U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces $12.6 Million in Grants for America’s Marine Highways 

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces $12.6 Million in Grants for America‘s Marine Highways    Friday, December 10, 2021 (full link below)   WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) awarded $12.6 million in grants to nine marine highway projects across the Nation under the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). The funding will help address supply chain disruptions, enhance the movement of goods along our…
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Committee Members Introduce Legislation to Address Supply Chain Congestion

U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, John Thune, R-S.D., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Todd Young, R-Ind. introduced the Facilitating Relief for Efficient Intermodal Gateways to Handle Transportation (FREIGHT) Act. This bill would take important steps to address the…
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Whitehouse Action Plan for America’s Ports and Waterways-What the Infrastructure Bill means for us

With the passing of Biden’s $1.2 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, the Whitehouse released a Fact Sheet yesterday which summarizes Action Plan for America’s Ports and Waterways. The Biden administration has not yet confirmed a date in which he will sign the Bill into action. The 2,702-page bipartisan bill contains $550 billion in new spending which includes…
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FACT SHEET: The Biden-⁠Harris Action Plan for America’s Ports and Waterways

  While American ports are a cornerstone of the U.S. economy, outdated infrastructure and the COVID-19 pandemic have strained their capacity and jeopardized global supply chains.  According to the 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure Report issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), in 2018, America’s ports supported more than 30 million jobs and…
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Wicker, Boozman Support FMC Efforts to Resolve Issues Facing U.S. Supply Chain

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and John Boozman, R-Ark., ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today sent a letter to Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Michael Khouri expressing support for the FMC’s current efforts to address the supply chain…
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Chair DeFazio Announces T&I Subcommittee Chairs and Democratic Committee Roster

Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the Committee’s Democratic roster for the 117th Congress, as well as the six subcommittee chairs and the full Committee Vice Chair, all of whom were approved by the Democrats on the Committee. In total, there will be 37 Democrats serving on the Committee,…
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Graves Welcomes Republican T&I Committee Members for the 117th Congress

January, 2021 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) welcomed the Republican Members recommended by the House Republican Steering Committee to serve on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 117th Congress. “Our Nation’s expansive transportation and infrastructure systems have shaped our economy for centuries and allowed commerce to grow…
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Senate Commerce Committee Announces Hearing on Passenger and Freight Rail

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “Passenger and Freight Rail: The Current Status of the Rail Network and the Track Ahead,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21. The hearing will examine the current state of the passenger and freight rail network, including impacts…
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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2020

Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), and Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-AR) applauded House passage of the bipartisan Water Resources…
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House Passes H.R. 7416: Coastal and Inland Ports and Terminals Commerce Improvements Act

Today, the House of Representatives of the 116th Congress passed the Coastal and Inland Ports and Terminals Commerce Improvements Act, H.R. 7416. The bill, sponsored by Representative Mike Bost (R-IL) and Conor Lamb (D-PA) was included as an Amendment to HR 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act. The bill establishes a competitive grant matching program…
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IRPT Legislative Caucus

 

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

 

The IRPT Legislative Caucus 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 will be via zoom meeting on April 6th at 10:00 am central time to discuss:

  • IRPT’s vision for this caucus;
  • 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 Caucus Members plan to make their first in-person visit to Washington in May 2022.

 

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 Caucus 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