August 2, 2007
House passes critical waterways funding measure
Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) has commended the overwhelming bipartisan approval last night by the U.S. House of Representatives of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The legislation authorizes critically important projects on the inland waterways including the modernization of seven locks along the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, and projects on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at Bayou Sorrel and Matagorda Bay.
The final House vote was 381-40 to pass the WRDA conference report in the House.
"The action taken in the House to pass WRDA should be applauded by the nation as a whole," said R. Barry Palmer, WCI President.
"We look forward to similar overwhelming bipartisan action in the Senate to pass the WRDA conference report there as well and to sending the bill to the President for what our more than 300 members throughout the Nation sincerely hope will be his signature," said Palmer.
Waterways Council, Inc. is a public policy organization advocating a modern and well-maintained national system of ports and inland waterways. The group is supported by waterways carriers, shippers, port authorities, shipping associations and waterways advocacy groups from all regions of the U.S.