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January 17, 2007

Kagen Addressing Wisconsin’s Infrastructure, Water Resources & Environment

(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. began tackling the infrastructure and resource problems of Northeast Wisconsin on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today.

On Wednessday, Kagen was assigned to two subcommittees with jurisdiction over areas of critical importance to the 8th Congressional District.

From his position on the Water Resources and Environment subcommittee, Kagen will work hard to reduce the introduction and spread of invasive species, such as the Asian carp, sea lamprey and zebra mussel, and promote ground water protection and water resources conservation.

Rep. Kagen also met with officials of Green Bay Port Authority when he was in Green Bay over the Martin Luther King Day weekend to ascertain their needs. He will be working with committee members and the full Congress to resolve the dredging needs of the Port of Green Bay.

“We must act to secure our fresh water resources above and below the ground. The Clean Water Act emphasizes conservation – something that everyone in Wisconsin believes in deeply,” Kagen says.

Kagen is also serving on the Aviation subcommittee. Donald Hoeft, Director of the Outagamie Regional Airport, and his counterpart with Brown County Airport, Tom Miller, outlined their needs with the congressman Wednesday.

“Higher-wage jobs depend on infrastructure investments. The first hydroelectric plant in the world was developed on the Fox River – we led the way with innovative infrastructure. I am committed to continuing that leadership on the Transportation and Infrastructure committee,” Kagen said.

Curtis Ellis
202 225-5665 (office)