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.

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March 7, 2018 Press Release
"I strongly encourage the Army Corps to complete its report on the Soo Locks as soon as possible. This report is already behind schedule and it should be completed before June 29. Each day of inaction on this project raises the price of building a new Soo lock, costing the taxpayers more money. It's time for the Army Corps to get its work done."
February 12, 2018 Press Release
"I have always worked with my colleagues to fully fund and support our Great Lakes. In years past, we successfully defended the Great Lakes from the cuts proposed by Presidents Trump and Obama and we will fight to do so again this year."
June 7, 2017 Press Release
The Soo Locks are vital to our country. We need to improve the 50-year old infrastructure and build a new lock to grow the economy and protect good-paying jobs for hardworking Michigan residents.
May 26, 2017 Editorial
In Congress, there is bipartisan support for new investment in our country’s infrastructure, but all of those projects will need the iron ore that goes through the Soo Locks and the American steel that comes from it. Funding a new Soo lock is a necessary down payment to ensure these projects happen.
September 28, 2016 In The News

“I believe there is a federal role,” says Moolenaar, pointing to the EPA’s failure to act early on in the Flint water crisis. “This is something we can do within this legislation to not only help in the situation in Flint but also provides a reasonable path forward for our country.”

April 22, 2016 In The News

Moolenaar, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, said the nutrition-related legislation seeks to attract long-term investment in a low-income urban area that has long been under-served by chain grocery stores that sell fresh fruit and vegetables.

March 31, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Moolenaar's statement of support for new flight connecting Capital Region International Airport and Reagan Washington National Airport.
December 3, 2015 Press Release
Moolenaar: "Restoring crop insurance cuts is vital for the 15,000 farm operators of Michigan’s Fourth Congressional District. Weather can ruin an entire year of crops and without insurance some family farms could lose everything. I am glad we could fix this issue that was created in the October budget agreement and also pass funding for our nation’s critical highway infrastructure needs."
November 9, 2015 In The News

Congressman John Moolenaar said, "I think it's important the FAA make a decision and make it soon because people throughout our region would benefit from that. The capital-to-capital transportation, it' served our community very well and we hope they get their job done."

October 29, 2015 In The News

“Today’s business leaders are thirsty for a technology infrastructure that allows them to be competitive in a global marketplace,” Moolenaar said. “AT&T’s collaboration with federal, state and local leaders helps ensure companies can be productive on day one of their operations — giving any community ready to make that happen a leg up with site selectors and CEOs. It’s a pleasure to see this happening right here in Saginaw County.”

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