“After years of work to secure funding to fix Arlington Memorial Bridge, today’s announcement gives us hope that the bridge will remain safe and serviceable into the 22nd century,” U.S. Rep. Don Beyer said. “Our tour of the bridge and press conference in 2015 crystalized the dire need for this funding. Since then I have worked together with my colleagues in Congress, leaders from Virginia and the District, and two Administrations to secure the money for these structural repairs. This truly is great news, and I thank everyone whose efforts brought us here.” #Beyer hosted a press conference next to Memorial Bridge in 2015 with the regional delegation and members of President Obama’s Cabinet to call attention to the urgent need for funding to repair key surface infrastructure. In 2016 he and his colleagues in Congress supported an application for a grant which successfully secured $90 million to fund the first round of repairs.
That’s why Democrats, like Virginia Congressman Don Beyer, accuse Republican leaders of stacking the House committee with only far-right energy-friendly Republicans. “There are many Republicans who are willing to work on climate change issues and deemphasize our dependence on fossil fuel. They just aren't on the National Resources Committee.”
As a good portion of Americans were sleeping, Senate Republicans passed a $1.5 trillion tax bill in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
“After years of work to secure funding to fix Arlington Memorial Bridge, today’s announcement gives us hope that the bridge will remain safe and serviceable into the 22nd century,” Virginia Rep. Don Beyer (D) said.