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Joe Biden Plans to Visit Collapsed Bridge in Baltimore

Baltimore Bridge Collapsing (Credits: USA Today)

President Joe Biden is set to visit the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge near Baltimore, Maryland, for the first time on April 5, following the tragic incident that occurred over a week ago. His decision to provide $60 million in emergency funding reflects his commitment to assist with initial mobilization, operations, and debris recovery.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre emphasized the president’s determination to support the Baltimore community and ensure the federal government covers the bridge’s reconstruction costs. Additionally, the focus is on reopening the ports and aiding in the cleanup efforts in the affected area.

Biden visits Baltimore Collapsed Bridge (Credits: CNN)

During his visit, President Biden will receive updates on the ongoing response efforts, particularly regarding the swift reopening of the Port of Baltimore. He will accompany various officials, including Governor Wes Moore, Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Mayor Brandon Scott, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

The president’s itinerary includes an aerial tour to observe the federal and state response efforts firsthand. He is also expected to urge Congress to allocate more federal aid for reconstruction.

However, some members of Congress have expressed concerns about using taxpayer funds for reconstruction instead of holding insurance companies accountable. Britannia, the insurer of the cargo ship involved in the incident, is cooperating with authorities in the investigation.

The Bridging Consequences

Baltimore Collapsed Bridge (Credits: Bloomberg)

The bridge collapse occurred when the cargo ship lost power and collided with a support pillar, resulting in the tragic deaths of six workers. President Biden plans to meet with the families of the victims to offer condolences and support.

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shalanda Young has urged Congress to authorize full federal funding for the bridge’s rebuilding, citing past instances of swift action taken in response to catastrophic bridge collapses.

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