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Coast Guard Bill Aids Minnesota Fishing Guides
Washington DC – A bill waiting to be signed into law by President Obama contains an important provision that will cut red tape for Minnesota fishing guides.  Under current law, any boat operator who obtains a U.S. Coast Guard certification to transport passengers must obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC).  To obtain the card, guides are required to pay a $132 application fee and make two trips to a Coast Guard licensing center.  That has caused unnecessary paperwork and expense for many fishing guides.

September - October
DTA Awarded Grant for Downtown Hub
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Washington DC – A federal grant will help start the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) construction on a new multi-modal transit hub in downtown Duluth.  Today, Congressman Jim Oberstar announced that the Department of Transportation will contribute $16 million dollars towards the construction of the new $40 million facility to link local bus service with intercity bus service, taxi and car rentals, pedestrian and bike trails and eventually the Northern Lights Express train service from Duluth to Minneapolis.

Recovery Act Invests $677 million in Minnesota
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Washington DC - Construction is under way or completed on $677 million in Minnesota highway, transit, and wastewater projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure announced today. 

House Passes Small Business Jobs Act
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Washington, DC—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to spur economic growth and create 500,000 new jobs by encouraging the development of American small businesses.  The Small Business Jobs Act increases much-needed lending to millions of small businesses, and offers eight new tax incentives to companies, so that they may expand, hire, and fuel our economy. 

Oberstar Calls on ITC to Halt Unfair Chinese Trade Practices
Friday, September 17, 2010
Washington DC - Congressman Jim Oberstar is calling on the International Trade Commission (ITC) to crack down on China’s practice of dumping coated papers on the U.S. market.  In testimony before the ITC this week, Oberstar said the practice is harming Minnesota paper producers.  The following are Oberstar’s remarks as prepared for delivery to the ITC: