The Navigation Workers Protection Act would ensure that the operation, maintenance and repair of locks and dams continue to be performed by federal employees.
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee completed its markup of the Water Resources Development Act of 2018. During the markup, Congresswoman Bustos successfully added an amendment to include the Navigation Workers Protection Act in the bill. Congresswoman Bustos introduced the Navigation Workers Protection Act to ensure that the operations, maintenance and repair of locks and dams owned and operated by the Army Corps of Engineers is considered inherently governmental. Civilian employees of the Army Corps of Engineers perform these functions and are critical to ensuring that traffic on inland waterways moves fairly and as efficiently as possible.
“Our locks and dams are essential to getting American goods to market and remaining competitive worldwide,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “Our inland waterways system moves more than 600 million tons of cargo each year, and that system depends on more than just physical infrastructure. It also requires skilled workers who can operate, maintain and repair our locks and dams. I’m proud to have worked across the aisle to include this language in this year’s Water Resources Development Act to help ensure that our river system runs fairly and efficiently.”