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Governor Wes Moore Statement on Funding for Key Bridge Response in President Biden’s Supplemental Budget

Posted on July 1, 2024

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Today, Maryland Governor Wes Moore released the following statement on the inclusion of a 100% federal cost share for the rebuild of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in President Biden’s supplemental budget:

“One of the first calls I received on the morning of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse came from the White House. President Biden, Vice President Harris, and the entire Biden-Harris Administration have stood with Maryland every step of the way. They’ve helped us fully clear the ​​federal channel in a matter of weeks – and today, President Biden reaffirmed his ironclad commitment to helping us rebuild and recover.

Rebuilding the Francis Scott Key Bridge isn’t just about Maryland – it’s about the nation’s economy. The Port of Baltimore is an essential commercial artery for the entire country, handling more cars and more farm equipment than any other port within the United States. And you cannot have a fully functioning Port of Baltimore without the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which helps us move cargo to and through the port and across the east coast and midwest. Simply put: This isn’t about nostalgia – this is about necessity.

I’ve met with over one hundred leaders in the White House and on Capitol Hill to talk about the way forward. We are building a broad coalition of both Democrats and Republicans, inside and outside of Maryland, who understand the importance of our work to rebuild the bridge. Now, it’s time for Congress to come together and pass the critical measures necessary to rebuild the bridge for the good of our nation’s economy.

Together, we will prove​ what it means to be Maryland Tough and Baltimore Strong.”


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