Sep 07 2018
Washington, D.C. -- This morning, Congressman Renacci, member of the Great Lakes Task Force, met with full-service cargo facility, Midwest Terminals, and other related officials to discuss issues facing the Great Lakes region. Due to an elongated labor dispute, international ships are not able to enter or exit the Port of Toledo. This dispute has “created substantial economic damage to all segments of the economy” according to a recent letter from local leaders.
“I was pleased to meet today with the leadership of Midwest Terminals and discuss solutions to ensure that international ships can enter and exit the Toledo Port. They recently announced Cleveland Cliffs project, estimated to be worth $700,000,000 and Northstar project estimated to be at $700,000,000 will be for Ohio’s economy but the international shipments required for this project are potentially going to be delayed – this can’t happen. It is time to look at all options that are available to guarantee that international ships can enter and exit this port for the benefit of the state’s economy.
I will continue working with all parties including the White House to assure these vessels can reach their port and depart to assure the related economic opportunities are available for the skilled trade workers and others who can participate in the jobs that will be created.”
Renacci has long been a leader on issues facing the Great Lakes because “The lakes are not only for the enjoyment of Ohioans but also for our state’s economy,” said Renacci. Renacci has been an active supporter of The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). GLRI is a vital inter-agency program that seeks to leverage the resources of the state, local, and federal governments along with business and non-profits to restore and maintain the Great Lakes ecosystem. He was an original cosponsor of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act, which became law and authorized $300 million in funding for GLRI annually and wrote to the Administration and Appropriations Committee numerous times to advocate for full funding in the budget and appropriations bill.