Dear Congress: We Matter Too

November 19, 2019

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

November 19, 2019

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

November 10, 2019

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:

June 14, 2019

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 https://transportation.house.gov/ Members,…

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From the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:

June 14, 2019

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

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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May 17, 2019: Legislative Updates

May 17, 2019

May 17, 2019: Legislative Updates From the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation: During Executive Session on May15: The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, passed S. 1439, Maritime Administration Authorization and Enhancement Act for Fiscal Year 2020, Sponsored by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). The bill reauthorizes activities of the Maritime Administration including (but…

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May 13, 2019: Legislative Updates

May 13, 2019

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 an executive session on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Dirksen Senate Office Building G50 to consider legislative measures, including (but not limited to): S. ____, Maritime Administration…

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Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Federal Maritime Agencies

April 10, 2019

If you missed the below Subcommittee hearing on 04/08/2019 regarding Federal Maritime Agencies, you can access a recording of the hearing here: https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2019/4/federal-maritime-agencies-ensuring-a-safe-secure-and-competitive-future Additionally, you can view individual testimonies in pdf format here: The Honorable Mark H. Buzby, Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation Admiral Karl L. Schultz, United States Coast Guard The Honorable Michael…

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NWC News Alert: Hearings This Week

April 10, 2019

From our friends at National Waterways Conference News Alert – Hearings This Week April 8, 2019 House T&I Water Resources Subcommittee to Focus on HMTF and inland waterways needs The House Transportation and Infrastructure Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee will hear from industry witnesses on Wednesday morning to discuss “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Full…

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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