GOP Rep Meuser: Biden should shift 'ridiculous' EV funding to repairing collapsed bridge

Rep. Meuser: "Kind of outrageous" for Biden to immediately say federal government will fully pay for bridge repair

Published: March 28, 2024 1:40pm

Updated: March 28, 2024 4:52pm

Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pa., says the Biden administration should shift "ridiculous" electric vehicle infrastructure funding to repairing the collapsed bridge in Baltimore. 

President Biden said Tuesday that he would work with Congress to pay for the full repair costs of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which was struck by a container ship. 

"It was kind of outrageous immediately for Biden to express in this tragedy the idea that he's going to use federal funds to pay for it in its entirely," Meuser said Wednesday on the Fox Business Channel.

"He doesn't refer to it as American taxpayer dollars on anything. His first reaction, in fact, the only reaction, tends to be to spend."

Meuser suggested that Biden use money dedicated to electric vehicles, including funds to build more charging stations, to pay for the cost of repairing or replacing the collapsed bridge. 

"There's no thought, just spend, that's their motto," the congressman continued. "At least even pull from some ridiculous EV expenditures that are planned as well, I mean, billions in EV charger ports and all."

"Maryland received the money, actually, it was close to $7 billion," he also said, referring to funding in the bipartisan infrastructure bill that Congress previously passed under Biden. "These funds need to be utilized for modernization purposes and certainly repairing bridges. This is a crisis situation but it needs a plan, not a knee-jerk spend reaction."

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