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Congresswoman's dredging amendment to be heard in October

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Updated: 9/21/2013 2:05 am
JACKSONVILLE Fla.-- Veteran longshoreman Ransom Michael is putting his faith in Congresswoman Corrine Brown's plan to save Jaxport, one that had her withdraw her amendment to a sub committee this week.

"I think all of us would feel good about this and I think she's doing a good job in helping us," said Michael.

The congresswoman tells Action News revealing her amendment to speed up dredging JAXPORT at the right time is critical. She now plans to do it before the entire house next month instead.

"It is a great beginning but there's some tweaking that has to be done between now and when we pass," she said.

Friday, the house agreed to consider Brown's amendment. Jaxport said she is right on target.

"We trust our leadership to do what it's going to take to get this done," said Jaxport spokeswoman Nancy Rubin.

Brown says speeding up the project is critical so Jaxport doesn't lose bigger ship business to nearby ports like Savannah. The Georgia Port was commended by Vice President Biden earlier this week for its approval to dredge.

"Wer're not competitive we need to be so the big ships come in," said Brown.

Brown said if her amendment isn't passed, 90,000 jobs will be lost. That's jobs for longshoremen like Ransom Michael.

"It's more work so were always looking for more work," he said.
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