Maintaining a well-functioning transportation system and securing our nation's critical infrastructure are two of the most important responsibilities of the federal government. Both are essential to our country’s economic prosperity and global competitiveness.
The Chickamauga Lock is a vital piece of infrastructure in our region, with many important businesses depending upon it. A closure of the 76-year-old structure would eliminate 318 miles of navigable waters on the Tennessee River. Over the past several years, we have made incredible strides towards funding and rebuilding.
On April 25, 2016 I joined officers from the Army Corps of Engineers to resume construction on the Chickamauga Dam’s new lock. We accomplished this restart by reforming the trust fund, increasing the fees that barge owners pay to use the lock (they voluntarily supported the increase), and ensuring through legislation that Chickamauga Lock remained a high priority for the Corps.
During my time in Congress I have helped pass fiscally responsible bills that have improved our nation’s infrastructure, reformed our surface transportation programs and refocused programs addressing national priorities. I will continue to work to make the transportation system safer and more efficient.
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