ATLANTA — The absence of funding for the deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel in President Barack Obama’s budget took on political significance in Georgia when it was released Tuesday.

Instead of hundreds of millions of dollars for dredging 5 feet along the 30-mile channel, the president is only asking Congress for $1 million for some engineering work.

Gov. Nathan Deal, who has been lobbying Washington for its share of the $652 million, announced the state would begin work with the $231 it has already committed for its share. That prompted federal officials to remind him that Congress still must pass a water-projects bill that has been in conference negotiations since October over differences between the House and Senate versions. The bill includes the update to the inflated price of the project.

This project has provided the politicians with an opportunity for creative wordsmithing. 

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