Congresswoman Bustos Helps Lead the Effort to Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen our Inland Waterways

An Amendment Bustos Introduced and Included was originally sponsored by the late Congressman Lane Evans to protect Inland Waterway Workers

WASHINGTON– Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voted to pass the final version of the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018. This final version of the WRDA bill is responsible for authorizing the Army Corps of Engineers water resources projects, which includes work on Illinois’ locks and dams, in addition to authorizing investments in updating aging drinking water infrastructure. The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by voice vote and is expected to pass in the Senate soon before being signed into law.

This final compromise legislation included an amendment that was originally introduced by the late Congressman Lane Evans, whose seat Bustos currently represents. Back in May, Bustos introduced this legislation, the bipartisan Navigation Workers Protection Act. Later in the month, Bustos testified before the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee about the importance of this including her bill as an amendment to the final WRDA bill and it was added. Once signed into law, this common-sense measure will ensure that the operation, maintenance and repair of federally-owned locks and dams continues to be performed by skilled federal employees – protecting the jobs of these hardworking men and women while ensuring that we only have trained operators working on our locks and dams.

“Congressman Lane Evans dedicated his life to strengthening hardworking families across the Midwest and I’m proud to help move one of his last unfinished bills closer to becoming law,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Our inland waterways are responsible for moving more than 600 million tons of goods each year and we need to make sure the people responsible for keeping them running have the skills necessary to get the job done. I’m proud to have worked across the aisle to include an amendment that will help ensure we have high functioning locks and dams that allow those high quality American products to move to market.”