May 31, 2017

Senator Harris Discusses Economic Importance of Port of Los Angeles and Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Budget Committee and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, met with officials at the Port of Los Angeles. Harris was briefed by officials on the national and regional impact of the Port. The Trump Administration's proposed budget includes damaging cuts to transportation, goods movement, and workforce development. Harris also toured part of the Port.

"California has the most significant ports in the United States in terms of what commerce moves throughout our nation," Harris said. "40% of what moves throughout our nation comes through here - the Los Angeles Port. That's why I'm here to meet with the leaders who are doing the work every day - the longshoremen, the truck drivers, and all of the folks who are a part of this ecosystem - to find out what their needs are."

The Port of Los Angeles is the nation's largest and busiest container port. It creates nearly 500,000 jobs within local counties and 1.5 million jobs nationwide. President Trump's proposed budget would cut key programs it depends on, including workforce training programs, infrastructure development grants, and port security.

As a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Harris sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for America's Global Freight Gateway: Southern California Rail Project to secure a grant under the Department of Transportation's Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) program. This project will remove freight bottlenecks to the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which are the first and second busiest container ports in the nation.