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NewsTribune: Kinzinger effort helps La Salle's I&M canal boat

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LASALLE, IL, December 3, 2018 | comments
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill., District 16) joined colleagues in passing the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2019, by voice vote in the House.
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This week, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill., District 16) joined colleagues in passing the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2019, by voice vote in the House.

The legislation also helped to exempt the canal boat replica at Illinois and Michigan Canal Lock 14 in La Salle from “burdensome” regulations.

The legislation is designed to reauthorize and strengthens the U.S. Coast Guard, empower these men and women of the Coast Guard to carry out their critical missions, and resolves issues between federal agencies regarding regulations to protect marine resources, according to Kinzinger’s office.

The bill also contains provisions Kinzinger has been seeking on behalf of his constituents and the Canal Corridor Association since 2011, such as ensuring small boats such as The Volunteer are exempt “from the overly burdensome regulations that apply to larger commercial boats.”

“The U.S. Coast Guard is our first line of defense, always ready to serve and protect our homeland,” Kinzinger said. “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 ... 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 it’s facing. This exemption for smaller boats like ‘The Volunteer’ of La Salle was hard-fought and took years to get passed by Congress. … I’m thankful to Chairman Shuster, the bill’s namesake Congressman Frank LoBiondo, and our House leadership for their support.”

Dennis Bieschke, board Chairman of the Canal Corridor Association, stated:

“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.”


The original article can be found on the LaSalle News Tribune website here.
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