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Inland Waterways

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Congressional delegations to urge the introduction of a new standalone discretionary program dedicated to inland ports and terminal projects.

However, this is an opportunity for all members of the inland waterways industry to call the attention of our lawmakers to this need.

We know that every elected rep- resentative values knowing what is important to his or her constituents.

Grant amounts might be “small” in the context of an appropriations bill, but for an elected representa- tive there is no vote that is too small.

Many members of Congress provide for their constituents to communicate with them on their of? cial websites, by email, or on social media. If those whom we elect do not hear from us about this need, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

James A. Kearns has represented own- ers, operators, ? nancial institutions and end users for more than 30 years in the purchase, construction and ? - nancing of vessels engaged in both for- eign and coastwise trades of the United

States. Kearns has earned an LL.M. (in Taxation) from New York Univer- sity, J.D. cum laude from the Univer- sity of Notre Dame, and a B.S.E.E., summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame.

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