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September 14th, 2011

Iowa Congressman Latham Named To Missouri River Congressional Working Group

Latham: “The people deserve a voice in this process as we begin to look towards a new management plan”

WASHINGTON, DC – Iowa Congressman Tom Latham announced today that he has been named to a seven-state congressional working group aimed at giving the citizens of those states a voice when it comes to management of the Missouri River.

“The flooding, and resulting damage, along the Missouri River in the Midwest has been historic in its scope, duration and devastation,” said Latham. “For far too long the management of the river by the federal government and its agencies have superseded the needs, lives, livelihoods and real effects of that management plan in communities and states along the river. The people deserve a voice in this process as we begin to look towards a new management plan and this group will serve as an important resource to make their voices heard loud and clear.”

Latham, who serves as the Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Transportation/HUD Subcommittee which determines annual funding for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers – the agency that oversees the management plan of the Missouri Rover, will join a bipartisan group of fifteen members of Congress representing six states – Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. The panel formed by U.S. Representative Kristi Noem of South Dakota includes Latham (R-IA), Noem (R-SD), Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND), Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO), Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), Rep. Vicki Hartzler (R-MO), Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Rep. Billy Long (R-MO), Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT), Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) and Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS).

Latham noted that his key interest in working with the panel will be to carry Iowan’s thoughts and concerns directly to the table of discussions to make sure that any new plan focuses on flood prevention in lower basin communities.

“Western Iowans have seen first-hand the need for a pursing a new common-sense management plan for the Missouri River. It’s my hope that this group of members can work to find long term solutions that protect the communities, lives and livelihoods along the Missouri. What we must not tolerate is foot dragging by federal agencies that will cause a repeat of this year’s tragedies, or worse, in future years.”

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