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House passes Water Reform and Development Act

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

With a 412-4 vote on a water resources bill, the U.S. House moved the $706 million Savannah Port deepening another step closer to groundbreaking.

Senate passage is next for the $12.3 billion conference report for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, and it could come as soon as this week. Once President Obama signs it, the Army Corps of Engineers is cleared to sign the final agreement with the Port so the dredging can begin with money Georgia taxpayers have already set aside.

Georgia Port Authority Executive Director Curtis Flotz is excited about approval.

"It's time we've all been waiting for candidly, more importantly, our customers have. We've been saying now for about six months and we feel better about it today that we should have digging in this river before the calendar year ends this year," he said.

Two of the four Georgia congressmen fighting for their political futures today made a quick trip back to D.C. for the vote. Senate-seeking Reps. Jack Kingston and Phil Gingrey were there to record their support in the landslide; Reps. Paul Broun and Hank Johnson stayed in Georgia to work the ground in today's primary vote.

TO READ THE FULL STORY CLICK HERE: http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2014/05/20/gingrey-kingston-sprint-back-for-water-bill-vote-to-boost-savannah-port/

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