Senator Rob Portman's amendment to make obsolete and structurally unsound bridges such as the Brent Spence Bridge here a priority for federal funding passed in the U.S. Senate today.
It's not yet known how much of the $500 million set aside in the transportation appropriations bill for bridges in critical condition will go to the Brent Spence project, which officials in Ohio and Kentucky say will cost an estimated $2.7 billion to complete.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Terrace Park, has been working behind the scenes to clear the way for the renomination of an Ohio Democrat, Richard Cordray, as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a story in Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper.
Senate Republicans have thus far refused to move on President Obama's renomination of Cordray, a former Ohio treasurer and attorney general, along with a number of other presidential appointments.