The Georgia Republican told reporters during a visit to the bustling seaport that the harbor deepening is his top issue to discuss with President Barack Obama next week when the president joins Isakson and other GOP senators for dinner. They’ll be dining the same day Obama plans to release his proposed budget, which Georgia port officials hope will include money to start construction on the $652 million project.
“We’re still working diligently in Washington to close the deal,” Isakson said. “And we’re very, very close.”
The nation’s fourth-largest container port in Savannah won federal approval last year to deepen the river channel. But the Washington budget crisis has made it tough to get federal funding.