U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today made the following statement regarding the status of the Blue Water Bridge Plaza project. Miller said:
"When President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper released the Beyond the Border agreement in December 2011 to help facilitate trade along our shared border I called it "A great day for the Blue Water Bridge' because that plan called for major federal investment to help complete needed border crossing projects, including the Blue Water Bridge Plaza project. Today, a group of community leaders, interested stake holders, and representatives from my office and Senator Levin's office were informed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency that completion of the Blue Water Bridge Plaza Project would not be included in the agency's five year construction plan. It is now clear that the Obama Administration intends to break a promise made to the community of Port Huron, the state of Michigan, and our Canadian partners to move forward on this important project.
"In the coming days I intend to forcefully communicate with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and President Obama that this decision is completely unacceptable. I will also be calling upon Senators Levin and Stabenow to join me showing the Obama Administration that all of Port Huron's federal representatives support the immediate completion of this project and to pressure the Administration to put it back on the front burner where it belongs.
"The community of Port Huron has been waiting more than a decade to see this project completed. The state of Michigan has done its part and is ready to move forward. Our Canadian partners have done their part and are anxious to proceed. It is simply unconscionable that the Obama Administration would at the 11th hour once again turn their backs on this important project. That is simply unacceptable."
Link to the "Beyond the Border" plan -- See page 17