Posted: 7:11 pm Friday, March 7th, 2014

OMB tells Georgia delegation it will not budge on Savannah Port 

By Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON – The White House Office of Management and Budget issued a reply this evening to Georgia’s Congressional delegation, maintaining its refusal to give the go-ahead to the Port of Savannah dredging until Congress passes a water resources bill.

In a letter obtained by the AJC, OMB director Sylvia Mathews Burwell told the delegation — in response to its united memo of disappointment Thursday — that the Obama administration will not make “special exceptions” for any project.

The delegation had insisted that its move in a January spending bill to change the Savannah expansion to an “ongoing construction project” would be enough to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to give the final sign-off for the dredging. But Burwell officially shot down that notion, saying the long-delayed Water Resources and Development Act is the only way forward.

She did offer more praise for the project. Not as colorful as “hell or high water” but Burwell wrote:

“The Administration appreciates the importance of this project to both Georgia and the region and remains strongly committed to SHEP as reflected in its continued investments in pre-construction activities in both the 2014 Corps work plan and the FY2015 Budget. In total, the Administration has invested nearly $19 million in SHEP” since 2009.

You can read the full letter below:

155 comments
Charles50
Charles50

Wow, how many people are just ignoring the letter.  Congress has to give the ok.  Basically the letter is stating that projects like Savannah have approval from Congress before anything happens and the reason for this is to make sure no project gets special treatment.  In other words an attempt to be fiscally responsible.  How can Repubs hate on that?

Bernie31
Bernie31

Ann Coulter: I've Never Seen Evidence GOP Hates Black People, Until I Read Rubio's 'Amnesty' Bill.

uh...huh

Bernie31
Bernie31

We had Republican Rand Paul this weekend railing on the NSA actions of Spying. When it was The Republican Congressional Leadership under George W. Bush, who Drafted,Wrote, Voted and had George Bush sign the Law after a ALL day Drunk on a Sunday after watching College Football while America Slept and never even read what was before him and signed it into Law. It is called The Patriot ACT, A Law passed in complete Silence in the Dark, Six weeks after 911.

uh...huh

Courtney2
Courtney2

You would have to have a lobotomy to vote Democrat these days.  Obama is a clueless moron. 

Enoch19
Enoch19

Kamchack I would refer you to the words of the president and the admissions of the IRS. The only thing at issue in the IRS scandal  is the scope of the use of the IRS for political purposes, not the fact of IRS targeting the Tea Party.  Only the illiterate and ignorant would ague that Tea Party groups were not targeted by the IRS. 


You can stick the endless silly demand for "showing your work" .

rjallen
rjallen

Now can we start blaming Obama for things? can we, is it allowed or do we just keep blaming Bush?

Decaturite
Decaturite

I'm surprised that no one is focusing on OMB which outlasts all presidencies and seems to have an untoward amount of power without much oversight of its own activities.  It stifles much good research and program monitoring by federal employees using its powers under the Paperwork Reduction Act, which has little to do with paperwork reduction and much to do with inhibiting timely, effective research that benefits the public.  The OMB PRA approval process routinely delays research by 6-12 months which can be fatal to research that only has a year or two of funding.  There needs to be a total review of the effectiveness of the OMB PRA and an adjustment of its priorities so that it facilitates public service, rather than delaying or preventing it.  

FBYJ
FBYJ

I don't care whether you're Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative ... it's a shame that you can't have a reasoned discussion of issues on these blogs without a majority of respondents resorting to name-calling, insults, and party-line propaganda.  Hurling insults at each other, or at our elected officials, not only won't solve our problems, it will make them that much more difficult to solve.  When did our society reach the point that two people can't have a decent, civil discussion about opposing views?  Far too many Americans seem to take the attitude that, if you don't agree with them, then you're either stupid, dishonest, uncompassionate, or hopelessly naive.  If we don't learn to work together again soon, I'm concerned that this nation will eventually tear itself apart.

SeenItBefore
SeenItBefore

Since you made it more difficult for your citizens to get proper healthcare, your statement about the port improvements helping all citizens must be a lie.  We know you only care about the rich Republicans and what profits they can make via port improvements.

knudegard1
knudegard1

Shouldn't we be reducing the Federal budget, Mr. and Ms. Republican?

knudegard1
knudegard1

Why is it a suprise that after sticking a stick in the eye of the Feds they would say no to Savannah?

NorthAtlanta
NorthAtlanta

It's truly frightening to read so many comments essentially saying that it's okay to renege on funding the port deepening because Obama has (a) been disrespected or (b) Deal has refused the ACA Medicaid expansion.  These are the same folks that say it's okay for the IRS to target Tea Party groups because they personally don't like them.  This is politics at its very ugliest, and some of the posters here are okay with it.  Very sad.

BrookhavenGuy
BrookhavenGuy

I guess this response from OMB is like Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson telling Obama he can get his nomination of Jill Pryor to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals approved if he agrees to nominate their candidate Michael Boggs to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia 


What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

Informer
Informer

So again, Obama is a liar. He said he would fund it. No if's and's but's.. Typical libs. They all lie from the Kennedy's to the Clinton's, and Al Gore.

SouthGeorgiareader
SouthGeorgiareader

It's interesting that the GA GOP delegation has no clout on this one.  I suggest they get busy and pass the water resources bill.  It's pretty plain what can happen if they cooperate and move this bill along.

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

Seems like the wrong letter to be concerned about in the same week that another came from the Feds telling Deal and posse, You've got two months to get your incompetence under control or we're taking $75 million away from Georgia.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Courtney2 - Its Obvious to ALL you have already gotten yours, when one looks at reality and compares your comment.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Enoch19 - Kam is Right...your problem is you cannot show your Work. The Goober Party has not done any work to show anyone. Not even to their supporters other than OBAMA is Bad and Awful....The same would be said of this Party, if Jesus himself were to be amongst Us today teaching the word of GOD.

The Republican Party of Today would never Crucify him as the Romans did. Today's Republicans would just ship him HOODED and Handcuffed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for intensive interrogation...Water Board Lite!

Uh...huh

Bernie31
Bernie31

@rjallen - If You would Pull your Head out of where it is Dark and Stinky the ineffectual and disastrous policies of George Bush is still reaking Havoc on the American People and the economy. it has been You the supporters who have been willing to give George a Pass on everything including 3,000 Dead Americans on American Soil on a Sunny Monday morning when Americans were just starting their Work Day. The same goes for the Loss of Jobs, Housing and Banking Crisis. Many of You would Vote for Him again if given the chance.

The American People have yet come Face to Face and had a Heart felt discussion of what has really Happened under the George W. Bush Failed Presidency. If we were to listen to all of you. One would think President Obama is worse. However its untrue and Far from it!

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Neither. This is a blame Congress issue.

HoppedUpOnClarity
HoppedUpOnClarity

It all started with a sentiment communicated by George W. Bush - "You are either for/with us or AGAINST us!" 

I challenge rational people to check their recollections of the climate in this country post-Vietnam. It was at THAT point (statement) that this hyper-confrontational spirit consumed the average everyday citizen. It is from THAT point that one's patriotism was questioned if they did not blindly walk in lockstep with the ideology of the administration of the time. I had never seen that in my life. It poisoned the atmosphere, and it only got worse once the administration changed and the apparent hypocrisy showed itself. It seemed those who were quick to question others' patriotism couldn't seem to do enough to undermine the very same efforts they gleefully endorsed under the previous administration(s). That's enough to pyss anyone off.

And there you have it.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

And where is all the private money? I thought private markets created all of the economic stimulus and jobs?

F'in hypocrites.

BrookhavenGuy
BrookhavenGuy

@NorthAtlantaYep - anyone who does not regard the lack of funding for the Port of Savannah to be the worst betrayal since the Last Supper excuses IRS targeting of Tea Party groups

And I thought the President's budget was irrelevant?


"Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) called it "dead on arrival," while Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) dismissed it as a "lame-duck budget." Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.), a freshman member of the House Budget Committee, preferred to call it a "campaign document." He said he looked forward to reading Ryan's budget plan next week."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/03/04/why-the-obama-budget-is-already-dead/

 

So the budget is "dead on arrival" unless it has goodies the GOP likes?

Let's see if the Port of Savannah funding makes it in to Paul Ryan's budget.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@NorthAtlanta Wah ! wah ! Wah ! WAH!....Now go and change your Huggies! What ever any Republican say about this President and openly Disrespects him as a Man and as an American. You have No problem with that at alll.....NAHHH! none what so ever. Yep!

Well when you do not get what you want from the One who is being Disrespected ...You should not be TOO Surprised!  Yet....You ARE!

KARMA!

RationalThoughts67
RationalThoughts67

@NorthAtlanta Once again:  congress determines how funds are spent.  Not the president.  What do you not understand about this?
 

So these conservatives are all up in arms about the president "exceeding his authority".  But if it is your pet project, exceed away?


And I question why the federal government is considering this anyway.  This should be funded by the state - you know "state-rights" and all of that?

Kamchak
Kamchak

These are the same folks that say it's okay for the IRS to target Tea Party groups because they personally don't like them.


And you have evidence of this assertion, yes

Please show your work.

Thanks in advance

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Informer - I guess good ole Not Lying George Bush was protecting America on 911 and When he signed that Law to  ALLow  Law enforcement to ignore and disregard The 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. (6) Six Weeks after 911, on a LATE SUNDAY NIGHT whhile America slept. After a ALL DAY DRUNK while watching College Football and then Sign the Law without ever reading one Line of it....I suppose all of that is a Figment of My imagination.

Let Us ALL Not forget that HUGE LIE, that NOW has 5,000 DEAD AAMERICAN Soldiers not Moving anymore all over America. Am not going to mention those without Arms,legs, hands, and those who are without all of them....

uh...huh

RationalThoughts67
RationalThoughts67

Obama doesn't fund projects.   Congress funds projects.   Do you remember that from high school civics classes?  I am making an assumption here that you went to high school.

Charles50
Charles50

@SouthGeorgiareader  I was thinking the exact same thing.  If this is a Congressional issue how come the GA delegation can't get it done?  This isn't about the President.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@BuckheadBoy  I'd like to see that letter you refer to, if it exists, that would be comical.  The most incompetent administration ever, telling someone else to cut out the incompetence.  They could put a copy of that in the National Comedy Hall of Fame, if there is one, or use that letter to start one.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@HoppedUpOnClarity - Cowboy Diplomacy is good for sound Bytes, but POOR Political and War Policy. We have all learned that one from George W.Bush. But this is how the Republican Party Rolls...ALL Hat and No Cattle!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Baumer_1 - If anything that comment should be directed to your TRIBE. To quote the song of Janet Jackson " What has the Republican Party Done for the American People, Lately?

uh...huh

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

And what about the 200+ liberal groups that were targeted?

NorthAtlanta
NorthAtlanta

@Kamchak   You really are a broken record.  You can either believe it or not.  I really don't care.  And I also don't care if you hit your "surrender noted' cut and paste.  Knock yourself out.

@Bernie31 @Informer

You sound just like a turncoat-draft dodger. You need to put on your American looks and travel around in Iraq. Pakistan, Afganastan for about 6 months and see if you aren't proud of Presidents protecting our Country. War is terrible but we have to pay the price. You will never make it out alive even today

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

This is what happens when education funding is cut.

knudegard1
knudegard1

That would require they took couses in that.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@RafeHollister @BuckheadBoy correction:

Rafe, Unknown to Your Small Little Pea Brain of Infantile Nothingness, Federal Funds for Georgia's Hospitals are on The CHOPPING BLOCK because Governor Deal Dough's refusal to Expand Medicaid in Georgia...A Little Gift from The President to Republican Governors, Who think they Have Out smarted Him and his effort to bring Affordable healthcare to ALL AMERICANS.


The President Did not graduate from Harvard because of SKin COLOR...He has a Brain too..Unlike Governor Deal...by the way what college did DEAL Graduate From? No one knows that information without an internet search. That goes to show You how insignificant Your Governor is.

knudegard1
knudegard1

Yeah because you have no proof. Bias is not proof

Kamchak
Kamchak

You can either believe it or not. 

You can either back up what you assert with facts, or you can't.

It's not complicated.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Bernie31@Informer- besides we have been in Afghanistan for 13years Now Fighting. The funniest part is this is a country without a standing ARMY,NAVY,AIR FORCE or any thing else. But You GOOBERS still have not closed the Deal there...what Gives with that?


You may have Smart Bombs but a DUMB War Strategy.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@SeenItBefore @Bernie31@Informer- Also I Hurt my Leg Saxby Chambliss who compared a Real American Hero to OSAMA a these GOOBERS Bought it Hook, Line & Sinker.

Now Hollywood Country Club Republican can spend the rest of his days for free on the Club Links thanks to the Republican Goobers of Georgia.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Bernie31@Informer- George Bush Screwed the GOOSE in Afghanistan when he ventured into the LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE in IRAQ.

When one LQQKS at the actions of Putin today in UKRAINE informed people cannot help but think of America's ill advised foray into Iraq under the GUISE of WMD's.

uh...huh

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Bernie31

So are you going to get your own avatar ... or just continue to STEAL the avatar of Boxtradamus?