Obama signs Stillwater bridge bill after Klobuchar, Bachmann write him letter
|Could this be the start of a beautiful friendship? My Magic 8 Ball says "outlook not so good."|
Their agreement was so strong that they even joined forces to write President Obama a letter seeking his "prompt signature" on a bill approving the new bridge's exemption from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
Today, Obama did just that, meaning that after years of political wrangling, the $690 million bridge will indeed be constructed, with work slated to begin in 2014.
In what was perhaps a sign that Obama hasn't forgotten all the times Bachmann bashed him during her ill-fated presidential run, a White House statement praised Klobuchar's "efforts to pass this bipartisan legislation," but did not mention Bachmann, who led a late surge to get the exemption through the House.
|Work on the $690 bridge will begin in earnest in 2014.|
Shockingly, however, Bachmann for once actually emerged from Obama's slight looking like the bigger person, saying after the signing that she "commend(s) the president for signing this important piece of legislation."
The exemption was opposed by U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison and Betty McCollum, with the latter calling the bridge "fiscally irresponsible" and "a boondoggle." But the drive to replace the aging Stillwater lift bridge with a new highway-style one from Oak Park Heights into St. Joseph, Wisconsin has generally received bipartisan support, including from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Mark Dayton.
Michele Bachmann and Amy Klobuchar? Scott Walker and Mark Dayton? With those sets of unlikely allies rallying behind it, it looks like this new Stillwater bridge is the most popular thing in Minnesota and Wisconsin this side of Bon Iver.
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