Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) has joined the newly formed Mississippi River Caucus, a bipartisan group boasting members from both the U.S. House and Senate. The goal of the caucus is to work collaboratively to address important issues related to the river, including flood management and mitigation and promoting economic growth in riverside communities. The caucus was formally announced today in Washington, DC at a press conference during the 1st Annual Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative.
"I'm pleased to be a part of the Mississippi River Caucus as we work in a bipartisan manner to address the challenges facing this great national waterway," said Congressman Graves. "Missouri boasts over 1,000 miles of inland waterways and nearly 2,500 miles of levees, and the Mississippi River is a vital part of that infrastructure. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues toward enactment of a new comprehensive plan that prevents flooding while enriching the local economies and communities along the Mississippi River."
Congressman Graves is also a member of the Mississippi River and Tributaries Caucus, and was a part of the Missouri River Working Group following the devastating 2011 flood. With the addition of northeast Missouri to the Sixth District, Congressman Graves now represents communities located on both the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.