Soy Transportation Coalition officials are hoping House Senate conferees will get going on putting together water development legislation. Most of the differences between the two chambers are small and could be worked out if they can get it to conference. Coalition Executive Director Mike Steenhoek says the hard part will be to hold back spending cuts being advocated by lawmakers who want to raise the debt limit and fund the government.
Steenhoek says their two priorities in the water development legislation is for dredging of ports and maintenance of locks and dams. He would like to see part of the tax on inland waterways used for its intended purpose. That includes $ 1.8 billion a year.
Steenhoek says in addition his group would like to see another $ 200 million spent on inland waterways for lock and dam maintenance