Congress weighs federal dollars to address Baltimore bridge collapse

Lawmakers are weighing the use of federal funds to restore a collapsed bridge in Baltimore, while more conservative members have expressed outrage that Congress’s “first reaction” is to spend.

The Francis Scott Key Bridge, which collapsed early Tuesday morning, put both the Biden administration and Congress under the spotlight for what role they will play in the rebuilding process. President Joe Biden said he wanted the federal government to take on the “entire cost” to reconstruct the bridge — turning eyes to the House and Senate as to whether they will support the president as he expects.

While Capitol Hill remains quiet as members are on a two-week recess, lawmakers are already floating the idea of a funding bill to assist Baltimore with repairs, with possible legislation emerging in the House soon.

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