The Senate voted 91-7 today to pass the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which the House passed on Tuesday. The bill now goes to the President for his signature. Once signed, the bill opens the way for the Savannah Harbor deepening to begin using state funds. Lawmakers hope federal funding will be available for fiscal year 2016.
Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson released the following statement:
“With the passage of WRRDA, Congress has confirmed what we in Georgia already knew – the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is crucial for our region and the nation as a whole. This economic engine will support hundreds of thousands of jobs each year while generating billions in revenue for the entire Southeast. It is because of this fact the project has had overwhelming, bipartisan support from local, state and federal officials. For a decade and a half, we have completed every task set before us to get this project done. We have now cleared the last congressional hurdle, paving the way for the administration to give a green light to the state of Georgia to begin construction on what will be the largest port on the east coast for the Post-Panamax ships.”
In addition, Chambliss took to the Senate floor to talks about the bill, and how it relates to the port deepening: