On Thursday, the Senate joined the House in overriding President Bush's veto of the Water Resources Development by a vote of 79-14.
"When it comes to this issue, nothing has been easy," says National Corn Growers Association President Ron Litterer. "After almost two decades of work by corn growers, millions of dollars spent on studies, seven years of waiting on the legislative process, a presidential veto and then a veto override by the U.S. Congress, we finally have achieved authorization to modernize seven locks on the Upper Mississippi River System."
NCGA thanks the members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for their commitment to this issue, and also extend a special thanks to Senator Kit Bond, R-Mo., who has been a longtime vocal supporter of lock modernization.
"This is a great day for the future of flood protection, super-efficient port and river transportation, and environmental restoration," said Sen. Bond. "This success would not have been possible without the broad-based coalition of industry, labor and agriculture led by the corn growers who had the vision and patience to achieve victory."