Vote may not come this year for new St. Croix bridge

Stillwater bridge
Stillwater lift bridge and downtown Stillwater, Minn. Sept. 28, 2011. The prospect remains hazy for a vote this year in Congress on a new bridge over the St. Croix River.
MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson

The prospect remains hazy for a vote in Congress on a new bridge over the St. Croix River.

This is likely the last week of the year that Congress will be in session and there already is a lot on the agenda — including extending the payroll tax cut and finishing work on spending bills.

According to House leadership, GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's bill to authorize a new river crossing isn't on the agenda.

Bachmann's spokeswoman Becky Rogness said the legislation could still pass before the end of the year.

"We are encouraged by Leadership and Natural Resources Committee that HR850 will see a vote, but unfortunately we did not have a concrete timeline at this time," Rogness said.

While Bachmann's office declined to speculate, one possibility is that the bill could be attached to other must-pass legislation this week, such as a spending bill that's likely to pass by Friday.

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