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- Passing Congress easily, Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRDDA) then signed into law.
- Agriculture groups applaud legislation.
- Crumbling waterways infrastructure now set for upgrade.
Can you address the agriculture proponent of your coalition? How important was that in moving Congress?
“It was, perhaps, the most critical component.
“Our coalition has labor groups, as well. They have a lot of skin in the game since we’ve seen jobs fall off during the recession. They were also calling loudly for this bill.
“But the ag sector -- corn growers, soybean growers, seed groups, fertilizer companies, all of them across the board -- rose up and raised their voices to get this done. They repeatedly made the point that the waterways are the most cost-effective way to move commodities and without a modern, efficient waterways infrastructure we can’t compete as well.
“So, agriculture was critical to get this done. We’ll rely on agriculture again when we call for an increase in the user fee.”