AWO, WCI take industry concerns to Capitol Hill

(WASHINGTON) — The American Waterways Operators (AWO) teamed up with the Waterways Council Inc. (WCI) on Capitol Hill last week to support the 2024 WCI Fly-In.

AWO President and CEO Jennifer Carpenter and Vice President of Legislative Affairs Craig Montesano led teams that met with House and Senate staff to advance industry requests for the Water Resources Development Act and the fiscal year 2024 and fiscal year 2025 annual appropriations process. They also discussed the importance of maintaining 100 percent federal funding for the inland waterways projects included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Team members highlighted the importance of enacting an energy and water appropriations bill for the current fiscal year and continuing that process through FY25 to prevent cost increases from impacting completion of critical U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects.

Combined efforts like this enhance the industry’s visibility on Capitol Hill and keep its policy priorities high on the to-do lists of lawmakers. For more information, contact Craig Montesano at or (703) 841-9300, Ext. 297.

– American Waterways Operators

By Professional Mariner Staff