President Pledges Government Funding for Key Bridge Rebuild

Maryland governor says the bridge collapse has international economic implications.

President Joe Biden stated on Tuesday that the administration would pay for the repairs necessary to rebuild Baltimore’s collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge and reopen the busy corridor of Interstate 695.

“It’s my intention that the federal government will pay for the entire cost of reconstructing that bridge, and I expect the Congress to support my effort,” President Biden said in remarks from the White House. “This is going to take some time, but the people of Baltimore can count on us though to stick with them at every step of the way until the port is reopen and the bridge is rebuilt.”

The Francis Scott Key Bridge was destroyed early Tuesday morning when a cargo ship crashed into it at 1:30 A.M. When the vessel lost power, its crew alerted city officials as the cargo ship was on a crash course toward the bridge. Law enforcement was able to halt some traffic from the bridge before the crash, reducing potential casualties. However, at least six construction workers are still missing, and the construction company has pronounced them dead.

“The collapse of the Key Bridge is not just a Maryland crisis. The collapse of a key bridge is a global crisis,” Maryland Governor Wes Moore said on Wednesday. “The national economy and the world’s economy depend on the port of Baltimore. The port handles more cars and more farm equipment than any other port in the country.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For President Biden and his advisors as they seek to ensure the reopening of the interstate and waterway in Baltimore.
  • For discernment for members of Congress as they consider emergency funding to repair the destroyed bridge.
  • For Governor Moore and state and local officials as they seek to begin restoration of the bridge.

Sources: The Hill, Reuters, Fox News


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