In an email response to a question about the cuts, a spokeswoman for the American Association of Port Authorities said that while they are grateful that dollars for port infrastructure have not been entirely cut, the group is nevertheless disappointed.
“This money is a generational investment in port infrastructure, and more will be needed to prepare supply chains for the future of freight transportation,” she said.
The money from the reconciliation bill would be in addition to the $ 10 billion spent on port infrastructure in the bipartisan infrastructure bill that was passed by the Senate in August, according to the American Association of Port Authorities. The original agreement provided for some $ 17 billion for the ports.
Among the allocations in the bipartisan bill are $ 250 million for a study on reducing truck emissions at port facilities and $ 2.25 billion for a port infrastructure development program. The bill also provides for broader subsidy programs that could benefit ports.
Adie Tomer, head of the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative at the Brookings Institution, said that while the current House reconciliation bill would “certainly limit” the ability of the Maritime Administration to help resolve issues in the water supply chain. supply, many are difficult for the government to resolve. Most of the supply chain is controlled by the private sector, not the government, and âthe vast majority of supply chain problems arise from private sector decisions such as labor conditions. ‘work, local laws relating to shipping such as the storage of empty containers and global economic conditions beyond any party’s control,’ said Tomer.