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Disaster Recovery Nationwide Support Encouraged

June 29th, 2024 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Kweisi Mfume are calling on congressional colleagues to support President Joe Biden’s supplemental funding request for disaster recovery nationwide. The measure includes funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief program, which already has provided initial funding and will continue to be the primary resource for federal funds to replace the Francis Scott Key Bridge that was hit by a cargo ship and collapsed in March. The president’s request would fulfill his commitment for the federal government cover the full cost of the bridge replacement.  The lawmakers made clear that they will continue to review all available legislative opportunities to pass the Baltimore BRIDGE Relief Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would ensure 100 percent federal coverage for the bridge replacement, as has been done in other states that experienced catastrophic disasters.