The Brent Spence Bridge could get money under the WH infrastructure plan
A spokeswoman for Vice President Kamala Harris answered questions during the “somewhat bumpy” flight to Cincinnati and said Cincinnati’s Brent Spence Bridge could “possibly be one of those projects” funded by the new US employment plan.
The plan, which has not yet been finalized, includes money to repair the “10 most economically important bridges” in the country, although it has not been determined which bridges they are.
The Brent Spence Bridge is one of the busiest truck routes in the United States. It carries more than $ 1 billion worth of cargo every day and more than $ 400 billion worth of cargo every year.
Ohio and Kentucky have been trying to build a new bridge for years, but no one can figure out how to play for the $ 2.5 billion project. One problem has been resistance to tolls, particularly from Kentucky lawmakers.
VP lands in Cincinnati
Vice President Kamala Harris landed at the Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky International Airport.
She is directed to the University of Cincinnati Innovation Center of 1819, where she will participate in a roundtable discussion on public transportation and infrastructure, which includes the Cincinnati Metro.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear was at the airport to greet the Vice President.
However, not everyone was happy with the visit. The Ohio Republican Party issued a statement Friday morning accusing Harris of “hanging out on the Ohio-Kentucky border” amid a humanitarian crisis on America’s southern border.
“It has been 37 days since President (Joe) Biden tapped Kamala Harris to lead the response to the humanitarian crisis on our country’s southern border,” the statement said.
“Instead, Vice President Harris is on the Ohio-Kentucky border trying to sell a $ 2 trillion infrastructure plan, of which only 7 percent is used for actual infrastructure like roads and bridges.”
VP is on his way to Cincinnati
Vice President Kamala Harris is on her way to Cincinnati.
According to a pool report, Harris boarded her flight at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland at 9:57 a.m.
The investigator will follow Harris’ entire visit to Queen City. Please visit Cincinnati.com again for updates.
Harris visits Cincinnati
Vice President Kamala Harris visits Cincinnati today promoting the latest spending plans announced by the White House and speaking to local officials about the importance of public transportation.
Harris and Senator Sherrod Brown, a Cleveland Democrat, will host a public transportation panel discussion at the University of Cincinnati Innovation Center at noon in 1819.
Cincinnati Metro officials said part of the discussion will center around the sales tax levy that voters approved last May to pay for better bus connections and infrastructure improvements across the county.
The levy will raise approximately $ 100 million annually for Cincinnati Metro and an additional $ 30 million annually for road and bridge projects across Hamilton County. Metro spokeswoman Brandy Jones said much of Friday’s conversation will focus on connecting people with jobs and healthcare.
Harris’ visit will be her first to Queen City, either as a vice president or as a candidate on the presidential ticket.
Before Harris was elected President Joe Biden’s runner-up in 2018, she was to be the keynote speaker for the 2018 Cincinnati NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. But the then-US Senator withdrew to stay in Washington and vote on then-Supreme Court candidate, Brett Kavanaugh.
Looking at Ohio as a whole, Harris made a campaign freeze in Cleveland in October 2020.
She was previously in Westerville near Columbus in 2019 to take part in the pre-primary presidential debate, where she ran against Biden and a number of other candidates.
Both Harris and Biden headed out on Friday to promote their business and infrastructure plans.
They put in place three main plans, the first of which is the American bailout plan, which Biden has already signed into law. This plan provides $ 1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief and economic stimulus, including support from local governments.
Harris and Biden now hope to receive support for the American Families Plan, a $ 1.8 trillion package that provides tuition, childcare, and other help to families, and the American Jobs Act, a $ 2 trillion Package to combat infrastructure and climate change.
The investigator will follow Harris’ visit. Please visit Cincinnati.com again for updates.