The day after a four-lane interstate bridge in Washington state collapsed, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is using the incident to blame Republicans for the “dangerous consequences” of the sequestration spending cuts that started in March.
“For 62 days, the American people have waited for House Republicans to move forward with the budget process and replace the devastating sequester cuts that are slashing into our country’s safety net, national security, and public infrastructure,” Pelosi’s office said in a press release. “Yesterday, an Interstate 5 bridge north of Seattle collapsed after an oversized truck hit the structure. Thankfully, no one was killed. But the collapse of the bridge–long-rated ‘functionally obsolete’–highlights the dangerous consequences of our failure to repair and invest our roads and bridges.”
The release noted that because of the sequester cuts, the Transportation Department has had to cut about $960 million from highway funds used to respond to infrastructure issues, even though more than 68,000 bridges across the country are rated “structurally deficient.”
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