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Recognizing the Importance of Seaports to the Economy and National Security of the United States

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Ms. HAHN. Mr. Speaker, even before coming to Congress, ports have been a top priority for me. I served on the Los Angeles city council for 10 years and represented the Port of Los Angeles--that, with the Port of Long Beach, are America's ports.

When I arrived in Congress, I wanted to raise awareness of ports and their impact on our Nation's economy. So, I, along with my Republican colleague Rep. TED POE, started the bi-partisan PORTS Caucus to educate our colleagues and include ports in our national dialogue. We took the next step in that mission by reintroducing a resolution honoring our ports.

The United States is served by more than 350 commercial sea and river ports that support 3,200 cargo and passenger handling facilities. Each day United States ports move both imports and exports totaling some $3.8 billion worth of goods through all 50 States. Additionally, ports move 99.4 percent of overseas cargo volume by weight and generate $3.95 trillion in international trade. These numbers speak for themselves: ports are a crucial component of our national economy, and they deserve Congress' attention.

This resolution honors both the tremendous contribution ports make to our national economy and the extraordinary service of Americans employed at our Nation's ports. I urge my colleagues to support this resolution in order to advance our national dialogue on ports.

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