Rep. Graves Votes For Savannah Harbor Expansion Project
Deal Between House And Senate Passes, Bill Will Soon Go To President
May 20, 2014 -
Today, U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) voted for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act conference report, which included the authorization of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). While the House previously passed a version of the bill, the conference report that passed today is the final agreement between the House and Senate, which will now go to the Senate for a final vote, and then to the president to be signed into law.
“We are now very close to ending the long delay on one of the most important projects in the country,” said Rep. Graves. “For thousands of Georgia families, the Savannah Harbor project simply means jobs. If the Obama Administration keeps its word and allows the state to move forward with the project, supertankers will soon arrive at the harbor full of goods, and Georgia businesses will make sure they leave full.”
The authorization for SHEP will allow the deepening of the harbor from 42 to 47 feet in order to accommodate new supertankers that will soon be coming from the Panama Canal. The project is estimated to create over 11,000 jobs and support over 350,000 existing jobs throughout Georgia. According to the Georgia Ports Authority, nearly 19,000 jobs in the 14th District are tied to Georgia’s ports, including 5,523 in Whitfield County, 3,360 in Floyd County, 1,823 in Paulding County, 1,803 in Gordon County, 1,337 in Catoosa County and 1,210 in Walker County.
“Taken as a whole, this water resources bill is a win for taxpayers. The bill has zero earmarks, puts a stop to wasteful spending, and costs 47 percent less than the last water bill,” said Rep. Graves.
This year’s water resources bill will cost $12.3 billion over ten years, while the 2007 version cost $23 billion.
In November, Rep. Graves wrote an op-ed for the Atlanta Business Chronicle about the taxpayer-friendly reforms in the bill. Click here to read the full article.