...the only reason Bush is talking about fatalities is because he didn't give MN enough money to maintain the bridge.At the time that it fell, they were... maintaining the bridge. And, let's turn to this August 10, 2005 press release (link):
U.S. President George Bush signed a $286.4 billion six-year transportation reauthorization bill Aug. 10, 2005 that covers federal fiscal years 2004-09.
Although the details of the reauthorization package are still being reviewed, Minnesota state and local governments can expect to receive about $3.5 billion in federal transportation funding through 2009, an increase of about 46 percent (or about $1.1 billion) over the previous six-year bill.
...[Lt. Gov./Commissioner Carol Molnau says:] "After nearly two years of extensions, Mn/DOT is very pleased that Congress has finally passed a long-term transportation funding reauthorization bill. The new bill is good news for the country and will be of great benefit to Minnesota... Many highway projects under construction throughout the state, and many planned for construction in the near future, are the beneficiaries of the new federal bill"...
Posted in Ed Schultz at August 2, 2007 01:54 PM
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