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Michelle Nunn scolds Obama Administration for no Savannah port funding in FY2015

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Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia, criticized the Obama Administration today for not including funding for the Port of Savannah in the President's 2015 budget proposal.

The funding for the deepening of the Port of Savannah, a $662 million project, was promised by Vice President Joe Biden last September.

The port needs to be deepened by five feet, to 47 feet, in order to accommodate larger ships coming through the Panama Canal. It would create and sustain an estimated 352,000 jobs. The project started in 1996.

“What are we doing? We’re arguing about whether or not to deepen this port?” said Biden on September 16, 2013. “It’s time we get moving. I’m sick of this. Folks, this isn’t a partisan issue. It’s an economic issue."

Biden added that the project will get done "come hell or high water."

On Tuesday, Biden attended a fundraiser for Nunn in Atlanta.

“During my visit with the Vice President, I talked to him about the importance of the Port of Savannah expansion project and shared my disappointment that the administration was not allowing the project to move forward," said Nunn. "It’s the latest example of how Washington isn’t working. Everyone across the political spectrum agrees this is critical for job creation and our long-term economic growth. But at the last hour, government bureaucracy in Washington and red tape have stalled the project from getting off the ground.

"That’s the kind of inefficiency and obstructionism that we need to get rid of in Washington. The President should immediately allow the Corps of Engineers to move forward with the deepening of the port, and if not, Congress should pass a law to start the project.”

Nunn is running a campaign of a political outsider so this situation really doesn't affect her as much as some Republicans would like to think.

Nunn is running to replace retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss, and is expecting a tough fight in the general election against one of the seven GOP candidates.



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