Port of Wilmington – Senator Dole spent an hour this afternoon meeting with ports officials about current improvement projects and concerns about port security. Dole says she's pushing for federal money to fund a $100,000 reconnaissance study for the international port project in Brunswick county. But the senator says she had immediate concerns about finding funding for dredging and port construction in the region:
"The president's budget, which is just a blueprint, did not contain funding for construction, and it's important that that move forward."
This was Senator Dole's first visit to the port of Wilmington as a member of congress.