Rep. Angie Craig Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Championing Importance of Inland Waterway System

July 11, 2019
Press Release
Resolution commemorates river navigation season and highlights the need for increased infrastructure investment

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig and U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced a bipartisan resolution in recognition of the inland waterway systems that power economies and communities across the Second District.

Shippers and consumers from 38 States depend on the inland waterways to move about 600 million tons of cargo that sustains 541,000 American jobs. Within Minnesota’s Second Congressional District, the Army Corps maintains a 9 foot-deep river navigation channel through dredging and operates locks and dams in Hastings and Red Wing. Unfortunately, 78% of the Upper Mississippi River system of locks and dams are well beyond their 50 year design life, with nearly half of all vessel traffic experiencing delays.

This resolution highlights how essential inland waterways are to the economic success of local communities, as well as the need for increased investment in infrastructure improvements to ensure farmers and business owners have access to the resources they need to be successful.

“Communities across my district rely on river shipping to transport cargo and drive economic growth. Inland waterways like the Upper Mississippi River are critical to this growth,” said Rep. Craig. “This bipartisan resolution highlights the role rivers play for Minnesotans and brings attention to the much needed investments to our infrastructure. Congress needs to ensure our waterways are equipped with modern infrastructure so that Minnesota businesses and farmers can compete in the global economy.”

“I am proud to have a district that runs along two major waterways: the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, which are both responsible for getting corn, soybeans, and billions of dollars of products to market each year,”
said Rep. Davis. “The investments we’ve made in our waterways throughout our nation’s history have helped drive our economic success and we must continue those investments for the future. This resolution highlights the importance of our waterways and I’m proud to introduce it with my fellow Transportation and Infrastructure colleague, Rep. Angie Craig.”

Original cosponsors for the resolution include Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Rep Michael Bost (R-IL), Rep. Abby Finkenaur (D-IA), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH), and Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA).

In Congress, Rep. Craig advocates for infrastructure improvements and expanded economic opportunity on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.