For those of us who have blown out a tire on the way to the store, we know the poor condition of our bridges and roads. Across Michigan, vital infrastructure is deteriorating and this impedes our ability to compete in an increasingly global marketplace. From highways and harbors to rail and rural broadband, it is clear that both above- and below-ground infrastructure needs significant investment. While this is a shared responsibility with all levels of government, I strongly support federal investment that enhances our infrastructure for generations to come.
Soo Locks: When I was first elected, one of the most important infrastructure projects I kept hearing about was a new lock at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie. Critical supply chains that support billions of dollars in economic activity and millions of jobs in the agricultural, automotive, manufacturing, and mining sectors rely on the Locks.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I was able to break through over 30 years of delays, and Congress officially committed to funding the new Soo Locks project for the first time in 2019. Ensuring the Soo Locks are safe, reliable, and efficient is vital to the economy and national security of the United States and I have helped make historic progress for our state.