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Statement from Minnesota Legislators on DC Squad Visit to Protest Line 3

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

ST. PAUL, MN – Today more than 60 Minnesota legislators released the following joint statement ahead of planned visits by U.S. Representatives Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Talib to Minnesota to protest the construction of the Line 3 pipeline:

“We are offended the D.C. ‘Squad’, led by Minneapolis Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, is coming to Northern Minnesota to protest and further obstruct a thoroughly vetted, tested, and approved project. Their presence will only serve to incite the obstructionists when it’s clear Line 3 has brought incredible benefits to the state and people. The blatant mistruths in their recent letter to the Biden Administration have already been debunked by union leaders.  

“Line 3 is one of the most important projects for Minnesota’s future. It will not only modernize and improve safety for the current oil operations, and it is also providing jobs and careers for hundreds of workers in Northern Minnesota. The permits are issued, the lawsuits are settled, it’s time to complete the work.  

“We applaud the Enbridge workers that press forward each day to do their job. We thank law enforcement for keeping the employees and residents of our districts safe during construction. We encourage everyone to allow the project to keep moving forward without interruption until it’s finished.”

Acting Majority Leader Mark Johnson

Minority Leader Kurt Daudt

Deputy Minority Leader Anne Neu Brindley

Senator Bruce Anderson

Senator Tom Bakk

Senator Michelle Benson

Senator Roger Chamberlain

Senator Julia Coleman

Senator Gene Dornink

Senator Justin Eichorn

Senator Paul Gazelka

Senator Jeff Howe

Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen

Senator John Jasinski

Senator Mary Kiffmeyer

Senator Andrew Mathews

Senator Scott Newman

Senator Eric Pratt

Senator Jason Rarick

Senator Carrie Ruud

Senator David Tomassoni

Senator Paul Utke

Representative Tony Albright

Representative Susan Akland

Representative Paul Anderson

Representative Jeff Backer

Representative Matt Bliss

Representative John Burkel

Representative Brian Daniels

Representative Greg Davids

Representative Lisa Demuth

Representative Sondra Erickson

Representative Keith Franke

Representative Steve Green

Representative Matt Grossell

Representative Glenn Gruenhagen

Representative Barb Haley

Representative Rod Hamilton

Representative John Heinrich

Representative Josh Heintzeman

Representative Jerry Hertaus

Representative Spencer Igo

Representative Brian Johnson

Representative Tony Jurgens

Representative Deb Kiel

Representative Ron Kresha

Representative Eric Lucero

Representative Dale Lueck

Representative Joe McDonald

Representative Shane Mekeland

Representative Patricia Mueller

Representative Jim Nash

Representative Marion O’Neill

Representative John Petersburg

Representative Brian Pfarr

Representative John Poston

Representative Duane Quam

Representative Donald Raleigh

Representative Jordan Rasmusson

Representative Kristin Robbins

Representative Peggy Scott

Representative Chris Swedzinski

Representative Tama Theis

Representative Paul Torkelson