Last week, the Senate passed the fiscal 2017 energy, water development and related agencies funding bill by a vote of 90-8. 

The legislation funds the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It also includes $1.3 billion for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to benefit U.S. ports.

NPPC in March joined members of the Agriculture Transportation Working group on a letter to Senate appropriators, asking for continued investment in the nation’s waterway infrastructure.

The letter noted that “having access to a modern and efficient inland waterways transportation system is vital to the efficient production, marketing and shipment of agricultural products in international commerce.” The vote marks the first appropriations measure to pass the Senate this Congress.