3) Georgia lawmakers say they are pushing for more funding, but the earmark ban effectively ties Congress' hands when it comes to setting aside money for specific projects such as Savannah. Congress could approve more money for a broader Army Corps construction account, but it's bureaucrats who would have the ultimate discretion for whether that money goes to the project. The feds passed on giving the project additional dollars last year.
4) Cargo traffic to Georgia’s ports in Savannah and Brunswick have has surged in recent years. In Savannah, ports officials say that’s in large part because of the opening of the expanded Panama Canal.
5) At a conference in early February, the ports authority said it is forming plans for a 10-year, $2.3 billion expansion that would more than double the container capacity in Savannah.
Staff writer Tamar Hallerman contributed to this article.
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