut for the wealthiest in order to pay for that Savannah harbor expansion.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

No healthcare for the workers.  No money for the Savannah millionaires.  What's so hard to understand?

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

I'm glad to see President Obama giving the Georgia Republicans a little taste of their own medicine.  Good show.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

Georgia Republicans have their panties in a wad.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Bernie bashing Christians???  Michelle Obama is out there stating that ObamaCare Counselor's are doing God's work.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

"Many of your own Neighbors children are in private school too....and they are Republicans."

...and Bernie most of the public high schools in North Fulton are the best in the state - crawl back into your hole.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

"Hartsfield Jackson is very successful because they have kept the conservative Dixiecrats' grimmie paws off of it."

How successful is MARTA???

How successful is APS????

How successful is Clayton County???

How successful is DeKalb County???

The only reason Fulton is not a complete disaster is that the con area of North Fulton is nothing more than a public trough for the crap county

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Thanks Obama for assuring that the moonbat Michelle Nunn will not be winning the senate seat - even though she had very little chance to begin with.

Michelle's platform:

(1)  Vote for me because of my daddy

(2)  Vote for me because I send my kids to private school - libs gotta love that one

(3)  Vote for me becasue  I have the backing of Obama

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

"no, the US Constitution is saying things must be authorized by Congress before monies can be spent on an activity,"

The US Constitution specifically states that no state law (Colorado/Washington weed for recreational purpose) can trump a federal law (federal law prohibits weed for recreational use).  Where is your outcry on that one pal??????

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

Wonder if the entire Congressional delegation will now sign an entreaty to the Governor to expand Medicaid. That too will create thousands of jobs, but directly benefit many more Georgians. That too will return substantive federal dollars to Georgia, but for a lot longer. Yes, that also will cost the State, but not immediately. So what's the problem?

PSWallace
PSWallace

So...Barack Obama is saying things must be authorized by Congress before monies can be spent on an actvity?

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@ td (2 hours ago)  in other words it was nothing but a political move by the Dems to allow people like Aunte to go around and spread the lib lies

Whoever you're paying to read for you, ask for a refund.  The puppies invoked the 60 vote rule, i e the asinine rule that allows a 'filibuster' just by invoking this rule. So the bill was effectively dead because of this obstruction. The puppies then came back with their Iran sanction amendment, which makes as much sense as 50 votes on the ACA , because the Dems will not consider it.

If they gave damn about the vets, they would have allowed an up or down vote on the Vet's bill, then played their stupid games with show votes on sanctions some other time and place.

You called me a liar and showed your ignorance regarding parliamentary procedure--as did your equally ignorant centrist moron buddy---so you can admit your ignorance anytime you're ready. That will serve as sufficient apology.

Corey
Corey

From progressive Corey, silence everyone. After having read the above piece, I think I'll throw up now. Whenever I see the King children on TV I reach for the remote. Someone needs to pull them aside and them that they are making arises of themselves. Please do not involve them in anyway when it comes to the opening and operation of the National Center for Human and Civil Rights which is slated to open latter this year. Their involvement will be a killer for sure. Keep them down on Auburn Ave and away from Centennial Olympic Park, please!



DS
DS

I could use some help finding these provisions within the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014. I found the two-year Section 902 waiver, but I can't find any mention of "Savannah" or "SHEP." Am I missing something?

Anyway, I'm in favor of doing this work, but it should be done the right way: Congress should pass the Water Resources Development Act with updated funding levels required for these projects, and a budget act that funds these levels. The President can then sign both pieces of legislation, and we can get on with it. Is that so hard?

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

I'm disappointed too, but was the Port funding in the Obama budget last year?  Was it in the Ryan budget last year?  Instead of writing Obama, why haven't the legislators write a letter of Ryan and Boehner demanding that the funding be included in the House and Senate appropriations?

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Since 2008, our Lecturer in Chief has been bloviating about Infrastructure, now all of a sudden, it is not so important.  


If you like your shallow port, you can keep your shallow port, at least until I change my mind.   Maybe Deal and Reed should advertise the port and Hartsfield for sale.  Maybe private industry could develop them and run them better anyway.

Laurie1113
Laurie1113

Port of Savannah... This is where Perdue invested a ton of money right before he left office...

dreluv
dreluv

Nathan Deal want money from the government but don't want get money for Medicaid.

Republican said democrat big money spending but they more money from president Obama.

That why Nathan Deal need to be voted out..He play to many political games.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Me Me Me Me Me. Screw everyone else. Sincerely, Georgia Republicans.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

This week evey repup in the Senate voted down a bill to improve veteran's benefit. Eighteen months ago they filibustered and killed a veterans' job bill. These cretins claim 'we can't afford it," and insist it would only get their votes if there were offsets to pay for it. Of course, they never mentioned anything about offsets before sending them off to fight for haliburton, excuse me I mean, exxon, excuse me again, I mean to 'spread democracy.'  isakson and chambliss stood with their senate party leaders on both issues, but now they have the chutzpah to complain when no money for their pet project is forthcoming. I hope the 1000's of vets in this state remember which party loves to tell them to go to war, then tells them to go to hell, when they return.

honested
honested

@Numbers_R_Us  

One hopes it might enlighten them to the fact that NO means nothing happens.

honested
honested

@Numbers_R_Us  

One hopes it might enlighten them to the fact that NO means nothing happens.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

"Off topic I know, but the ever so brilliant MiltonDude beat me to it..."

Posted by a lib moron living in the center of con-land. Hey you libs had your chance to nominate someone other than the proven loser Roy Barnes to run against Deal.  Be pissed that your crappy party has no one worth a crap in this state.  Jason "I got my granddaddy's name" Carter and Michelle "I got my daddy's name" Nunn????  Please.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@CherokeeCounty- Luckvich's drawing is An accurate Reflection of Georgia GOP GOD Fearing Christian Family Values. Governor Nathan Deal would most likely Deny Jesus himself Medical Care for being uninsured with support of the Wider Republican and Tea Kook Parties after His Crucifixion sayng..."Let him Die..Look at him, he is a mess..He is probably going to Die soon anyway...so no need to waste money on this one."


Just Pray for Him, that ALWAYS works for US.....

uh...huh

honested
honested

@MiltonMan  

The only obstacle to MARTA is permanent access to THEIR OWN MONEY.

Of course, the constant insane drumbeat to 'privatize' (see how fast the Cities who went down that bad idea road changed course).

But go ahead, two MARTOC chairs in a row with not interest but to starve MARTA. What else would you expect?

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MiltonMan - You are not to smart or informed are you? The Friends and Family Program of ATlanta City Hall Government is Alive and well at Hartsfield Jackson Airport. Just go and ask Formenr Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. Its only of late that the State of Georgia Friends and Family program is just getting into high gear there. 

Trust me when I say North Fulton is barely hanging on by the skin of its Teeth. There is no large amount of growth going on there and no Major Business investment. Praising past accolades only goes so far. North Fulton is nothing more than a heavily Traffic congested area with Over priced Homes surrounded by sprawling shopping centers of Nothing stores. A strange cross between Surburbia and rural Georgia. Kinda scary seeing the Wealthy Elite mixing with the GOOBERS...

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@MiltonMan  Actually no, not that truth matters to you, but her platform is based on individual empowerment, entrepreneurship, and our responsibility to our children.  Things that Republicans used to believe in, before they went collectively insane when one of Those People moved into the White House.

www.michellenunn.com

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MiltonMan - Many of your own Neighbors children are in private school too....and they are Republicans.

uh..huh.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@PSWallace no, the US Constitution is saying things must be authorized by Congress before monies can be spent on an activity,

mar1049
mar1049

Get over it. They own the rights to their fathers name, image etc. If you don't like don't patronize.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@RafeHollister  75% of all "private" businesses fail, period, and another 20% do not make a profit for the first five years.  Half of the original 12-Dow Jones companies failed, 5 are a shell of their former selfs, and only one remains a part of the index.  Hartsfield Jackson is very successful because they have kept the conservative Dixiecrats' grimmie paws off of it.


Again, who could keep a straight face that they would trust Nathan Deal with $400 million dollars, without a complete study and ironclad safeguards?

JAWJA
JAWJA

@Laurie1113  That's what galls me, Sonny's fingers in the pie. Unlike most governors, he refused to put his business in a blind trust. He used the governor's office to enrich himself with all the trips to China and elsewhere. I do not trust Sonny or Nathan. Nathan ain't doing so badly now, either. From broke to in bed with Copart,, a company that owes $74 M to Georgia Revenue in back taxes. They bought his junkyard, and pay him $10,000 a month to keep it on his land. Cool Deal.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@Laurie1113 - Source?


And this is why Democrats VP Biden, Michelle Nunn, Mayor Reed, and all Georgia's Democratic Congressmen support deepening the port?

td1234
td1234

@AuntieChrist  And what Bill number would that be? Also there is only 45 Republican Senators so how did they vote down the bill without some Democratic help? What was in the bill that a bi-partisan majority of the Senate did not like? 

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Bernie, please show me where I stated that the ATL airport was not successful,  Funny that you actually ignored the questions & then display your ignorance by calling out my intelligence.  I would be more than happy to compare degrees earned, earnings, success of kids, etc., etc. with you there ignaramous

North Fulton is hanging on by the skin of its teeth????  Please expand moron.  New subdivisions being built, new businesses being built, new schools, etc., etc. but your little feeble APS-educated mind would not comprehend that now would it pal???

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@CuriousPrime @RafeHollister  Hartsfield Jackson is very successful because


they are a monopoly.  Ask Ga Power, monopolies usually do real well.  The folks who have leases there (friends of the Mayors) do real well too.  Win/Win for everyone but the customers.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@The_Centrist @Laurie1113Its like this ..Joe wants to be President, Michelle wants to be Senator, Kasim wants to be Governor of Georgia. Anything to show they are doing something for the people. The people want Expanded Medicaid for The Children, Seniors, Disabled, Mentally Handicapped and Veterans. 

FIRST............


So says The People and President Obama....

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

@MiltonMan APS-educated mind? Why that would be me: R.L. Hope Elementary and North Fulton High School; and proud of it. And, you know what, MiltonMan? I suspect some Phillips Exeter fellows who I've had to step-over along life's road may have a much higher regard for the APS-educated mind than do you.So, I'll console myself with that.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MiltonMan - Your Anger reflects a Lack of confidence in your words.

There must be some truth in mine...Your Anger says so.

Uh...huh

td1234
td1234

@LookbeforeIleap, And that should be a given seeing that Iran is spitting in Obama's eye wight now. 


Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234

Translation: Blah, blah, blah move the goalposts blah, blah blah.

td1234
td1234

@LookbeforeIleap, Well since I actually went back and read the WP story I have a better understanding now. The Democratic Senate bill broke the budget agreement that Obama and the Republicans had agreed too so the Republicans said no. Then when the Republicans reintroduced the bill at Obama's agreed level of spending then Harry Reid would not allow it to come to the floor for a vote.


In other words it was nothing but a political move by the Dems to allow people like Aunte to go around and spread the lib lies.   

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