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Port flap splits S.C. delegation

Feb 16, 2011 1:07:00 AM - thestate.com
View the S.C. delegation letter to President Obama below

WASHINGTON - The three most powerful members of South Carolina’s congressional delegation clashed Tuesday over President Barack Obama’s refusal to seek money for the first phase of deepening the Charleston port to handle a new generation of giant cargo ships.

Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham criticized Obama for failing to include $400,000 for the port in the budget that he sent Congress on Monday. That money would pay for an Army Corps of Engineers study that is necessary before the port can be deepened.

However, the state’s only Democratic congressman said two other Republicans — U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson — effectively killed an effort to secure the money last year by refusing to join with the state’s six other congressional members and request it.

DeMint — who said he is exploring the use of private money to deepen the port — said he didn’t sign on to that request because he was told asking for the money would be pointless.

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