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Sen. Joni Ernst's disapproval resolution passes

Missouri River Energy Services recognizes Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) for introducing a joint resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers which expands federal authority over land and waterways under the federal Clean Water Act, also known as the “WOTUS” rule. The disapproval resolution was brought under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress 60 days to disapprove of and nullify a federal rule.  

Sen. Ernst has repeatedly spoken of the adverse impact the WOTUS rule would have on Iowa farmers and small businesses. On November 3, the disapproval resolution passed the Senate on a vote of 53 to 44. The disapproval resolution will now be heard in the House, where it is also likely to pass. While it is likely that the President will veto the disapproval resolution, Sen. Ernst’s efforts have shed light on the impact of the rule to Iowa farmers, small businesses and on municipal utilities.    


Sen. John Thune recognized for leadership in passage of STB Reauthorization Act of 2015

Sen. John Thune

Missouri River Energy Services is pleased to recognize Sen. John Thune (R-SD) for leading the effort to get the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 808) passed by the Senate on June 18 by unanimous consent.

The bill was introduced in March by Sen. Thune, chairman of the Commerce Committee, along with Ranking Member Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

S. 808 would expand the membership of the STB to five members from its current three-person structure and provide needed improvements in federal oversight of freight railroads.

“Sen. Thune has worked hard on getting a balanced bill that provides greater protection for rail shippers including electric utilities that ship coal to generate electricity for their customers while at the same time recognizing we need railroads to be financially healthy as they invest in their systems to continue to provide service,” said MRES Chief Executive Officer Tom Heller.

MRES sincerely thanks Sen. Thune for his continued efforts to pass needed legislation for reauthorization of the STB and for his ongoing concern for captive shippers.



2015 Notable Lawmakers

Sen. John Thune



2014 Notable Lawmakers  

Sen. John Thune

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

Minnesota State Rep. Michael Beard

Iowa State Sen. Nancy Boettger

Sen. Tim Johnson

Sen. John Thune



2013 Notable Lawmakers

Sen. John Thune

Rep. Tim Walz

Sen. John Thune

Iowa State Sens. Bolkcom and Feenstra and State Reps. Sands and Kelley

North Dakota State Sens. Klein, Murphy, and Robinson and Reps. Delzer, Monson, and Vigesaa

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Sens. Al Franken, Tim Johnson, Amy Klobuchar



2012 Notable Lawmakers    

Sen John Thune and Rep. Collin Peterson

Senator Kent Conrad

Minnesota State Rep. Morrie Lanning

Senators Amy Klobuchar and John Hoeven

Senator Tim Johnson

Iowa State Senator Steve Kettering

Congressman Tim Walz

Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar

Pierre, S.D., Mayor Laurie Gill