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Issue Position: Port of Miami and Miami River

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As an international maritime hub, the Port of Miami handles approximately 35 shipping lines, which call on over 100 countries and 250 ports around the world.

The port is also considered the "Cruise Capital of the World" with 3.7 million cruise passengers and 757 cruise dockings.

* I have worked to secure over $37 million for the Port of Miami dredging. Our port is a critical component of South Florida's economy, generating over 110,000 jobs and $16 billion in economic impact annually.

A key factor in our community's economic growth is the completion of the Miami River maintenance dredging and environmental cleanup project. After years of tremendous effort by the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, the State of Florida, and elected officials in Washington, D.C., the project is nearing its completion.

* Working together with my colleagues in the South Florida delegation, we have secured over $42 million in federal appropriations to the project. State and local governments have contributed an additional $34 million, leaving us only $10 million away from completing the project. I am committed to working with my colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives to securing the funds needed to complete this important and much-needed project.


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