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St. Croix River Bridge Project

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

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Mr. President, I rise today to recognize the remarkable commitment of a key group of Senate staffers, who worked tirelessly over the last several months to ensure the passage of a critical bill for advancing the bipartisan St. Croix River Bridge Project. By replacing the outdated, 80-year-old Stillwater Lift Bridge with a bridge that adequately meets the needs of local businesses and families, this bill will promote public safety and economic development in communities throughout the St. Croix River Valley.

Passing the bill was truly a team effort, requiring all hands on deck from lawmakers at the State, local and Federal level. We could not have done it without the leadership of my co-sponsors in the Senate--Al Franken, Ron Johnson and Herb Kohl--or our colleagues in the House from both Minnesota and Wisconsin. But most importantly, we could not have reached this important milestone without the talent and tenacity of the hard working people ``behind the scenes.''

This includes the staff of the Environment and Public Works and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committees as well as the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Interior, who worked closely with my office. And it includes all of the hard-working members of my staff who logged countless long hours to ensure we had a bill that was strong, effective and bipartisan. Their hard work made all the difference.

I am especially grateful to my Deputy-Legislative Director Travis Talvitie, who played an indispensible role every step of the way. Travis came into this process with a deep understanding of infrastructure policy, which he immediately put to work on this bill. When he wasn't meeting with community leaders from Stillwater and the St. Croix River Valley, he was coordinating with Federal agencies, and has become an expert on the important Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Thanks to the efforts of all involved, I am hopeful that Minnesota and Wisconsin will soon have a bridge that not only improves public safety and promotes economic growth, but preserves the incredible beauty of the St. Croix River.