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Valadao releases Statement on West Coast Port Contract Negotiations

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Washington, February 12, 2015 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
Following Wednesday’s announcement that vessel operations will again be suspended at U.S. West Coast ports over the coming weekend, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) joined with a bipartisan group of Members for a press conference urging a swift resolution to the contract negotiations.
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Following Wednesday’s announcement that vessel operations will again be suspended at U.S. West Coast ports over the coming weekend, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) joined with a bipartisan group of Members for a press conference urging a swift resolution to the contract negotiations.

California’s Central Valley is one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions. The Central Valley produces over 230 different types of crops and accounts for 6.1 billion in agriculture sales. However, these agriculture industries rely on the efficient movement of goods as well as stable access to international markets, both of which have been impacted by ongoing negotiations between the International Longshoreman Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).
 

 Congressman Valadao stated, “Agriculture is the backbone of our community and the ability to import and export our goods is critical to both our local and national economies. As time passes without a resolution, our farmers, businesses, and manufacturers will continue to face increased production costs and lost sales while massive quantities of produce and goods go to waste. Employees have been laid off, and thousands of more jobs remain at risk.” He continued, “The ongoing drought has already had catastrophic consequences on our communities. The last thing the Valley needs is another obstacle preventing our farmers and ranchers from doing what they do best and limiting the economic success of our communities.” 

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao

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