First District Congressman Tim Scott is trying to balance his opposition to federal earmarks and the need for port improvements in Charleston. Scott, a freshman Republican congressman, says he is working hard to find the funds for the harbor deepening project at the Port of Charleston. He told the AP the state desperately needs to find the funding for the port to bring in more business, but he does not want to do it with earmarks.
Scott, along with Senator Jim DeMint, is being criticized for not taking earmarks to fund the port project, but he still stands his ground. Currently, Savannah’s port is also trying to get funding for a deepening study, which could hurt the Port of Charleston’s business. Charleston is seeking the money for a deepening study so the port can be expanded to 50 feet, bringing in larger cargo ships.