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.