Congressman Gibbs Speaks at Bipartisan Port Slowdown Press Conference

February 12, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Gibbs spoke at the Bipartisan Port Slowdown Press Conference this afternoon. Below are his remarks. Please click the photo for video footage.

“You might wonder why a Congressman from Ohio is here… I’ve been Chairman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment and I talk with the West Ports a lot.  I have been overwhelmed with the amount of exports that leave Ohio and go through the West Coast Ports and its significance.

“As a former hog farmer I worked actively over the years to help develop our Asian markets for pork exports and you just heard Congressman Blum say $40 million dollars a week is being lost. Family farmers, family hog farmers, in the agriculture sector and perishable question about that is on the export side. It’s devastating as far east as Ohio.

“On the import side, I have a major company in the state of Ohio that is a major supplier of medical equipment and they import protective clothing for the healthcare industry. They tell me the slowdown has amounted to rationing protective clothing for healthcare workers, putting our healthcare workers at risk.

“It goes back and forth, exports and imports, on how important this is to our economy, our family farmers, and local small businesses. We need to get this resolved and I implore the President to get involved if it is not resolved soon. If we have to invoke Taft-Hartley, we invoke Taft-Hartley. We have to get it resolved. If not, it will hurt my state of Ohio, the nation and the workers at the Port because they will lose market share. Our customers around the world will look for alternatives for a reliable transportation system.”

**Link to the video can be found here**