The following is the text of a news release from the Waterways Council Inc. (WCI):
(WASHINGTON) — The Waterways Council Inc. issued a statement about President Trump’s visit Wednesday to Cincinnati as part of a series of events this week designed to highlight a key feature of his legislative agenda on infrastructure:
WCI applauds President Trump’s visit to the heartland and for his speech today that will surely bring heightened attention to the investment needs of the inland waterways system. Our country has not seen this kind of leadership on infrastructure since President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1930s New Deal to build our locks and dams, or since the 1950s by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to construct the national defense and Interstate Highway System. Today, presidential leadership was demonstrated once again by emphasizing the importance of the inland waterways transportation system and this critical national infrastructure with the backdrop of the river itself. As President Trump said, the nation will rebuild rivers, along with roadways, runways and railways.
We applaud the president for committing his vast building experience to modernizing the inland waterways, and establishing a goal of completing projects on time, on budget, and removing regulatory impediments.
We stand ready and committed, and look forward, to working with the administration to craft proposals that work equitably for the inland waterways, a critical part of the transportation supply chain and conduit to American exports.