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Sen. Cardin says bill will clarify that Feds fully pay for Key Bridge

April 10th, 2024 by WCBC Radio

Maryland’s congressional delegation announced they will introduce a bill that will make clear the federal government will cover the cost of rebuilding Baltimore’s collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge. The federal government generally covers 90% of the cost and the state 10% when replacing bridges, but exceptions have occurred in similar emergency cases, said MD Sen. Ben Cardin a Democrat, after lawmakers attended a closed-door briefing on cleanup efforts. The legislation will also make clear that any money recovered from third parties will be used to reimburse federal taxpayers. “The fundamental issue right now is passing legislation to clarify that this is 100% a federal responsibility,” Cardin said.