Today, Congressman John D. Dingell (MI-12) released the statement below following the U.S. Department of State's issuance of a Presidential Permit to the State of Michigan for the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the New International Trade Crossing, a bridge linking Detroit, Michigan, to Windsor, Canada.
"This is welcomed news, and brings us one substantial step closer to making what once was a dream into a reality. I'm proud to have worked tirelessly on this issue for some years now, to ensure not only that this bridge had the opportunity to be built, but to ensure that the process was open and transparent and followed the rule of law. I thank the Department of State for ensuring that the permit application and comments from the public, stakeholders, and government were fully and carefully considered, and for their issuance today of this important permit. This bridge will be of an enormous help to the State of Michigan and the industries that call it home--including our valuable automotive sector--and I am especially proud of all this will mean for residents of Michigan's 12th Congressional District. It will allow for more efficient international transfer of our goods and services, and is sure to increase exports from our home state. More importantly, this project will create 10,000 construction jobs in Michigan, and will encourage the creation of permanent jobs that new business will bring.
"Moving forward, I will continue to work with all parties involved to ensure that this project complies with the law and is fair to all persons and parties involved. Together, we will take all necessary and proper measures to respect the process and guarantee that careful consideration is taken at every step of the way. Today, I urge the U.S. Coast Guard to swiftly consider the state's pending permit to allow this project to move forward, bringing exciting new opportunity and new possibilities for all Michigan residents."