Charleston Harbor deepening project gains additional support

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Update December 27:

The Post and Courier reports that the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee recently gave its support to the slowly developing project aimed at deepening the Charleston Harbor from 45 feet to 50 feet.

The committee has designated $379,000 toward the necessary study needed to move ahead with the second phase of harbor deepening.

Update, November 20: The House Democrats have been restructuring their setup for the new Congress and Clyburn is vowing to step in.

He says he'll work to secure funds for the deepening of the ports in Charleston and Georgetown where Senator Lindsay Graham has proved unable and his counterpart Jim DeMint still refuses to act.

Take a read about the latest developments at The State or The Post and Courier.

First reporting, October 29: Months have gone by while Charleston and South Carolina wait on our two senators to get behind a $400,000 study needed to deepen the Charleston Harbor for the next generation of mega cargo ships.

And nothing's happened. Senator Jim DeMint has ignored calls from counterpart Lindsey Graham and many others.

Now folks are hoping our lead man in the House, Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, will step in and help, but that's no lock either. The Post and Courier has a good report on what's up; read it here.

One thing's for sure, we're already way behind other ports on this game.

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