IRPT: Action Needed for H.R. 7416

Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminal Association backed bill, H.R. 7416 — the “Coastal and Inland Ports and Terminals Commerce Improvements Act” and yesterday (June 29th), it was introduced.  The bill is sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA). Today, the real work starts and we are asking for your help. Many of…
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Coastal and Inland Ports and Terminals Commerce Improvements Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bost (IL-12) today introduced bipartisan legislation to increase access to critical federal funding for small ports, terminals, and waterways. Bost’s bill, the Coastal and Inland Ports and Terminals Commerce Improvements Act, establishes a competitive grant matching program for projects at smaller ports and terminals AND makes privately-owned terminals that are important…
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House Democrats Release Text of H.R. 2, a Transformational Infrastructure Bill to Create Jobs and Rebuild America

Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) was joined by Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Oversight and Reform Committee…
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Wicker Introduces Rural Infrastructure Advancement Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, yesterday introduced S.3842, the Rural Infrastructure Advancement Act. The legislation would establish a Rural Assistance Pilot Program to help rural communities and localities better utilize and leverage existing U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funding and financing opportunities. “Rural states, like…
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EPW Committee Unanimously Advances Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Legislation

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and EPW Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statements after the committee’s approved America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 (AWIA 2020) and the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020. The legislation as amended passed the committee by a…
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Wicker Requests Feedback from Critical Infrastructure and Freight Transportation Industries

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today sent a letter to representatives of infrastructure and freight transportation industries requesting information about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the supply chain, freight movement, transportation networks, and consumers, as well as ways to ensure the freight transportation network…
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T&I Committee Hosts Bipartisan Virtual Forum on the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Maritime Transportation

Washington, DC — House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Members participated in a virtual forum to hear from Maritime Administrator Admiral Mark H. Buzby (Ret.) about the maritime industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the steps being taken to protect workers on ships and at docks from infection, and operational and logistical…
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March 6, 2020 Legislative Update

Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to Hold Hearing on Worldwide Presence of the Coast Guard The House T&I Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will hold a hearing titled “The International Role of the United State Coast Guard” on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 10:00 am (Eastern). More information about the hearing,…
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Introduction of Bill to Overhaul Management of Missouri River System Water Projects

WASHINGTON ­– Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) introduced new legislation to overhaul the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) process for managing water resource projects along the lower Missouri River system. The Lower Missouri River Flood Prevention Program Act is cosponsored by all of the senators from the lower Missouri River basin states, including…
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WRDA 2020 Members’ Day Hearing

The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment will hold a Members’ Day Hearing to examine Members’ priorities in development of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA). The hearing, which will take place on Thursday, February 27th at 10:00 am Eastern, is an opportunity for all Members of the House of Representatives to highlight…
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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

IRPT Legislative Caucus Initiatives