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Gov. Snyder is happy to see Trump making the Soo Locks a priority

May 4, 2018

Governor Rick Snyder is happy to see President Trump giving attention to the Soo Locks.

“I’ve been arguing for this for some time and it’s great to see the president get on board. Let’s encourage him to follow through and get this done,” Snyder said.

Trump heard from three Michigan lawmakers about the locks and decided to bring up the issue in a speech in Macomb County last week.

The locks in Sault Ste. Marie allow ships to travel between Lakes Superior and Huron -- and get raw materials from Michigan to the rest of the country.

Snyder says it's a big deal.

“To us in Michigan, we understand the issue, but it’s bigger than just a Michigan issue. It’s about economic security for our country,” he said.

Congress has approved plans to build a new lock to handle bigger ships -- but it's never been funded.

President Trump didn't give details on how he'll get the project done.