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Several Members of MO Congress Pushing for Federal Funding to be Used on the Upper Mississippi River System

FILE - In this March 25, 2014, file photo, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., left, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Hartzler, of Missouri announced Thursday, June 10, 2021, that she will run for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2022. Incumbent Republican Sen. Roy Blunt announced in March he would not seek reelection. Hartzler has been in Congress since 2011. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

(Missourinet) Several members of Missouri’s Congressional delegation are pushing for federal funding to be used on the Upper Mississippi River System. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Congressmen Billy Long, Blaine Luetkemeyer and Jason Smith have co-signed a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stressing the need to modernize the locks and dams throughout the river system. Blunt says infrastructure improvements are needed to stay competitive as a key shipping avenue.

Blunt says funding from the $2.5 billion dollar Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would be a start in solving the river system’s problems. The Upper Mississippi River System includes the Missouri and Illinois Rivers.



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