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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House T&I: WRDA 2020 Hearing

January 3, 2020: House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee The Subcommittee of Water Resources and Environment, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing for “Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2020” on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 10:00 am Eastern. You can watch the hearing live at: The Subcommittee will receive…
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Dear Congress: We Matter Too

Dear Congress, A few words from the inland ports and terminals, and the smaller coastal ports, all of whom serve the 12,000 miles of navigable waterways of the United States. First, let us say that we are indeed grateful for all that you have done and continue to do to support our nation’s inland and…
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November 19, 2019: Washington Update

House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee: On Monday, November 18th, House lawmakers included a provision that would prevent a $7.6 billion cut to Federal highway funding, known as a rescission, in a stopgap spending bill. The House is expected to take up the bill Tuesday. On Tuesday, November 19th will hold a hearing, “Concepts for the…
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Inland Port and Terminal Grant Program

Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals, Inc. has recently proposed an inland port and terminal grant program to provide assistance for landside infrastructure investments. Highlights of the program include: • For public ports and private terminals; • For inland and smaller coastal facilities less than 8 million tons; • For landside infrastructure investments, including river, road…
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From the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee:

T&I – Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will convene a hearing on “Short Sea Shipping: Rebuilding America’s Maritime Industry” on June 19th. Witnesses: Admiral Buzby (MARAD Administrator) Larry Willis, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO Jim Weakly, Lake Carriers’ Association Jon Nass, CEO​​ of the Maine Port Authority You can watch the hearing live at Members,…
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From the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “FAST Act Reauthorization: Transportation and Safety Issues,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The hearing will examine implementation of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which expires at the end of fiscal year…
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May 24: Legislative Update

May 24, 2019: Legislative Updates From the House Appropriations Committee: Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Fiscal Year 2020 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Funding Bill (THUD) On May 23rd, The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies approved by voice vote its fiscal year 2020 bill. In total, the legislation provides $137.1 billion…
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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