President Barack Obama's proposed budget released this afternoon contains $3.5 million to study deepening the Charleston Harbor.

The money would be for the budget year that begins Oct. 1, and would be in addition to $2.5 million in federal funds allocated this year. However, the president's spending plan is expected to get a chilly reception in Congress, and certainly in the Republican-dominated House.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the president's budget is "a political document," but he praised the administration for including the funding for the harbor deepening study. Graham said that although the budget might be dead on arrival in the Senate, the inclusion of the $3.5 million item means that Graham, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, can pursue that money without it being considered an earmark.

Read more in Tuesday's editions of The Post and Courier.