Congress on Track to Pass Bill

9 years 7 months 3 weeks ago July 30, 2007 Jul 30, 2007 Monday, July 30 2007 Monday, July 30, 2007 2:54:50 PM CDT in News
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A long-delayed measure to build new locks on the upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers is expected to pass Congress this week. Senate and House negotiators reached a compromise on the $20 billion Water Resources Development Act. The bill includes nearly two billion dollars for seven new locks that would be twice as long as those now on the rivers. Another $1.7 billion would target ecosystem restoration along the rivers. The full House and Senate are expected to vote on the measure before leaving for the August recess. Construction of the locks means thousands of new jobs in Missouri and Illinois. It's also a major victory for barge operators and Midwestern farmers, who want to speed the shipment of grain barges to southern ports.

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