Congresswoman Betty McCollum of St. Paul buried language in the 176-page Fiscal Year 2021 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Spending Bill — that she “proudly authored,” as she said on the House floor — to halt any federal reviews of mine plans in the Rainy River Watershed in the Superior National Forest (“Bill would halt federal review of mine plans in Superior National Forest,” July 19).
McCollum also stated on the House floor that she “crafted this language for one purpose:” to stop the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine. There are at least three things seriously problematic about that.
First, she admittedly wrote this as a…
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