U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) will receive the 13th Annual Waterways Council, Inc. Leadership Service Awards on Wednesday evening, February 12, 2014 at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Senator Casey has served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Senate since 2007. He is a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth. He also serves on the Senate Committees on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; the Special Committee on Aging, and the Joint Economic Committee.
Senator Casey is a long-time champion of America’s inland waterways, and original sponsor of the “Reinvesting in Vital Economic Rivers and Waterways Act” of 2013 (RIVER), S. 407, with six bipartisan cosponsors.
Rep. Ed Whitfield was elected to Congress in 1994 as the first Republican to represent Kentucky's First Congressional District. He serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the full House Energy and Commerce Committee. He is also a member of the Subcommittee on the Environment and Economy and the Subcommittee on Health.
An ardent supporter of the nation’s waterways, Congressman Whitfield is the original sponsor of “Waterways are Vital for the Economy, Energy, Efficiency, and Environment Act” of 2013 (WAVE 4), H.R. 1149, with 31 bipartisan cosponsors.
“Waterways Council is so fortunate to have the opportunity to honor two great waterways advocates this year and to thank them publicly for their passion and commitment to America’s critical waterways infrastructure and to jobs,” said Michael J. Toohey, President/CEO of Waterways Council, Inc. “WCI’s Leadership Service Award has long recognized great American champions of our country’s critically important waterways and port system. Senator Casey and Congressman Whitfield will stand among them this year,” he continued.