Casey Advocates for More Diverse US Goods on PA Waterways
US Senator Bob Casey has reaffirmed his commitment to investing in Southwestern Pennsylvania’s river communities and economy, and to promoting their long-term success. Senator Casey voted for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which allocated $857 million to replace the Montgomery Locks and Dam in Beaver County, and successfully advocated for the inclusion of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers as part of the U.S. Marine Highway System, opening up new federal opportunities. His plan also includes convening relevant stakeholders to promote economic development along the Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela River Corridor; prioritizing communities dependent on coal, oil, or natural gas for new energy and manufacturing investments; and preventing decreases in lockage hours that would harm freight movement along the Allegheny River.
US Senator Reaffirms Investment in Pennsylvania’s River Communities
US Senator Bob Casey has reaffirmed his commitment to Southwestern Pennsylvania’s rivers, seeing them as vital to the region’s economy. Casey has always prioritized investments in Pennsylvania’s waterways, advocating for policies ensuring their navigability and role in the national economy.
Casey understands the need to revitalize Pennsylvania’s river infrastructure and reverse its declining usage. He supported critical legislation such as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which secured a historic $857 million investment to replace the Montgomery Locks and Dam in Beaver County. This investment promotes the movement of goods through Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Casey also successfully pushed for the inclusion of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers in the U.S. Marine Highway System. This opens new opportunities along the corridors to benefit local communities. He continues to urge more federal action to increase the demand for American-made products and incentivizing domestic steel and iron use through the Inflation Reduction Act and IIJA.
Casey’s plans involve convening stakeholders to promote waterway freight diversification and economic development along the Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela River Corridor. His goal is to make new energy and manufacturing investments beneficial to the region’s energy communities, particularly those reliant on the coal, oil, or natural gas energy sectors.
The Save the Allegheny River (STAR) Coalition is a group of stakeholders in Southwestern Pennsylvania aiming to improve and maintain the region’s waterways. The full text of a letter detailing these efforts can be found here.
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