Last year, the president's budget proposal included $130.3 million for the project, which was praised as full funding. Before that, about $186 million in federal dollars had been allocated.
Most of Trump's budget proposal, which includes cuts to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Medicaid program, is unlikely to gain traction in a fractured Congress that must sign off on government spending. However, bans on earmarks means that projects supervised by the Army Corps of Engineers such as the port deepening are usually funded at whatever level is in the proposed spending plan.
Last year, the Savannah project was slated for full funding even though the Trump administration proposed cutting the overall budget of the corps, which oversees planning, design and construction of public works projects such as canals and dams. This year, the entire agency’s budget is in line for a boost.
The corps said its 2021 budget put a priority on spending projects at harbors and inland waterways that experience the highest commercial traffic.