"In a time when our nation must prepare for the period of post Panamax ships, ports across the country are searching for ways to deepen their access channel so that these bigger ships can enter their port. However, as opposed to focusing exclusively on dredging and port deepening, our nation needs to be more comprehensive in its approach. This includes important components of transporting goods such as increasing funding for our freight rail system to improve and speed up the movement of goods to and from the ports around the nation, as well as properly fund our nation's infrastructure system and making sure our highways are well paved so that semi-trucks can move goods quickly to and from our ports as well. Indeed, Florida ports are no longer just competing with ports in Georgia, Alabama Louisiana and Texas, but with ports around the world.
We need a national transportation system that incorporates all modes of transportation, including of course, properly funding of our nation's ports. I will continue to work closely with Transportation Secretary LaHood to ensure that Jacksonville's port is treated equitably and receives its fair share of federal port dollars."