Rand Paul to lobby Obama for emergency bridge fund during Air Force One flight

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he hopes to lobby President Barack Obama for an emergency bridge fund while traveling with the president aboard Air Force One to Northern Kentucky.

The president has been speaking at the sites of proposed infrastructure projects to rally support behind his jobs and budget package. On Thursday, he plans so speak near the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati which has been tabbed by the federal government as "functionally obsolete" and potentially dangerous.

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Paul said Thursday on the Laura Ingraham show that he agrees that "some of our bridges are a national disgrace," but hopes that he can convince the president to reapportion Department of Transportation funds that were allocated for landscaping and nature preservation to instead be used for an emergency bridge fund.

"If he'll work with me on this bill, I can get Republican support, he can get Democrat support," Paul said.

Paul's proposal would also create a national list that prioritizes bridge and tunnel repair. The senator criticizes the president's jobs plan for not including strict direction for how infrastructure projects would be selected.

"Their jobs bill has nothing about prioritizing bridges that need to get fixed," Paul said. "That's why Im hoping on the plane to get a chance to talk to the president about this."

Paul and Obama will be joined on the trip by Sen. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), who is also expected to lobby the president on bridge repair. Yarmuth said Wednesday that he plans to discuss the closure of a bridge in downtown Louisville that has snared traffic and disrupted commutes.