BALTIMORE - Vice President Joe Biden talked about the need to invest in infrastructure during a visit to the Port of Baltimore on Monday morning.
The visit included highlighting a $10 million grant to the Port of Baltimore. The grant is expected to help improve the port's productivity by widening a channel into the port while increasing the port's cargo storage capacity and avoiding the need for costly repairs. The federal grant will be match with $19.5 million in state funds.
The visit is part of Biden’s tour of East Coast ports seeking federal funds to help handle an influx of freight from the Panama Canal in the near future.
"The world is changing," Biden said. "We are carry so much more on cargo ships. Unless we expand ports on the East Coast, we’re going to fall behind badly."
Biden, who was joined by Gov. Martin O’Malley, several members of Maryland’s congressional delegation and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, also spoke of strengthening the middle class, and growing the economy from the middle out.
"This expansion will lead to 5,700 new jobs...," Biden said. "These just aren't any jobs. These are jobs you can raise a family on.
"Everything we're doing is desgned to build the middle class. When the middle class does well, the wealthy does really well and the poor has a shot."
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