HOUSTON -- The head of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee says he will push to increase funds to help the Port of Houston protect against security threats from terrorist and drug cartel operations.

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul visited the port Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, port officials and a Houston-area congressional delegation. The Houston-area Republican discussed how to increase security at the port and surrounding petrochemical complex as it prepares for the expansion of the Panama Canal.

McCaul says the two top security priorities are ensuring drug and terrorist groups aren t able to use ships at the port to conduct illegal activity. He says he will look to reinstate full grants to address these security threats and further dredge the channel to allow for bigger ships.

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