U.S. Rep. Ron Kind together with the House and Senate members of both the Wisconsin and Minnesota delegations today met with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar on Capitol Hill to show bipartisan, bicameral support; request the support of the Administration; and discuss the future of the long-overdue St. Croix River Crossing Project.
"There is clearly widespread agreement that a new bridge needs to be built," said Rep. Kind. "I am pleased that both Secretary LaHood and Secretary Salazar see the urgency of the situation and understand that building this bridge helps meet the transportation needs of the community. Along with the bipartisan support of both Governors as well as my colleagues in Congress, this meeting adds momentum to getting this project across the finish line."
Those in attendance today include: Sens. Klobuchar, Franken and Johnson, Reps. Duffy, Bachmann (by phone), McCollum, Petri, Kind, Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb, Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Menendez.