Friday, November 22, 2013
I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly thank Congressman Tom Rice for his hard work and leadership in helping pass the Water Resources Reform and Development Act through the House of Representatives. Our ports in Georgetown and Charleston will greatly benefit from his hard work and I know he will continue to work diligently to ensure their needs are met as this process moves forward.
Thereís no doubt Tomís work with Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Shuster paid dividends for South Carolina. At Tomís invitation, he came to South Carolina and was able to see for himself just how important these projects are to our state. Without him taking the initiative on this project, I doubt we would have been near as successful.
While we know we have great assets in South Carolina, it is vital to our economy that they are always up-to-date and ready to compete in this ever-increasing global economy.
It is critically important we ensure that the final bill includes language that removes barriers to deepen ports and increases the federal maintenance threshold from 45 feet to 50 feet. Our delegation must continue to speak with one voice and work hand-in-hand on behalf of South Carolinasí needs.
I know Tom will be working overtime in the House of Representatives to ensure these provisions are included.
Again, I appreciate Tomís friendship and leadership on these issues of critical importance to South Carolina and wanted to make clear the critical role he played in pushing these important provisions forward.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham