03/01
2012

Statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives passing the bridge legislation

Today’s action by the United States House of Representatives is a huge victory for Minnesota and Wisconsin.  This vote is the national recognition of decades of meetings, planning sessions, and compromise to find the right solution that benefits the entire region.  Today’s vote assures that the St. Croix River Crossing will move forward.

We are fortunate to see our region’s elected officials working together across party lines to fight for the needs of their constituents.  We are especially thankful to Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Representatives Michele Bachmann, Ron Kind, and Sean Duffy for their hard work on behalf of the St. Croix River Valley.  Governors Mark Dayton and Scott Walker have our deepest appreciation for their direct involvement with Congressional leaders.

People in the St. Croix River Valley overwhelmingly support this project, and that support has become even more apparent in the last few days as people across the region called and e-mailed their representatives to urge them to pass this legislation.  The people have been heard by Congress.

We are excited and energized by today’s vote, but we won’t stop working until construction workers start building.

From Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki and John Soderberg,
Co-chairs of the Coalition for the St. Croix River Crossing

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