For immediate release
March 1, 2012
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Senator Harsdorf, (608) 266-7745
I am thrilled that the United States House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to approve the legislation allowing a new St. Croix River Crossing. The efforts of the broad, bipartisan work on this legislation among elected officials of the two states has been vindicated by the unanimous vote in the U.S. Senate and the 339-80 vote today in the U.S. House. I commend U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann for leading the effort, as well as both states’ U.S. Senators and members of Congress that worked to advance this bill.
If this legislation is signed into law by President Obama, Wisconsin and Minnesota can finally begin construction on this vital transportation link. The residents of our region have waited decades to see this bridge project proceed to improve the safety of motorists, relieve traffic congestion, and ensure timely delivery of emergency services. I am pleased that another step has been taken towards authorizing the St. Croix River Crossing and am hopeful that the President will approve this legislation quickly.