AG POLICY NEWS
River Flow Woes
Katie Micik DTN Markets Editor
Tue Dec 4, 2012 01:47 PM CST

OMAHA (DTN) -- The legislative delegations from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Kansas sent a joint letter to President Barack Obama on Friday, urging him to refrain from declaring an emergency on the Mississippi River due to economic losses from reduced barge traffic.

The letter also suggests the president doesn't have the authority to make such a declaration, arguing that the laws governing such decisions lets the president declare emergencies to save lives and property in the face of a natural disaster, but not to provide economic assistance.

"Seeking to utilize significant water resources on the Missouri River for ...

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