Biden administration to release emergency funds for Baltimore bridge disaster

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., told reporters he spoke to the Department of Transportation and that the Biden administration will commit emergency funding for the Francis Scott Key Bridge disaster.

Van Hollen said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the department "will do everything they can to very quickly release emergency funds for this important project."

"Our hearts go out to all those who are on the bridge and their loved ones. We pray for them. Our gratitude goes out to the first responders who, as we speak, are continuing to conduct search and rescue operations," Van Hollen said. 

The National Highway Transportation Administration administrator will travel to Baltimore to oversee release of those funds, according to the senator. 

Additionally, the National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an investigation into the bridge collapse.

Meanwhile, the Army Corps of Engineers and its naval assets will assist with below the surface clearing of Baltimore Harbor, Van Hollen said.

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