U.S. House Passes Bill To Allow Delta Queen To Return To The Waterways

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow the Delta Queen riverboat to again ply the nation's waterways.

The bill still has to gain the approval of the Senate and get the signature of President Obama.

The Delta Queen is a "floating hotel" based at Chattanooga's Coolidge Park.

The administration of Mayor Andy Berke recently directed that the riverboat find another home, but later announced a six-month agreement for the Delta Queen to stay in place.

A group from Cincinnati has been working to raise some $4 million to again get the Delta Queen ready for renewed river cruises. That group wants to make Cincinnati its home base.

There are some advocates for keeping the Delta Queen at Chattanooga as a home base when it is not away on trips - if the bill is finally approved.

The vote on H.R. 1961 was 280 to 89.

The bill gives a 15-year exemption from a fire-retardant materials construction requirement.

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