Members of the Illinois congressional delegation wants to give the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers greater power to respond quickly when Mississippi River barge traffic is at risk of stopping.
The recent low-water crisis on the Mississippii River did expose some legislative holes in the Corps' authority. But what's needed more than additional power is a change of attitude.
The Corps has been slow to act in practically ever situation. Look at its plodding pace in approving the "urgent" upgrades to the metro-east levies, for instance.
Reps. Bill Enyart and Rodney Davis have introduced the Mississippi River Navigation Sustainment Act; Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk have a companion bill
Too bad they can't legislate responsiveness or a sense of urgency at the Corps. Now that would be helpful.