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.