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Three top republicans in Georgia's congressional delegation have written President Obama. But it's not an invitation to dinner. Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson along with 1st district Congressman Jack Kingston are indicating their concerns about what they say is a lack of federal funding for the Savannah Harbor Project. It's a 650 million dollar project to deepen the Savannah River to accommodate super size ships, especially those coming from a revamped and deeper Panama Canal.

The project has taken years and seemingly gets more expensive by the day. "When we passed the bill in 1995, the cost was about $240 million dollars, now it's 650 million," said Congressman Jack Kingston

Kingston, Chambliss and Isakson have written the president saying the federal budget offer is a far cry from what's needed this year to get the project going. Tens of million dollars in federal funding was anticipated, but the president's budget included just over one million dollars.

The letter reminded Obama that he supported the project last year during the campaign. The three wrote Obama "we are disappointed that your support for this project has seemingly waned this year. This is a vital project for Georgia, for the Southeast, and for the Nation."

Kingston says the state of Georgia has set aside up to $200 million dollars for its share of the project. He said it may be possible for the state to do "something on its own" but indicated at some point, state officials would want an agreement on reimbursement.

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