Manufacturers: Ports and Waterways in Critical Need of Repair

Senate Must Swiftly Pass WRDA to Invest in Our Infrastructure and Keep Us from Falling Further Behind

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse issued the following statement urging support for the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (WRDA) under consideration in the Senate:


“Manufacturers rely on our nation’s ports and inland waterways to transport goods from finished products to the most basic inputs and commodities. By efficiently moving these products, manufacturers can better compete in the global marketplace. However, many aging locks and the inland waterways system have outlived their intended lifespan and are now causing system disruptions and inefficiencies—driving up transportation costs and hurting our competitiveness.


We must continue to do more to invest in America’s aging infrastructure, and Congress can start making improvements now on our ports and waterways by passing WRDA. This bill ensures continued investment in our waterways and corrects the chronic underfunding of harbor maintenance dredging by increasing authorized funding from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.


Without investment in our transportation infrastructure and waterways, we will continue to fall further behind other nations. Manufacturers cannot continue to be faced with an average of 52 service disruptions per day throughout the inland waterways system, which annually moves approximately $78 billion in commodities and products. We need action now from the Senate, and we urge the House to quickly move on a WRDA bill to help manufacturers grow, create jobs and compete."


Please click here to read the NAM’s Key Vote letter on WRDA.

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