To be fair, this does appear to be an important issue and maintaining infrastructure is a big deal. But it is funny the extent to which a temper tantrum will get the needs of Senators met:
Another shutdown showdown averted -- this time the shutdown of the Senate over the paltry sum of $50,000.
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have reached an accommodation to provide $50,000 for a study on deepening the Port of Charleston, and now Graham is standing down and is no longer threatening to "tie the Senate in knots" and block Obama's nominations from winning Senate approval.
But this should still remind you how ridiculous a system that allows a single determined Senator to shut down large portions of the legislative process over what is ultimately a minor, invisible study.