Cole advises Biden administration to take its time on funding request for Baltimore bridge collapse

EXCLUSIVE — House Rules Committee Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) advised the Biden administration and Maryland officials to “take their time” while considering how much federal aid to ask for in the wake of the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Cole said in an interview with the Washington Examiner on Wednesday that “aid is flowing” to Baltimore after the bridge collapse, including debris removal funds that have already been approved by the Transportation Department. He also said emergency repair money will be available as soon as a figure is determined.

“But the point is, the funds are there so that nothing should be delayed in dealing with his tragedy,” the congressman said. “After that, you know, we’re waiting, obviously, for the administration to present a request. And
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