Mar 26, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Biden wants federal government to fund rebuilding collapsed Baltimore bridge

US President Joe Biden walks on the South Lawn of the White House after arriving on Marine One in Washington, DC, US, on Sunday, March 24, 2024.

President Biden on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 24. Photo: Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden said Tuesday that he wants the federal government to pay for the full cost of reconstructing the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore after it collapsed earlier on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Biden said he expects Congress to support the federal government's effort.

Driving the news: "I have directed my team to move heaven and earth to reopen the port and rebuild the bridge as soon as humanly possible," Biden said during brief remarks on Tuesday.

  • "This is going to take some time and the people of Baltimore can count on us though, to stick with them at every step of the way until the port is reopened and the bridges rebuilt."

Zoom in: Biden said that all evidence so far indicates that the bridge collapse was a "terrible accident."

  • "We have no other indication, no other reason to believe it was any intentional act here," he said.
  • Six construction workers are still unaccounted for. They were working with a crew to repair potholes on the bridge before its collapse.

Flashback: After the 2007 collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River, both the House and Senate authorized $250 million for its reconstruction, which then-President George W. Bush signed into law five days later.

What to watch: Biden, who said that he regularly traveled across the bridge when commuting to and from Delaware, added that he plans to travel to Baltimore "as quickly" as he can.

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