Kinzinger Helps Secure Big Win for the Illinois Canal Corridor
Earlier this week, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) joined his colleagues in passing S. 140, the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2019, by voice vote in the House.
Washington, DC – Earlier this week, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) joined his colleagues in passing S. 140, the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2019, by voice vote in the House. This bicameral, bipartisan legislation reauthorizes and strengthens the U.S. Coast Guard, empowers these men and women to carry out their critical missions, and resolves issues between federal agencies regarding regulations to protect marine resources. The bill also contains provisions Congressman Kinzinger has been seeking on behalf of his constituents and the Canal Corridor Association since 2011, such as ensuring small boats like The Volunteer are exempt from the overly burdensome regulations that apply to larger commercial boats.
In applauding passage of S. 140 this week, Congressman Kinzinger released the following statement:
“The U.S. Coast Guard is our first line of defense, always ready to serve and protect our homeland. This reauthorization bill is critical for our men and women at sea; it bolsters their resources, makes critical investments, and ensures they have the authorities they need to do their jobs. Our work to pass this bill with bipartisan support shows our commitment to the Coast Guard and their mission.
“I was proud to join my colleagues in supporting its passage, and pleased to see the final legislation included my provision to exempt an iconic 19th Century canal boat in my district from some of the overly burdensome regulations its facing. This exemption for smaller boats like ‘The Volunteer’ of LaSalle was hard-fought and took years to get passed by Congress. It’s a big win for my constituents, our Illinois and Michigan Canal tourism, and the Canal Corridor Association. I’m thankful to Chairman Shuster, the bill’s namesake Congressman Frank LoBiondo, and our House leadership for their support on this measure, and I look forward to President Trump signing this legislation into law soon.”
Dennis Bieschke, Board Chairman of the Canal Corridor Association, applauded Congressman Kinzinger’s dedication to securing these critical provisions with the statement below:
“On behalf of the Canal Corridor Association’s work in the nation’s first national heritage area – the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area, I extend my sincere thanks to Congressman Kinzinger. He heard our concerns back in 2011, and despite some challenges, he championed the cause and never retreated. Once enacted, we will educate more school kids, residents, and tourists about our nationally important place by riding The Volunteer. We remain committed to our mission of preserving history, protecting nature, and providing access to historical destinations at which people can both learn and have fun.”
For more information on the S. 140 legislation, please visit the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee website here.
For more about the Canal Corridor Association of LaSalle, Illinois, please visit their website here.