U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will hold a hearing on April 10 at 2:30 p.m. EDT titled “Expanding the Panama Canal: What Does It Mean for American Freight and Infrastructure?”
The hearing will explore how the Panama Canal expansion will change the movement of freight into and throughout the U.S. and explore the public and private infrastructure investment needed to meet these changing freight patterns.
“Now that the Panama Canal is being expanded to allow larger vessels, the U.S. needs to develop a comprehensive transportation infrastructure strategy for the next century,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the committee, in a written statement. “We cannot be caught flat-footed when ships twice the size of current vessels begin to cross from the Pacific to Atlantic oceans and want to do business with our ports.”
The hearing will be Webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee Web site.