The National Corn Growers Association is urging President Bush to sign the Water Resources Development Act, noting the overwhelming support from the Senate and the House of Representatives. WRDA would include the construction of seven locks on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

Ron Litterer, NCGA president, addressed the importance of WRDA while on Capitol Hill for the farm bill markup.  “Our hope is that the president will see the importance of lock modernization on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers,” says Litterer.  “Our goal is to make the entire system more efficient and improve our ability to market grain and grain byproducts globally.”

The administration has signaled that the president will veto the bill. The president will have 10 days, excluding Sunday, to sign the bill into law, veto it, or let it become law without his signature.  If the president vetoes the legislation, there is strong congressional support in both the House and Senate to override the action. 

Source: National Corn Growers Association