Congressman Vern Buchanan visits Port Manatee to talk expansion

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SARASOTA - Congressman Vern Buchanan made a number of stops along the Suncoast Friday.  He, along with U.S. House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, toured Port Manatee Friday morning.

This comes as the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee sets national policy and funding for highways, airports and beach replenishment.

The two were given a briefing about how the port works and what it needs to function.

Buchanan is pushing for more federal money to help expand the port.  "There is a big opportunity for all our ports, and my main thrust right now is to help Port Manatee get to the next level.  As we've mentioned, we've got the land, we've got the opportunity, we just need to get some things addressed in Washington," said Buchanan.