Graham: money needed now for harbor deepening

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says he will do "anything and everything" to get $400,000 in federal money for a study of deepening Charleston Harbor.

Graham told reporters Tuesday that money needs to be included in the budget this year so the project can move forward and Charleston won't be left behind.

Graham says one approach to get around the opposition to earmarks for specific projects would be for Congress to approve money for ports nationwide.

Officials say the shipping channel needs to be deepened to 50 feet to handle the larger ships that would call on at Charleston after the widening of the Panama Canal.

Graham says the entire project could cost more than $300 million and is not something the state can do itself.

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