Sen. Coons Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Bill to Support Critical Harbor & Port Maintenance

Feb 05, 2013 -- 11:14am

Delaware Senator Chris Coons joined Michigan Senator Carl Levin in introducing bipartisan legislation on Monday to fund critical operations and maintenance of the nation’s harbors, including the Delaware River.

The Harbor Maintenance Act of 2013 would require funds in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund be spent for their intended purpose of maintenance and operations of federal ports, instead of being redirected to other uses.

America’s ports and harbors support about 13 million jobs and account for $4 trillion in economic impacts. However, the Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the full depth of shipping channels at the nation’s 59 busiest ports are available less than 35 percent of the time, because they are inadequately maintained.

 

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