AISI Applauds House Passage of Water Infrastructure Bill

December 8, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. –   Kevin Dempsey, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), today issued the following statement on the passage today by the U.S. House of Representatives of the bicameral agreement for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020:

“Today’s bipartisan House passage of WRDA 2020 is critical for the transportation of steelmaking raw materials and finished steel products.  We applaud key provisions, for which AISI has strongly advocated, including the construction of 46 pending Army Corps of Engineers water infrastructure projects and modifying the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) project cost-share to 65 percent from the general fund of the Treasury and 35 percent from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (from the previous 50/50 split).  These provisions and others will facilitate the timely construction of important inland navigation projects that are critical to the steel industry and our customers. We urge the Senate to pass the legislation so that it can be signed into law as soon as possible.”

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