ON THE RECORD

Vice President Joe Biden, during a visit last Monday to the Port of Savannah: “What are we talking about? What don’t we understand? What more do we have to know to generate the kind of economy that this nation deserves”?

From Biden’s visit to Charleston’s port last Monday: “We’ve got to find the resources for it because it pays multiple dividends for the economy, the people of South Carolina and the country.”

“Every time we invest in infrastructure as Democrats or as Republicans — every time we have done it — the economy grows and it grows good, decent-paying jobs.”

“We’d better deepen it to 50 feet. Otherwise, guess what? We’re going to be left behind, because other ports are going ahead and doing it.”

From Biden’s Savannah stop:

Curtis Foltz, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority: “We’ve got the full backing of the administration.” “I was looking for him (Biden) to give us a check, but short of that we couldn’t be happier.”

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, in Savannah Monday, on Biden’s speech: “It shows how far we have taken this issue.”

From the AJC Sept. 16, on how state leaders are prepared to begin dredging the Savannah River using state money:

Gov. Nathan Deal: “This is something that we’ll pursue. If the federal government is slow in doing so, which they have been up to this point, then we will press them for permission to let us spend the money we’ve allocated. We’re ready.”

House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge: “We are ready for this expansion. We remain hopeful that the federal government will chose to partner with us as we make this project a reality.”

From the Savannah Morning News:

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss during Monday’s visit: “Deepening the harbor at the Port of Savannah is in line with the nation’s priorities, including our focus on increasing American export capabilities.”

“Georgia is a committed partner in this endeavor, and continued federal support is crucial to achieving this goal. I look forward to the vice president returning to cut the ribbon on a completed project.”

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson: “This project is critically important to the state of Georgia, the Southeast and the nation.”

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