Legislation introduced to ensure feds pay to rebuild Baltimore bridge

(The Center Square) – Lawmakers from Maryland, including the state’s sole Republican representative introduced legislation in Congress to ensure the federal government foots the bill for reconstruction of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore.

Legislation was introduced in both chambers of Congress on Thursday to allow the federal government to fully fund the replacement of the collapsed bridge. The Baltimore Bridge Response Invests and Delivers Global Economic Relief Act, a bill by acronym known as the Baltimore BRIDGE Relief Act, would amend the “federal cost-share requirement for Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief Program for Disaster-Damaged Highways and Bridges.”

The emergency relief funding would ensure a 100% cost share with the federal government for the first 270 days following the disaster. Thus far the state has received $60 million.

Sen. Ben Cardin, who introduced the legislation, in the Senate described the collapse as “a human tragedy and economic tragedy – for
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