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McCaskill Joins Bipartisan Mississippi River Caucus

Senator continues commitment to protect Missouri’s waterways, regional economy

February 20, 2013

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill officially signed onto the Mississippi River Caucus, joining colleagues Tom Harkin of Iowa and fellow Missouri Senator Roy Blunt. Building on principles of McCaskill's Missouri River Working Group, the mission of the Mississippi River Caucus will be to amplify congressional efforts in addressing flood mitigation, encourage commerce along the river, and provide an open forum to address the needs of river communities.

"Given the challenges we've experienced recently with extreme weather conditions and commercial navigation of the Mississippi, we need to be more active in making sure the needs of the region are being addressed. I co-founded the bipartisan Missouri River Working Group, and this caucus is building on that same mission-jobs, commerce, and quality of life for Missourians along the river. "

Making Missouri's waterways a priority, McCaskill led a successful bipartisan effort calling for the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the removal of rock formations along the Mississippi River, ensuring continued commercial navigation despite low water levels.

In Spring 2011, in the wake of historic rainfall and flooding, McCaskill co-founded the bipartisan Missouri River Working Group in order to address the flooding around the river basin. The Working Group sent letters to the GAO and the Army Corps of Engineers calling on the Corps to apply lessons learned to their operating plan in order to improve efficiency and better prepare for extreme weather scenarios in the future.

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