Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) released the following statement, as she introduced legislation today, co-sponsored by Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07), to approve construction of the proposed, four-lane St. Croix Bridge between Minnesota and Wisconsin:
"For decades a new river crossing has been needed, but the project continues to be stalled due to outlandish lawsuits and bureaucratic delays. Most recently, in October 2010, the National Park Service reversed their support of the project, effectively blocking all construction of the bridge. My bill references the first decision by the National Park Service that favored the bridge project and deemed it consistent with the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
"I urge my colleagues to support this bill so that the citizens of Minnesota and Wisconsin can safely cross the St. Croix River. These citizens count on their elected officials to recognize the need for infrastructure and my bill responds to their pleas for a new crossing. I look forward to the groundbreaking of the new bridge, and the jobs and positive economic impact it will bring to the region."
Congressman Duffy issued the following statement:
"This is a commonsense piece of legislation that simply clears the path for the St. Croix River Crossing Bridge to be updated in a way that will not only increase safety for commuters, but will ease traffic congestion. This is a plan that has broad support between legislators in both Minnesota and Wisconsin and is widely agreed upon as critical.
"I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation. I look forward to working with my colleagues here in the House to ensure that adequate resources are directed towards the St. Croix River Crossing Project."