NWC News Alert: Hearings This Week

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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Action Needed: Inland Port and Terminal Grant Program

Action Needed: Inland Port and Terminal Grant Program   I would like to share with you some disturbing news I learned out of Washington – and then let you know my plan of attack, and request your help. In the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 (budget that ended the government shutdown) signed on February 14th,…
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National Waterways Conference News Alert

News Alert January 21, 2019 In this issue House T&I Committee assignments WRDA 18 Implementation Legislative Summit registration reminder House T&I Committee Assignments Incoming Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the selection of Democratic Members to serve on the Committee in the 116th Congress. Selections were made by…
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Senate Bill to Equal Competition for Grant Funding

Senate Bill to Equal Competition for Grant Funding U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) has introduced a bill (S.3587) to improve the nation’s freight systems by making key investments in ports, railways and intermodal hubs by changing the funding arrangements in the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program, which was created as part of Fixing…
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Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA 2018)

Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA 2018) The House version of WRDA 2018, H.R. 8 authorizes Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) civil works activities and builds on previous reform efforts to ensure improvements are made to the Nation’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration, and other water resources infrastructure. This bill…
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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