U.S. Senator from Illinois announces private gathering with other lawmakers and business leaders on low Mississippi river levels.
A U.S. senator from Illinois says severe weather events are becoming more frequent, and Congress needs to consider how it plans to pay for disasters.
“If we recognize there’s a drought across the entire Midwest, that means they don’t necessarily have the water to release to support the Mississippi River.”
Low water on the river between East St. Louis and Cairo may limit barge traffic, affecting the transportation of grain and coal.
Durbin says while it’s a tragedy for the family of the ex-CIA Director, question must be asked.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says that he knows the president is eager to get back home for the night’s events.
Durbin believes there can be progress made on issues such as the Farm Bill and immigration reform.
Federal lawmakers from several states along the Mississippi River are pressing to modernize the waterway’s locks-and-dams system, which they say desperately needs repair.
“Liberal Democrats from the city and suburbs … don’t like our reforms in the food and nutrition portion,” says Shimkus.
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