Wednesday, January 30, 2013
McCollum made a stop at Valley Outreach, took a tour of Lift Bridge Brewery and visited with students at Stillwater Junior High on Thursday. The Fourth District Congresswoman also announced she will hold local casework hours the second Tuesday of every mo
Minnesota's Fourth District Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL) was in Stillwater Thursday, making stops at Valley Outreach, Lift Bridge Brewery and Stillwater Junior High. Stillwater became part of the Fourth Congressional District of Minnesota as the result of redistricting following the 2010 Census. Beginning Feb. 12, constituent services representatives from McCollum's office will be available the second Tuesday of every month from 9-11 a.m., at Stillwater City Hall to assist residents with federal agency casework. Residents of the Stillwater area can make an appointment in advance by contacting Congresswoman McCollum’s Minnesota office (651) 224-9191.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Do you agree with Rep. Betty McCollum? What do you think is at issue in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting? Is it gun control? Addressing mental health? Both? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Fourth District Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D) issued the following statement regarding the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. "Today’s elementary school shooting is heartbreaking. As a mother, the mass murder of young school children and educators is incomprehensible. My prayers are with all families of the victims. "The time has come for President Obama, Congress and the American people to come together to act immediately to end the epidemic of gun violence and the proliferation of guns designed to be weapons of mass murder. Inaction and obstruction by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to common sense gun laws is not tolerable.”
Friday, February 24, 2012
Gov. Mark Dayton wrote a letter to Rep. Betty McCollum stating "compromise" is out of the question when it comes to the deadline to replace the Stillwater Lift Bridge. The only two options, the governor says, are build the proposed $690 million bridge, or
Gov. Mark Dayton’s office has been busy writing two of Minnesota’s congressional officials letters this week—first putting a March 15 deadline on the river crossing bill to pass, and most recently, saying “compromise” is out of the question at this stage of the game. On Tuesday, Dayton sent Rep. Michele Bachmann a letter stating the St. Croix River Crossing bill must get exemption from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by March 15 or he was going to reallocate the funds to other Minnesota projects. Bachmann responded two days later calling Dayton’s deadline “crazy,” and saying it puts the project in jeopardy. “To put an artificial deadline out like March 15 is absolute madness because we can get this done,” Bachmann told WCCO. “We shouldn’t …
Monday, January 23, 2012
Bill must now pass U.S. House of Representatives before being signed into law.
The United States Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would allow a new bridge across the St. Croix River to be built from Oak Park Heights to north of Hudson, WI. The bill now advances to the U.S. House of Representatives, where it faces certain opposition—including from MN Congressman Keith Ellison and Congresswoman Betty McCollum. “It’s no surprise that Senator Klobuchar’s bill passed the Senate," McCollum said in a statement released Monday evening. "But in the House, we need to find a common-sense compromise because a $700 million bridge across the St. Croix River is bad fiscal policy, bad transportation policy and bad environmental policy.” Klobuchar announced the passage on her Senate website, calling the vote a "milestone" …
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Testimony to exempt the St. Croix River Crossing in Stillwater from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was heard by a Senate subcommittee today.
UPDATED: 5:49 p.m. Here is a video archive of today's hearing. UPDATED FROM: 3:30 p.m. StillwaterPatch live-tweeted today's hearing by the National Parks Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee: ---- Today is a big day for the fate of the proposed $700 million St. Croix River Crossing. The National Parks Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hear testimony on the St. Croix River Crossing Project Authorization Act (S. 1134)—a bill that would exempt the proposed bridge from the U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), will testify along with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on behalf of the legislation that, if passed, …
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki says Sen. Amy Klobuchar's bill is 'probably the most significant development in 25 years on this project.'
Four U.S. senators introduced bipartisan legislation Friday that will move the proposed St. Croix River crossing forward—exempting the project from a federal law that protects the river. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), sponsored the bill, and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) each signed on to the legislation that, if passed, would be the first exemption for a bridge over a river protected by the U.S. Wild and Scenic River’s Act of 1968. “This is probably the most significant development in 25 years on this project,” said Ken Harycki, Stillwater’s mayor and co-chair of the Coalition for the St. Croix River Crossing. “This is a very important step forward, but it is also important to remember …