Bicameral, bipartisan caucus will be an open forum for discussing Mississippi River Issues
WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) along with Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR), Congressman Stephen Fincher (R-TN), and Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN) announced the formation of the Mississippi River Caucus. The primary objective of the caucus is to provide a bicameral and bipartisan open forum for the various issues that affect the entire reach of the Mississippi River.
The Caucus will focus on a strong sustainable economy and high quality of life for communities along the main stem of the Mississippi River. By sponsoring informational briefings for Members of Congress and collaborating on legislative goals, the Mississippi River Caucus will support commerce, flood mitigation, protection, and restoration along the Mississippi River.
Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI): “The Mississippi River plays a vital role in our economy and our quality of life not just in western Wisconsin but in all of states along its path,” said Rep. Kind, founder and Co-chair of the Upper Mississippi River Basin Congressional Task Force. “I’m proud to have worked hard on behalf of the river and the farms, businesses and communities it impacts and look forward to the bipartisan progress we will be able to make as a caucus. Ensuring the protection of the river is vital to the long-term sustainability of the entire Mississippi River Basin.”
The Mississippi River is the second longest river in the United States, stretching 2,320 miles through the heart of our nation from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River and its floodplain are rich in biodiversity, as it is home to hundreds of different species of fish, birds, mussels, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. The Mississippi River is also a thriving economic thoroughfare in the United States with billions of tons of cargo being transported up and down the river each year, including grain and other agriculture products, coal, iron, steel, and petroleum products.