A new, bi-partisan caucus has been launched to identify and deal with issues that affect those who live, work and play along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville has formed the Mississippi River Valley and Tributaries Caucus. It is made up of four co-chairs, equally split between Republicans and Democrats.
Davis says issues that affect the river often impact the entire length of the waterway. As an expample, he notes the plight of the coal miner: he says since Illinois coal cannot be burned in Illinois, it must be shipped overseas. Therefore when the water is low, coal mining jobs can dwindle.
More than half the goods and services that are consumed by Americans are produced or supplied by water that flows through the Mississippi River and its tributaries.