Mr. BARROW. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of America's ports, especially the one in Savannah, Georgia.
After spending last week touring the rural areas of my district, it's hard to overstate the Savannah port's importance, even for areas outside of Savannah.
The Port of Savannah--the fastest growing port in the Nation and the second largest on the east coast--supports more than 295,000 jobs and contributes over $15 billion in income to Georgia's economy. It's also a major economic hub for a 26-State region that stretches deep into the Midwestern part of the country.
Farmers, manufacturers, and miners ship product in and out of the port. And for thousands of small businesses around the country, the Savannah port is their sole access to the rest of the world.
Let's make sure our goods can reach international markets and get America back to work. I urge my colleagues to invest in our ports so that we can compete in today's economy and the economy of the future.