Pres. Obama mentions Brent Spence Bridge during jobs speech

Mark Mallory
Mark Mallory

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - President Obama mentioned the Brent Spence Bridge during his jobs speech on Thursday night.

"There are private construction companies all across America just waiting to get to work," the President said. "There's a bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky that's on one of the busiest trucking routes in North America."

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, who was among President Obama's invited guests at the speech to Congress, praised the President for using the bridge as an example.

"The President was right on point tonight," said Mallory in a statement. "He laid out a plan that will put people to work as soon as it is passed. The President used the Brent Spence as a perfect example of how an investment in an infrastructure project could put thousands of Americans work and fix a bridge that is vital to our economy.  The American people are looking for action.  And the President delivered a plan of action tonight that will help our economy from the day it passes."

Mayor Mallory was reportedly sitting in the box with First Lady Michelle Obama. He shared the box with Finneytown native and GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, among others.

President Obama is scheduled to appear in Columbus next week.

"By visiting Ohio, President Obama will see how infrastructure projects, like Brent Spence, not only create immediate jobs, but prime our communities for long-term economic growth," said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) "By visiting Ohio, the President can see how standing up to countries like China – that manipulate currency and provide illegal subsidies – can create good-paying manufacturing jobs."

The Bridge Builders Coalition also released a statement on the President's speech: "The President's reference to the Brent Spence Bridge in his remarks last night magnifies the need to fund the country's transformational infrastructure projects.

"For more than a decade area leaders have been touting the replacement project because of the vital role the Brent Spence Bridge plays in the national economy. It is a key piece of infrastructure that contributes to our country's ability to compete in a global economy. The Brent Spence Bridge is the perfect transformational transportation project that will lead to thousands of permanent jobs to bolster our economy."

Ohio Republicans criticized the President's jobs plan.

"American families and small businesses are hurting, and they are looking for the White House and Congress to seek common ground and work together to help get our economy back on track," said Speaker of the House John Boehner (R, West Chester). "Republicans have laid out a blueprint for economic growth and job creation – our Plan for America's Job Creators – that focuses on one thing: removing government barriers to private-sector job growth."

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Lebanon) described the jobs program the president laid out during a  as the same failed policies Obama has proposed in the past.

"Instead of more temporary measures and deficit spending, we need an aggressive, pro-growth approach that gives job creators more certainty and incentives to invest," said Portman. "There is a simple list of reforms we should enact immediately, including a more competitive tax code that will lead to economic growth, sensible regulatory relief that will remove unnecessary burdens on employers, and new policies tying high tech federal job training directly to employers."

Mayor Mallory will host acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank in Cincinnati on Friday. Secretary Blank will be visiting Graeter's Ice Cream plant in Bond Hill. She will discuss the President's jobs plan.

"I look forward to hosting the Secretary of Commerce in Cincinnati and talking to her about the challenges that we face and how the federal government can help Cincinnati continue to grow our economy," Mayor Mallory said.

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