Soo Locks Gets $75.3 Million in 2020 Army Corps Budget
Today, the Army Corps of Engineers announced its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020, including $75.3 million for continued construction of a second freighter-sized lock at the Soo Locks. Congressmen John Moolenaar, Jack Bergman and Paul Mitchell personally advocated for the Soo Locks when they met with President Trump last April and they have continually advocated for the construction of a new lock. They made the following statements on today's news.
Congressman John Moolenaar:
“This is incredible news for Michigan. The Soo Locks are vital to shipping on the Great Lakes and the American economy. Since Congressman Bergman, Congressman Mitchell and myself talked to President Trump about the Soo Locks last April, there has been more progress on building a new Lock than there has been in decades. This new funding will create jobs and benefit our entire state.”
Congressman Jack Bergman:
"Construction of a new Poe-sized Lock in the Soo has been a failed endeavor by politicians for decades, but that is no longer the case. Recently, I led a letter with Congressmen John Moolenaar and Paul Mitchell to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting the inclusion of Soo Locks construction funding in the President's FY2020 budget. I'm thankful President Trump has followed through on his promise to build a new lock and included a request of $75.3 million to continue Lock construction in FY20."
"The work doesn’t end here; I will continue working with my colleagues in the House and Senate, the Trump Administration, and the Army Corps of Engineers to keep the momentum going on construction of the new Lock."
Congressman Paul Mitchell:
“Seeing further funding for upgrades to the Soo Locks included in the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed budget for next year is welcome news. Last year, after working with my colleagues in Congress, the Army Corps provided initial funds for these upgrades, and these funds demonstrate continued commitment from the Trump Administration to upgrading the Soo Locks. Any failure at the locks would have a devastating ripple effect on our nation’s economy and national security. I will continue to do anything and everything possible working with my colleagues, the administration, and the Army Corps of Engineers to move the project towards groundbreaking and completion to protect our economy and our nation.”
Excerpt from the Detroit News: "Trump in Michigan 'Let's Fix the Soo Locks'"
Republican U.S. Reps. Jack Bergman of Watersmeet, Paul Mitchell of Dryden and John Moolenaar of Midland pitched Trump on the Soo Locks modernization project during the drive from Selfridge Air Force Base in Harrison Township, where Air Force One had landed.
Moolenaar told The Detroit News that he and Bergman met Trump on the tarmac at Selfridge, while Mitchell rode on Air Force One with the president from Washington, D.C.
“It’s a huge priority for our state,” Moolenaar said of the Soo Locks. “Our economy and this country really needs this.”