Congress passes water transportation bill
Barges on the Ohio River typically carry ag commodities as well as coal, scrap metal and other bulk products. - iStock Photo.
A bill that, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, “puts America’s inland waterways and port infrastructure on a solid and sustainable foundation to contribute to U.S. economic growth, jobs and global competitiveness for generations to come,” has been passed by Congress and now moves to the president’s desk for his signature.
The Water Resources Reform and Development Act passed the Senate on May 22 on a 91-7 vote, following the House’s 412-4 vote earlier that week.
“The American Farm Bureau Federation and our 6 million member families have long championed an efficient and reliable inland waterway system linked to competitive ports,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman. “We’re pleased that Congress recognizes that the ports, channels, locks, dams and other infrastructure that support our waterways transportation are vital to America’s ability to provide affordable agricultural products at home and abroad.
“We urge President Obama to swiftly sign this important bill into law,” he added in a May 22 statement.
Stallman noted that the ports, channels, locks, dams and other infrastructure that support America’s waterways transportation are vital to America’s ability to provide affordable agricultural products at home and abroad. WRRDA will bring $6 billion in total cost savings and important reforms to ensure the reliability and strength of our nation’s inland waterways and ports, he added.
AFBF strongly supported passage and tracked this important vote as part of its annual Congressional Scorecard. (AFBF 5/22/14)