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Statement from MN legislators on DC Squad visit to protest Line 3

Friday, September 3, 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 

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 


Minority Leader Kurt Daudt 

Deputy Minority Leader Anne Neu Brindley 

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 


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