The Federal Government must spend the highway trust fund dollars on infrastructure as intended. Diversions of highway money to alternative uses like the “bullet-train-to nowhere” must stop. Private and public partnerships can extend tax dollars effectiveness with benefits for all. Project Labor Agreements are the bane of cost savings and taxpayer value. Below I highlight two main areas of my stance on infrastructure.
Long Beach Harbor
Our Long Beach harbor is the economic engine of our City of Long Beach in the 47th Congress District. The harbor is one of the largest and busiest in the world with over half of all ship based US imports coming through the Long Beach/LA Harbor complex. We have a problem Houston, Panama has built new canal locks to steal away our Long Beach Port shipments. Heretofore large container ships could not fit through the old nineteenth century locks; shippers were forced to use Long Beach/LA ports. Today New York, Miami, and New Orleans ports are vying to steal our shipping. Congress must do everything possible to bolster the infrastructure of the harbor to keep it competitive with transshipment through the new Panama Canal locks.