U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will receive the 17th Annual Waterways Council, Inc. Leadership Service Award on Wednesday evening, February 14, 2018 at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.
“Waterways Council is so fortunate to have the opportunity to honor Senator McConnell, a great waterways advocate and to thank him publicly for his commitment to America’s critical waterways infrastructure, to jobs, and to competitive access,” said Michael J. Toohey
, President/CEO of Waterways Council, Inc. “WCI’s Leadership Service Award has long recognized ardent American champions
of our country’s critically important waterways transportation and port system. Senator McConnell stands among them this year.”
As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator McConnell secured funding in the FY2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill for Kentucky priorities, including $225 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Olmsted Locks and Dam project and funding for other important infrastructure projects that help Kentucky’s inland waterways workers move agriculture and coal products more efficiently to market. A long-time champion of America’s inland waterways, he is also a strong supporter of Kentucky Lock
Senator McConnell was elected to the Senate in 1984 and is Kentucky’s longest-serving Senator, elected in 2014 to a record sixth term.
Senator McConnell was elected unanimously as Senate Majority Leader by his Republican colleagues, first in 2014 and again in 2016. He is the second Kentuckian to ever serve as Majority Leader in the U.S. Senate.