While much attention of late has been focused on the uncertain fate of President Biden’s massive infrastructure stimulus package, currently stalled on Capitol Hill, a congressional committee worked literally through the night Thursday on a separate bill that includes money for specific bridge and highway projects in Louisiana, including a new Mississippi River bridge in Baton Rouge.
U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, initially requested $1 billion for the new bridge as somewhat of a headline-making political move to draw attention to the amount of money in the infrastructure bill not going toward bridge, road and highway repairs.
While Graves may have wanted to make a point with his request, it survived the marathon markup session, as did several other Louisiana earmarks.
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