Biden: ‘Come hell or high water, we’ll get this done’ |


Biden: ‘Come hell or high water, we’ll get this done’ |

Vice President Joe Biden stood center stage on Container Berth 6 at the Georgia Port’s Garden City Terminal Monday and told an appreciative crowd of nearly 500 that deepening the Savannah harbor is not a partisan issue.

“In the next 12 years, the volume of trade is expected to double,” Biden said, glancing at the big ship-to-shore cranes working the massive container ship behind him.

“Some 75 percent of the world’s commerce comes and goes in the bellies of these big ships, and these ships will continue to come in increasing numbers.”

“No, folks, this is not a partisan issue. This is an economic issue.”

Flanked by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Biden called for expediting port infrastructure projects all along the East Coast but noted Savannah’s importance to the president’s export initiative.

As Savannah is the East Coast’s busiest port for containerized exports, it is critical to meeting the goals of the National Export Initiative. Exports make up 62 percent of Savannah’s containerized tonnage.

“What don’t we understand?” Biden asked. “What more do we need to know?

“We are going to get this done, come hell or high water.”

That pronouncement was music to port director Curtis Foltz’s ears.

“Certainly to me there was no confusion in what he was saying,” Foltz said.

“I think it’s safe to say we’ve got the full backing of the administration to get this project going forward as quickly as it possibly can. Time is of the essence.”

Also with the vice president on the docks was U.S. Rep.Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, Mayor Edna Jackson, GPA board chairman Robert Jepson and Foltz.

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