Noem Leads First Meeting of Missouri Flood Working Group


U.S. Representative Kristi Noem gathered the newly formed bipartisan Missouri River flood working group yesterday for its first meeting.  Rep. Noem, along a number of her House colleagues, met to discuss possible next steps to ensure federal agencies are responding appropriately both to the needs of their constituents and to requests from Member offices for additional information to better understand how and why this flood event occurred.

“This bipartisan group of lawmakers from upstream and downstream don’t usually agree on much when it comes to the Missouri River, but we came together today out of a desire to make sure the devastating flooding we saw this year never happens again.  Legislative proposals, additional hearing topics, and other ideas were kicked around,” said Noem.

“The group is an agreement that flood control and prevention needs to be the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ top priority.  This fact alone increases the likelihood of advancing reforms in river management,” said Noem.

The group will work together to introduce legislation and make formal requests for information in order to call attention to this flooding event and effectively make changes to how the Corps manages flood issues.  Additional meetings and legislation will be announced in the coming days and weeks.

U.S. House Missouri River Flood Working Group Members:

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO)

Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND)

Rep. Russ Carnahan D-(MO)

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO)

Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO)

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO)

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)

Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO)

Rep. Vicki Hartzler (R-MO)

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

Rep. Steve King (R-IA)

Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA)

Rep. Billy Long (R-MO)

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT)

Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE)

Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS)


Source: Office of Representative Noem