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Water Resources Development Act of 2013

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mrs. KLOBUCHAR. I am also pleased to hear this discussion to clarify how the additional funding for the Great Lakes is to be interpreted and applied. I want to ensure the entire Great Lakes system functions effectively, and that means properly dredging the harbors in Minnesota so ships carrying iron ore, coal, limestone, and other commodities can fully load their vessels. It is critical that high-use ports like Duluth and Two Harbors in Minnesota get dredged, but for ships to carry goods at full capacity, it is also vital that their trading partners throughout the Great Lakes system are fully dredged. This agreement will go a long way toward increasing the efficiency of shipping across the Great

Lakes system, which will strengthen the economic standing of our agriculture, mining, manufacturing and other industries on which the Great Lakes region depends. I would like to thank Chairman Boxer and Senator Vitter, for their work to address our concerns, and I would especially like to acknowledge the leadership of Senator Levin on this issue and Great Lakes matters across the board.

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