Georgia leaders weigh in on military support, trade issues

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Georgia's Congressional delegation met Tuesday with the Coastal Military Affairs Coalition in DC to talk about federal support for Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.

Georgia leaders representing the Coastal Military Affairs Coalition meet with Congressman Buddy Carter on Capitol Hill Tuesday to discuss federal support for the military. (Source: GrayDC)

The delegation of leaders included the Savannah and Hinesville mayors, the Savannah Chamber Military Affairs Council, the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce, the Savannah Economic Development Authority and others – representing national security, business and education interests.

Right now, the U.S. Senate is debating where money for the military should be spent.

"We're actually - tomorrow - we're going to the Pentagon, we're going to sit down, we're going to meet with several different groups in there to express what we feel like we see as the long-term need for our community, the replacement of some things," said Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach.

GA Rep. Buddy Carter shared Tuesday that $62 million has been secured for a new hangar at Hunter Army Airfield to improve facilities and military readiness, plus $24 million for a new hangar at the Air Dominance Center.

Carter also weighed in on the Chinese cranes used at the Savannah ports and the potential impact from tariffs in the ongoing trade discussions between the U.S. and China.

"I've always said that there's going to be some short-term pain for long-term gain. I applaud the President for what he's doing - we have to call China out, they're a bad actor. Hopefully this will get resolved soon, and it has drawn on for quite some time now, and I think people are getting a little tired of it and it is beginning to impact us. But we have to keep in mind that the end result is the key. We have to make sure that China straightens up and acts right," said Carter.

Georgia Republican Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson sent a letter to the President urging him to remove tariffs on imported cranes used at the Georgia Ports Authority. Congressman Carter says he remains optimistic that Georgia will continue to get key exemptions from the tariffs threat and that the Savannah Harbor expansion project will not be interrupted.

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