Rick Scott: Government must “come together” for Baltimore bridge recovery

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By journalsofus.com


Republican Senator Rick Scott (Florida) on Sunday asked the government to “come together” to support the Francis Scott Key Bridge Salvage Projectand urged the Biden administration not to “play politics” with relief.

The bridge collapsed last Tuesday after a freighter crashed into one of its supports, killing six construction workers and sending the steel structure into the Patapsco River. Debris is now blocking the entrance to the Port of Baltimore, and the timeline for when it might reopen is still unclear.

“I know it’s going to take a lot of work. But this should be an issue on which we all unite. [on]. Unfortunately, the Biden administration has played politics,” Scott said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

“I still have farmers from Florida from a year and a half ago who still don’t receive help. So the federal government is a partner, the federal government needs to be a partner. But we must stop playing politics, and that is exactly what the Biden administration has done,” he continued.

President Biden, for his part, he quickly swore to rebuild the bridge and said he hopes the federal government will pay for “the entire reconstruction process.”

The Department of Transportation authorized 60 million dollars in aidwhich he called a “down payment to cover startup costs.”

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg confirmed Sunday that this money came from the department’s emergency relief program, but noted that Congress may need to approve additional aid. He said he hopes there will be bipartisan support on Capitol Hill in case the administration needs to turn to them.

Signs of disagreement Lawmakers are already seeing relief on the bridge. Many Democrats praised Biden’s relief promise, while conservative spending hawks urged against adding to the national debt.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

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