The Biden-Harris Action Plan for America’s Ports and Waterways
The White House has recently released, Fact Sheet: The Biden-Harris Action Plan for America’s Ports and Waterways. America’s ports play a vital role in the U.S. economy; in 2018, they accounted for over 30 million jobs and represented approximately 26% of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). In recognition of this, the Biden-Harris administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal includes $17 billion to improve infrastructure for America’s ports and waterways. The goal of this plan is to “increase federal flexibilities for port grants; accelerate port infrastructure grant awards; announce new construction projects for coastal navigation, inland waterways, and land ports of entry; and launch the first round of expanded port infrastructure grants funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.”
Immediate actions announced in the plan:
- Support creative solutions to current supply chain disruptions by allowing for flexibility in port grants.
- Alleviate congestion at the Port of Savannah by funding the Georgia Port Authority pop-up container yards project.
Further near-term actions announced:
- Launch programs to modernize ports and marine highways with more than $240 million in grant funding within the next 45 days.
- Identify projects for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers construction at coastal ports and inland waterways within the next 60 days.
- Prioritize key ports of entry for modernization and expansion within the next 90 days.
- Open competition for the first round of port infrastructure grants funded through the bipartisan infrastructure deal within 90 days.
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