Permitting Optimization for Responsible Transportation (PORT) Act

HR 7587: Permitting Optimization for Responsible Transportation (PORT) Act passed the House Armed Services Committee is included in the House FY 2025 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The PORT Act streamlines permitting and materials regulations for maritime transportation, clearing a path to build and modernize ports and harbors. This also streamlines permitting reviews under the United…
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Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on the U.S. Coast Guard’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request

Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Chairman Daniel Webster (R-FL) announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing to receive testimony from the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard on the Service’s fiscal year 2025 budget requests. The hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 23, 2024, in 2167 Rayburn…
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Transportation & Infrastructure Hearing: U.S. Coast Guard

On April 30, the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing on Fiscal Year 2025 Maritime Transportation Budget Requests. You can access a recording of the hearing here. Witnesses included: Rear Admiral Ann Phillips, United States Navy (Ret.), Administrator, United States Maritime Administration, United States Department of Transportation The Honorable…
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Sen. Kelly to propose legislation to strengthen commercial shipping

ARLINGTON, Va. – A U.S. senator is developing legislation meant to revitalize the U.S. commercial maritime industry, which he called an economic and national security imperative. Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., said Tuesday the government must include the Merchant Marine as part of its effort to deter China. Speaking at an event by the Center for…
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NWC News Alert (Dec. 7, 2022): WRDA 2022 on deck TODAY

  Legislative Update: Courtesy of National Waterways Conference Dec. 7, 2022 You will never guess what was unveiled today on the U.S. House of Representatives Rule’s Committee website-compromise language for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)! As expected, the language will be in National Defense Authorization Act, an annual authorization bill for defense-related programs and…
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FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Releases Permitting Action Plan to Accelerate and Deliver Infrastructure Projects On Time, On Task, and On Budget

FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Releases Permitting Action Plan to Accelerate and Deliver Infrastructure Projects on Time, On Task, and On Budget MAY 11, 2022 | Whitehouse STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is making a once-in-a-generation investment in America’s infrastructure and competitiveness that will create good-paying union jobs, grow our economy, invest in communities, combat…
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Senator Wicker Inquires on DOT Data Sharing Initiative for Freight Transportation 

  Wicker Inquires on DOT Data Sharing Initiative for Freight Transportation    April 20, 2022 | U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today sent a letter to Secretary Pete Buttigieg seeking information about the Freight Logistics Optimization Works (FLOW)…
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DOT Lays Out Actions to Strengthen Supply Chains and Revitalize the Economy 

DOT Lays Out Actions to Strengthen Supply Chains and Revitalize the Economy  Thursday, February 24, 2022 (full link below) Today, on the one-year anniversary of President’s Executive Order on Supply Chains, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is publishing a report that lays out vulnerabilities in our freight and logistics supply chain and clear-cut actions…
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President Biden and U.S. Department of Transportation Announce Historic New Funding to Strengthen Port Infrastructure and Supply Chain Resiliency

President Biden and U.S. Department of Transportation Announce Historic New Funding to Strengthen Port Infrastructure and Supply Chain Resiliency   Wednesday, February 23, 2022 Thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) Grants receives $450 million, its largest investment ever WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced…
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Administration Provides Infrastructure Law Guidebook

February 4, 2022 | Waterways Journal Washington, D.C.-The Biden administration released its first edition of a Bipartisan Infrastructure Law guidebook to provide a “one-stop shop” to help local and state governments and tribes access the more than 375 programs in the trillion-dollar law. “Our primary goal with this is to help our partners across the…
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IRPT Legislative Committee

 

On February 15, 2021 Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals Board of Directors voted to adopt a new IRPT Legislative Committee.

The IRPT Legislative Committee brings together IRPT Members that have the like-minded vision and passion to make recommendations to Congress and Federal Agencies that focus on maritime transportation in order to strongly advocate for common legislative objectives that affect inland interests and to support the inland river transportation system.

Our first meeting was held via zoom meeting on April 6, 2021 at 10:00 am central time to discuss:

  • IRPT’s vision for this committee;
  • Ask for volunteer assignments;
  • Plan an in-person event in Washington.

IRPT had been building its relationships with many lawmakers in Washington during our successful attempt at passing legislation to provide funding opportunities for inland and small coastal ports and terminals. Immediately following that, COVID hit and as you may have experienced, it has been quite difficult to connect with lawmakers to propel additional initiatives forward. Now that restrictions have loosened in Washington and many conversations are taking place about certain pieces of legislation that affect inland river transportation and the ports and terminals that use them, this is an excellent opportunity to reconnect and hit the hill.

The IRPT Legislative Committee Members plan to make their first in-person visit to Washington in March 2023.

If you have served on IRPT’s Board of Directors, you are familiar with our handling of such events, in that IRPT will schedule all of the Congressional visits, prepare your itinerary (not including travel) and materials for dissemination and much more.

Our current roster of IRPT’s Legislative Committee includes:

  • Anthony Gex, IRPT President, River Bend Transport
  • Jim Kearns, IRPT Secretary/Treasurer, Jones Walker
  • Molly Bourgoyne, IRPT Board Member, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
  • Dave Riggs, IRPT Board Member, Watco
  • Mary Ann Bucci, Port of Pittsburgh

IRPT Members interested in serving should email Aimee Andres at aandres@irpt.net.

IRPT Legislative Caucus Initiatives