02.11.20

Perdue, Loeffler, Carter: Blockbuster Week For Savannah Harbor

Announce Additional $34.6 Million for Infrastructure Improvements at Port of Savannah

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following news that President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget requests full funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP), U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), and U.S. Representative Buddy Carter (R-GA-01), today announced an additional $34.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) for critical infrastructure improvements at the Port of Savannah. These improvements will complement continued progress on SHEP by increasing efficiency within the port’s navigation channel.

“What incredible news for the Savannah Port and the entire state of Georgia. The Trump Administration continues to deliver on its promise to make Georgia and America’s infrastructure needs a priority,” said Senator Perdue. “The Port of Savannah is the third largest, fastest growing, and most efficient container port in North America. President Trump gets full credit for breaking through the logjam to secure the approvals and funding required to complete SHEP in the next two years. These additional infrastructure improvements will be key to further increasing our exports and continuing to grow the economy. This is another huge win for our state, and I want to thank President Trump and Secretary Chao for their constant efforts to support Georgia workers and businesses.”

“This week the Trump administration sent a very clear message to Georgia: your success is America’s success,” said Senator Loeffler. “Building off the president’s budget request of $93.6 million in federal funding for SHEP, the administration announced a $34.6 million grant to realign the container berths at the Port of Savannah. This project, which is a critical component of SHEP, dramatically expands the port’s capacity. This expansion will further establish Georgia’s role as a gateway for global commerce, allowing more of our hometown goods and services to tap into the international market, while also strengthening our state’s thriving economy. I’m grateful to President Trump and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao for making Georgia’s number one infrastructure project a national priority.”

 "Yesterday, it was confirmed that President Trump has requested full operational funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project," said Congressman Carter. "Today, I'm proud to announce a critical grant for the Port of Savannah to straighten and realign one of the oldest parts of the Port. This announcement goes hand-in-hand with recent news, including the recent land acquisition, to increase port capacity and efficiency. I am very glad I was able to work with Secretary Chao and the Trump administration to secure this federal funding that will work to modernize the port, allow larger ships and increase the amount of cargo they will be able to move."

“Our ports are an integral component of our Nation’s economic success,” said Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. “As the Administration continues to invest in America’s infrastructure, this program will further modernize and improve the efficiency of our waterways.”

Additional Background On Work To Complete SHEP:

  • In December 2017, the entire Georgia Congressional delegation called on the administration to include critical funding for SHEP in the president’s fiscal year 2019 budget request.
  • In June 2018, Perdue, Carter, and former U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) secured full federal funding for SHEP for the first time at the federal level.
  • In 2018, the Savannah Morning News editorial board praised Perdue, Isakson, and Carter for their roles in achieving full federal funding for the first time.
  • In November 2018, Perdue and Isakson sent a letter to Trump Administration officials requesting that full funding for SHEP be included in the president’s FY20 budget.
  • In November 2018, Perdue, Isakson, and Carter secured additional federal funding to keep SHEP on track in 2019.
  • In March 2019, Perdue, Isakson, and Carter secured full capability funding to keep SHEP on track in 2020.
  • On  February 10, 2020, Perdue, Loeffler, and Carter announced President Trump’s FY21 budget request to fully fund SHEP.

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