WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Committee will consider Rep. Michele Bachmann’s bill to construct a new bridge over the St. Croix River, a long-planned but much-delayed project that has bipartisan support at both the state and federal level.
A House subcommittee held an informational hearing on the legislation in May; a Senate subcommittee did the same for that chamber’s version of the bill (introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar) in July. This will be the first time lawmakers have voted on the bill, and if it passes, it could go to the House floor. It is one of 21 bills on the committee’s agenda this week.
The bill authorizes construction of a $700 million replacement bridge spanning the St. Croix River between Stillwater and Wisconsin. The states have already secured federal funding for the project, but Congress must grant an exemption to federal law before construction can go forward. Funding expires in 2014, and the bridge is expected to take three years to complete.
Sen. Al Franken (D) and Govs. Mark Dayton (DFL) and Scott Walker (R) have all backed the bridge project.
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