Congressman-elect Chip Cravaack Tuesday repeated his stance that major federal projects in the Duluth area have to be evaluated as to whether they’re “a need or a want, and can we afford it?” says the Duluth News Tribune.
Republican Cravaack, who defeated longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar in the 8th District, talked with reporters Tuesday alongside newly elected U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, a Republican who represents the Superior, Wis., area.
Duffy’s been a big earmark opponent, while Cravaack has sounded more pragmatic: “The message I took away [from a Republican lawmakers conference] regarding earmarks (is) we have to separate what’s needed versus what’s wanted.”
Cravaack said he met with Duluth Mayor Don Ness Tuesday to discuss pending federal projects in Duluth, such as the Northern Lights Express high-speed railroad and a hiking/biking link between the Munger Trail and Duluth’s Lakewalk.
His stance, he said, remains: “Is it a need or a want, and can we afford it? That truly is the bottom line. … Mayor Ness understands that as well.”