Jack Bergman

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Jack Bergman

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Dear Colleague, 

Please join me in supporting funding for a new Soo Lock in the FY21 Appropriations bill. The Soo Locks, located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, is critically important infrastructure that impacts American manufacturing throughout the supply chain. Construction
of a new 1,200- foot lock is currently underway, and consistent funding will keep the project moving on time and help produce long- term savings. The letter requests $123.22 million for funding of a new lock, which is consistent with the President’s FY21 Budget
Request. Text of the letter is below. If you have any questions, please reach out to Michelle Jelnicky at This letter will close COB on March 12.

Letter Text

The Honorable Marcy Kaptur                                   The Honorable Mike Simpson
Chairwoman                                                               Ranking Member
House Appropriations Subcommittee on                   House Appropriations Subcommittee on
Energy and Water Development                                Energy and Water Development
2358-A Rayburn HOB                                              2362-B Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515                                           Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairwoman Kaptur and Ranking Member Simpson:

We write to thank the Committee for the continued support for construction of a new Soo Lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and request the Energy and Water Appropriations bill include funding consistent with the President’s FY21 Budget Request for $123.22
million. Additionally, we support increased funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s construction account, where projects such as the Soo Locks can compete for funding.

The Soo Locks is a critically important federal infrastructure project, where approximately 80 million tons of commercial commodities transit each year. The Locks are a single point of failure in a trillion-dollar supply chain, and an unexpected closure
of the aging 1,200- foot Poe Lock would have disastrous economic impacts for both the Great Lakes region and the entire nation.

Construction of the new Poe-sized lock is currently underway, with $125.3 million included in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s FY20 workplan to complete the upstream channel deepening construction, continue the lock chamber design, and initiate construction
on the upstream approach walls. FY21 funding would be used to manage construction of the upstream channel deepening, manage and complete construction of the upstream approach walls, and complete the design work for the new lock. Consistent and reliable investments
now can create long term cost savings and reduce potential risks to our nation’s economy and national security.

Resiliency at the Soo Locks is necessary for the health of our Great Lakes Navigation System and industry across the nation. We thank you for consideration of this request, and we look forward to working with you to ensure funding for this critically important
infrastructure project.


Jack Bergman
Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information:Appropriations, Budget, Trade, Transportation

Related Deadline Information

Deadline Title: This Letter Closes COB March 12
Deadline Start: 2/25/2020 10:00:00 AM
Deadline End: 3/12/2020 5:00:00 PM

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