Washington, D.C. ñ This afternoon, PORTS Caucus co-chairs Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) and Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-CA) hosted Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Maritime Administrator David Matsuda for a bipartisan meeting with PORTS Caucus members.

ìToday was a valuable opportunity for PORTS Caucus Members to collaborate with Secretary LaHood and Administrator Matsuda to determine what Congress and the Administration can do together to address port issues nationally, ìsaid Poe.  ìI look forward to working with the Department of Transportation in the future as the Caucus continues our efforts to ensure that all ports and transportation infrastructure have the adequate resources they need to maintain the flow of commerce.î

ìPORTS Caucus members had the opportunity to have a very open discussion about our ports and the vital role they play in our economy with Secretary LaHood and Administrator Matsuda,î said Rep. Hahn. ìWe talked about our transportation network and how we must have proper investment and security for our global supply chain. Iím pleased they were so receptive to our message and I look forward to working with both of them in the future.î

The bipartisan Congressional PORTS Caucusís mission is to promote the importance of our ports to the nationís economy and the need to secure them. United States ports support 13.3 million jobs and account for $3.15 trillion in business activity to the economy.