House Appropriations bill signals support for the Soo Locks

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WASHINGTON (WLUC) - A House panel could approve spending toward a new Soo Lock next week, Rep. Jack Bergman says.

The Republican congressman announced Friday that the House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation that includes $75.3 million for construction of a new Lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

“This funding is a monumental next step for the construction of a new Soo Lock," said Bergman in a press release. "The $75.3 million meets the request of President Trump and would continue the progress made over the past two years to build the new Lock. This signals to the entire House of Representatives just how important the Soo Locks project is not only for Michigan’s First District but also our entire nation.

Bergman wrote a letter earlier this year with 31 of his colleagues to the House Appropriations Committee urging for the $75.3 million budget request to be included in the FY20 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill.

Bergman says the House Appropriations Committee is expected to consider this legislation as early as next week. If approved, it could then move to the full House of Representatives for a floor vote.

The $75.3 million is just a fraction of the nearly $1 billion needed for a new lock, but this spending would allow the project to stay on track and be finished within 7 to 10 years of the start date.

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