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Congressman Paul Mitchell

Representing the 10th District of Michigan

PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS BILL AUTHORIZING A NEW LOCK AT THE SOO LOCKS

October 23, 2018
Press Release

Shelby Township, MI – Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed into law S.301, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, a bipartisan bill that authorizes America’s water resources and infrastructure projects.

The legislation authorizes the construction of a second 1,200-foot lock at the Soo Locks, a key priority for Michigan. Inclusion of the authorization follows an Army Corps report in June that urged the building of a second lock because of the Soo Locks' strategic value and vital importance to America’s economy and national security.

The construction of a new Soo Lock has the support of President Donald Trump, who backed the project during a visit to Michigan in April, after meeting with Congressman Mitchell and other members during a visit to Michigan in April.

“The construction of a second 1,200-foot lock at the Soo Locks became even more viable today with the signing of this bill into law by President Trump. I’m proud that through teamwork and persistence, we are finally seeing movement forward on this essential project to improve the locks. Any failure at the Soo Locks would have a devastating ripple effect on our nation’s economy and national security. I will continue to do everything and anything I can in Congress to get this project built and project Michigan and our nation from economic risk.”