- Waterways legislation passes House, Senate by overwhelming majority.
- Awaiting President Obama's signature.
- Provides $8.2 billion for infrastructure improvements.
- Applauded by broad coalition of agriculture, business groups.
Among others weighing in on WRRDA’s overwhelming, bipartisan passage:
- The National Corn Growers Association.
“Today, our representatives in the Senate took a concrete step toward repairing and improving our inland waterways through a vote that again showed overwhelming bipartisan approval for WRRDA,” said Martin Barbre, NCGA president. “We must improve our infrastructure, and we must do it now. Our locks and dams transport our cargoes today but were built in the 1920s and 1930s to accommodate far smaller loads and far less river traffic. For farmers in particular, it is crucial as more than 60 percent of the nation’s grain exports are transported by barge. The need is urgent; U.S. farmers and businesses rely upon this transportation channel to create economic opportunities at home and supply markets abroad.”
- The American Soybean Association.
“The Senate’s passage of the waterways bill conference report today is another critical step toward ensuring a critical component of the soybean supply chain will receive the attention and upkeep it needs to keep our products moving,” said Ray Gaesser, ASA president and Iowa farmer. “Reliable waterways help take our soybeans from major growing regions to domestic processors and major exporting terminals, then on to valuable trading partners around the world. The efficiency of that system gives us a significant advantage over other soybean-producing nations, and is a huge part of why soybeans lead the nation in agricultural exports.”
- The National Association of Wheat Growers.
“NAWG is pleased with the passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014,” said Paul Penner, NAWG president and wheat farmer from Hillsboro, Kan. “The near unanimous support the bill received in both the House and Senate signals how vital our inland waterways system is; both to America’s wheat farmers, who export nearly half the wheat that is grown domestically, and to our nation’s economy as a whole.”
- Waterways Council, Inc.
“The nation’s towboat operators, shippers, and labor, port, conservation and agriculture stakeholder members of WCI applauded today’s passage of WRRDA,” said Matt Woodruff, WCI chairman. “This bill -- and, we hope, law -- will create American jobs, increase U.S. exports, keep our nation competitive in world markets, and enhance the reliability of the nation’s waterways transportation mode and critical supply chain link.”