Earlier today, Wisconsin's First District Congressman Paul Ryan joined a bipartisan majority in approving S. 1134, the St. Croix River Crossing Project Authorization Act. This legislation, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 339-80, allows Wisconsin and Minnesota to proceed with the construction of a new bridge over the St. Croix River and addresses a major regional transportation priority.
Following the passage of S. 1134, Congressman Ryan offered the following statement: "I was grateful to join members of the Wisconsin Congressional delegation in supporting S. 1134, which authorizes Wisconsin and Minnesota to make a much needed upgrade to their transportation systems. This project is supported by both states' Governors and Senators and funds have already been set aside for the bridge's construction. States should have the ability to decide how their transportation dollars are spent and Congress was right to prevent this project from being delayed further due to unnecessary litigation and an expansive reading of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act."