Waterways Council worried by farm bill failure

Jun 25, 2013 | 04:11 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Waterways Council, Mike Toohey, waterways resource development act, Senate, House Transportation Committee, Farm Bill, drafts, Army Corps of Engineers user fees

CHICAGO — Shippers and vessel operators expect it might be fall before the U.S. House of Representatives drafts and votes on its own version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), but industry players say they’re fine with the delay as it will give them time to educate Washington on the transportation sector’s needs.

Waterways Council Inc. (WCI)—which represents various shippers; port, terminal and vessel operators; labor organizations and related groups—said it doesn’t want to rush through the House version, given last week’s failure to pass basic, long-standing funding devices like the farm bill.....

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