Transportation & Infrastructure

Michigan’s infrastructure – from the airports and waterways to rails and roads – fuels our economic development and is vital to our growth. Deteriorating infrastructure hinders our ability to compete in an increasingly global marketplace. We can no longer put off sound investment in this critical network, which requires leadership and investment from all levels of government.

It is well known that Michigan put the world on wheels; however, Michigan is also home to the linchpin of the North American industrial economy, the Soo Locks. An extended, unscheduled closure of this single lock would have devastating effects felt across the country. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must work with Congress and local stakeholders to build a replacement lock. I am committed to working with the Corps and my colleagues in Congress to bring this vital project to fruition.

More on Transportation & Infrastructure

July 1, 2021 Editorial
In the spirit of unity as our nation celebrates Independence Day, I wanted to share with you some of the bipartisan legislation that I have supported recently to make our community and our country a better place.
June 25, 2021 Press Release
“By updating firefighting equipment and purchasing new vehicles, residents can feel safe knowing their first responders are well equipped to help them in an emergency,” said Congressman John Moolenaar. “I have voted to support rural development programs that make investments like these in rural Michigan because they provide vital funding for important community projects.”
June 14, 2021 Press Release
"These grants will help MBS and Capital Airport serve Michigan residents and welcome visitors during the busy summer travel season in our state,” said Congressman John Moolenaar, who voted for the Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act when it passed the House of Representatives last year.
June 10, 2021 Press Release
"In a few short months, President Biden and the Democrats have already spent trillions of dollars and now the bill is coming due for Michigan residents who have to pay rising costs for groceries, gas, building materials, and other products. This is especially difficult for seniors and families. I will be working to stop President Biden's six trillion dollar budget and other partisan spending proposals from Democrats that would lead to more inflation."
May 26, 2021 Press Release
"With Democrats in Washington spending trillions of dollars, inflation is a growing problem and prices are rising. This weekend, inflation will force Michigan residents to pay more for gas and groceries when they visit with family and friends," said Congressman John Moolenaar. "These are the highest gas prices in seven years, and the Democrats' policies harm American energy production while raising the cost of living on working families more than anyone else. I will continue to advocate for American energy independence and oppose harmful federal spending that distorts the economy and raises prices on Michigan families."
May 25, 2021 Press Release
“Many rural communities in Michigan lack the infrastructure necessary to provide access to broadband service, making it more difficult for students to do homework and for seniors to access telemedicine,” said Moolenaar. “This new legislation complements my efforts to expand broadband access through the BOOST Act, and it would encourage providers to build more broadband infrastructure in our rural communities.”
May 12, 2021 Press Release
“When President Biden and Democrats spent $2 trillion in March, they pushed out extra money to people who are not working even though there are millions of job openings and gave billions to bail out states and cities which now have surpluses. Their $2 trillion in spending is distorting the economy, hurting small businesses, and making hardworking Michigan residents pay more for the products they use every day,” said Congressman John Moolenaar. “President Biden’s anti-pipeline stance is also contributing to the rise in gas prices and as we have seen this week pipelines are vital to ensuring Americans have a affordable, reliable energy. I will be working to stop these harmful economic policies so more Americans can go back to work, small businesses can grow and, hopefully, prices for everyday goods will be more stable.”
May 11, 2021 Press Release
“This weekend’s cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline demonstrates the vital role pipelines play in providing Americans with reliable, affordable energy. Pipelines are the safest way to transport energy and it’s wrong to shut them down. President Biden should be pursuing every energy option our country has and he should immediately allow construction of the Keystone Pipeline to move forward, ensuring more energy for our nation,” said Congressman Moolenaar. “It is also important to increase cybersecurity for critical infrastructure and make sure we protect Americans from those who would do us harm.”
April 28, 2021 Press Release
“When Joe Biden was vice president he oversaw the slowest economic recovery in modern American history. His proposals tonight, including his tax hikes, would be more of the same, hurting Michigan’s economy and slowing the recovery. We are already seeing employers in mid and northern Michigan have problems hiring workers because the $2 trillion spending bill President Biden signed in March pays people an extra $300 a week to stay home instead of going to work. “I would also like to invest in our nation’s infrastructure, but President Biden has proposed cutting the Army Corps of Engineers’ annual budget by a billion dollars. We need the Army Corps to be fully funded so it can manage Great Lakes water levels, stop Asian carp and invasive species, and build a new lock at the Soo Locks. I will be working to stop Biden’s cut to the Army Corps so it has the resources it needs to invest in infrastructure and support the Great Lakes.”
April 16, 2021 Press Release
“Dam failures like this can never happen again,” said Reps. Moolenaar and Dingell. “That is why last week we reintroduced our National Dam and Hydropower Safety Act to enhance safety operation requirements nationwide, modernize existing infrastructure, and improve communications between FERC and the states. While FERC’s action today makes it clear to future potential violators they will face serious consequences, a fine that comes after the fact does very little for the people who had their homes and businesses washed away. It’s clear that FERC needs enhanced tools to address this problem, protect our communities, and hold reckless dam operators like Boyce Hydro truly accountable. Our legislation will help improve those tools and prevent these tragedies from happening in the future.”

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