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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Ed Whitfield News

Michael J. Toohey

WCI Applauds Barge Diesel Fuel User Fee Increase

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) and its members and stakeholders applauded the Senate’s passage, by a vote of 76 to16, of a 9-cent increase to the barge diesel fuel user fee. The provision was a part of tax extenders legislation that was combined with the “Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE)” Act that establishes tax-favored savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The ABLE Act that included the provision to increase the user fee by 9 cents passed the House on December 3 by a vote of 404-17.

Michael J. Toohey, PresidentCEO of Waterways Council, Inc.

WCI Applauds Passage of New Barge Tax

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) and its members and stakeholders tonight applauded the Senate’s passage, by a vote of 76 to16, of a 9-cent increase to the barge diesel fuel user fee. The provision was a part of tax extenders legislation that was combined with the “Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE)” Act that establishes tax-favored savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The ABLE Act that included the provision to increase the user fee by 9 cents passed the House on December 3 by a vote of 404-17.

Tom Allegretti, AWO President & CEO

AWO Praises Final WRRDA Agreement

AWO President & CEO Tom Allegretti issued a statement on behalf of U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge operators praising House and Senate leaders for their work in forging “critically needed” waterways infrastructure legislation and urged Congress to quickly pass the Water Resources Reform and Development Act and send it to the President to be signed into law. “AWO is very pleased to see that the comprehensive legislation includes a number of important provisions of the Inland Waterways…

Michael Toohey: Photo WCI

Waterways Council Urges Support For WRRDA Bill Passage

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) says it praises the final conference agreement for the Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014, which contains four major recommendations of the Capital Development Plan (CDP), and urged passage of a final bill. WCI explain that the CDP is a comprehensive consensus package of recommendations to improve the continued vitality of the inland waterways that was developed in concert with the U.S. Olmsted Federalization: permanent cost-sharing for the remaining cost of the Olmsted project will be 85% General Fund…

House LNG Export Bill Advances

The Subcommittee on Energy and Power today approved H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, by a vote of 15 to 11. Authored by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the legislation would cut through the red tape blocking exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG). H.R. 6 grants immediate approval of complete export applications currently filed with the Department of Energy and modifies the process moving forward to ensure exports to our allies are no longer subject to unnecessary delays.

Congressman Ed Whitfield (right) with Stephen Little, President/CEO of Crounse Corporation in Paducah, Kentucky

WCI Honors Congressman Whitfield

Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) was presented Waterways Council, Inc.'s (WCI) 13th Annual Leadership Service Award for his strong and continued leadership on ports and inland waterways issues. Congressman Whitfield was presented the Leadership Service Award on February 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. Most recently, Whitfield served as a critical champion to introduce, with 31 bipartisan cosponsors, legislation, Waterways are Vital for the Economy, Energy, Efficiency, and Environment Act of 2013 (WAVE 4, H.R. 1149), in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), now in conference.

Congressman Ed Whitfield (left) U.S. Senator Bob Casey

Casey, Whitfield Granted WCI Leadership Service Awards

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) will receive the 13th Annual Waterways Council, Inc. Leadership Service Awards on Wednesday evening, February 12, 2014 at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C. Senator Casey has served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Senate since 2007. He is a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth. He also serves on the Senate Committees on Health…