House-passed budget bills seeks to end delays starting $706M deepening of Savannah harbor

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SAVANNAH, Georgia — A budget bill passed by the U.S. House contains a provision that seeks to end further delays to the $706 million deepening of the Port of Savannah's busy shipping channel.

The bill adopted Thursday night contains just $1.5 million in funding for the harbor project. But Rep. Jack Kingston, a Savannah Republican, added a clause aimed at pressuring the Army Corps of Engineers by Oct. 1 to finalize an agreement to start construction using mostly state money. Otherwise, the Corps would have to make weekly progress reports to Congress on the project.

Georgia has already approved $266 million for the harbor expansion.

The House bill may not become law. The White House has threatened to veto the overall budget measure, and election-year maneuvers have stalled budget votes in the Senate.

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