Congressman Keith Rothfus

Representing the 12th District of Pennsylvania

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Rothfus Leads Bipartisan and Bicameral Letter Supporting Western Pennsylvania’s Locks and Dams

Apr 28, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Keith Rothfus [PA-12] wrote to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney today supporting the Upper Ohio Navigation Project and urging the Administration to allow it to go forward. The project, which Congressman Rothfus has long supported, involves the reconstruction of aging navigational locks at the Emsworth, Dashields, and Montgomery Locks and Dams in Western Pennsylvania.

Rothfus’ letter, which was also signed by Senators Capito (R-WV), Manchin (D-WV), Toomey (R-PA), and Casey (D-PA), as well as Representatives Shuster (PA-09), Doyle (PA-14), Kelly (PA-03), Murphy (PA-18), and McKinley (WV-01) stresses the importance of the Upper Ohio Navigation Project to the nation’s inland waterway system and the American economy. The letter also expresses concerns about the OMB’s request that additional economic analysis be conducted before the project could proceed, despite the fact that $17 million has already been spent over thirteen years studying the project.

“Congress has clearly expressed its support for this long-delayed project. The new Administration has an opportunity to move the Upper Ohio Navigation Project forward and bring these aging locks and dams into the 21st century,” Rothfus remarked. “Family-sustaining American jobs in manufacturing, mining, and other industries depend on our inland waterways and this project is a vital part of that system.”