FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On “Sound Off” with Brad Bennett, Jason Lewis Calls on Tina Smith to Denounce Bill Outlawing Minnesota Mining
Duluth, MN – Following an appearance this morning on “Sound Off” with Brad Bennett on WDSM AM710 calling on Senator Tina Smith to denounce and combat legislation proposed by U.S. Representative Betty McCollum that would ban copper-nickel mining across a large portion of Northeastern Minnesota, Jason Lewis issued the following statement.
“Representative Betty McCollum’s bill is a full-frontal assault on the Iron Range way of life. Outlawing safe and responsible mining in Superior National Forest would not only devastate the Iron Range but would permanently rob Northern Minnesota of an opportunity to be an economic powerhouse given the increased demand for copper and nickel. The fact that urban elitists like McCollum are eager and willing to throw that away is disturbing. I am calling on Senator Tina Smith to look out for her constituents, denounce McCollum’s legislation, and fight it in the Senate,” said Lewis.
“When I am up on the Iron Range, I have individuals coming up to me left and right saying “the Democratic party has left me.” Radical liberals like McCollum are playing to their urban base who are saying no mining, no logging, no energy. All at the expense of hardworking Minnesotans on the Iron Range. This is an insult to the way of life on the Iron Range that I am fighting for,” concluded Lewis.