SAINT PAUL, MN – Language authorizing the PolyMet land swap was not included in the final National Defense Authorization Act released late Monday. Karin Housley, Minnesota state senator and Republican-endorsed candidate for United States Senate, issued the following statement:
“I’m extremely disappointed the PolyMet land swap agreement was not included in the final defense spending bill. With the economic viability of real communities and the livelihoods of real people on the line, Tina Smith simply could not deliver. After years of obstructing the process as lieutenant governor and chief of staff, Tina Smith brought a sense of false hope to the region that she could get this done – despite her Democratic leadership never being on board. These thinly-veiled attempts at political pandering ended in failure, and it’s the people of northern Minnesota who will pay the price. I’ve supported PolyMet from the beginning, and as a U.S. Senator, it will be my top priority to get it across the finish line.”
Karin Housley is a wife, mother, grandmother, small business owner, and Minnesota state senator. Learn more about Karin Housley’s campaign for U.S. Senate at HousleyForSenate.com.