House members ask for Stillwater bridge vote

WASHINGTON – Congress has more or less gone home for the year without acting on bills to authorize a replacement for the Stillwater lift bridge. Now, a bipartisan group of House members from Minnesota and Wisconsin is calling on that chamber’s leadership to bring the House bill up for a vote as soon as possible.

“Congress must act soon to ensure that the state funding is not reallocated to other projects,” said a letter to Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings signed by Minnesota Reps. Michele Bachmann, Chip Cravaack and Tim Walz, and Wisconsin Reps. Tammy Baldwin, Sean Duffy, Ron Kind, Thomas Petri and Reid Ribble.

As reported by MPR News last week, efforts to attach the St. Croix River bridge bills to must-pass legislation weren’t successful. But bridge supporters including DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Bachmann, a Republican, continue to sound an optimistic note that their legislation can pass next year before the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation have to reallocate their funding to other projects.

  • Mark D

    Another JOBS Bill that “Betty McCollum” and her equivalent Environmentalist comrades are blocking!

    McCollum will take our tax dollars and Subsidize Bad Decisions (Fannie & Fredie), but when it comes to Blue Collar Jobs she could careless… A Vote for Betty McCollum is a Vote for Poverty!!

  • Spencer

    Mark, its not a “JOBS bill,” its a BRIDGE bill, and a wasteful one at that. $650 million for a few hundred temporary construction jobs is a horrible return on investment. Don’t drink the politicians’ cool-aid about “creating jobs” when all they are doing us pouring money down the toilet. Wasting millions on oversized boondoggle projects like this is what’s impoverishing our country.

  • Spencer A

    Mark, its not a “JOBS bill,” its a BRIDGE bill, and a wasteful one at that. $650 million for a few hundred temporary construction jobs is a horrible return on investment. Don’t drink the politicians’ cool-aid about “creating jobs” when all they are doing is pouring money down the toilet. Wasting millions on oversized boondoggle projects like this is what’s impoverishing our country.

  • Bill N

    The ‘construction jobs’ promoted by big-bridge supporters are years away (at the earliest)! If a more cost-effective bridge were built, the cost savings could be put on the street in 2012. That way construction workers from Minnesota could get to work repairing the 1,000+ structurally deficient bridges throughout MN.

    Don’t be fooled into thinking that it is the Big Bridge or No Bridge. State political leaders and State Agencies have choices.

    They can do better than this! Taxpayers deserve better.

  • Mark D

    Dear Bill N, In all do respect on your view point: The fact is,, this is a Stall Tactic that has been on the play books of the extreme Environmentalist for the past 2 years. When a bill is finally ready for a funding vote they start funding a political objection by filling the re-election coffers of weak-kneed politicoes of both parties that care about only them selves!

    Where was Betty & Gang with a proposal for a smaller bridge 2 years ago when the plan for this bridge was in the works?

    This bridge is Not just about Jobs, Its also about Public Safety.. Thousands of people use that old Stillwater Bridge everyday and put their lives at risk to do so,, Do we have to wait for the bridge to fall in the river before Betty McCollum gives a Rats @$$?

    I am sure Betty McCollum would have No objection on funding a Billion dollar Flower Pot Memorial……

  • John S

    Or better yet, Betty M and her cohorts will try to use the money to subsidize/recruit more immigrants to come to the Twin Cities. Not that immigrants are necessarily bad, but the Twin Cities has a more immigrants of several nationalities than any where else in the US. Who do you think pays for the services to support that?