U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., stood down on his promise earlier this week to hem in the federal government until it addresses the Port of Charleston's need for $50,000 to move forward with a harbor-deepening study this year.

With the possibility of an administrative resolution to allow the project to proceed, Graham said he released the holds he placed on nominations and legislation within the Senate, adding, "I believe we are making good progress."

Graham hopes the two-week Senate recess will move the discussion forward and, if not, said he would reinstitute holds.