The city, county and state became eligible for more federal assistance for the recovery from the Interstate 35W collapse when President Bush declared an emergency exists in the state, the White House said.
Officials said the relief money would be used to cover costs racked up by the search and rescue efforts, security at the bridge site and overtime for law enforcement.
Bush was scheduled to visit Minneapolis and get a briefing on the bridge collapse before going to a private fundraiser for Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn.
I don't begrudge the good people of Minnesota a dime of this money. Two of the nicest people I have ever met (including Susan, an ex) were from Minnesota and you couldn't find people with bigger hearts. And the state has given us great politicians like Hubert Humphrey and Paul Wellstone, and, hopefully, will soon give us Sen. Al Franken - but it's just too bad the people in New Orleans weren't also of sturdy Nordic stock, or they too might have been swimming in federal disaster aid after Katrina instead of raw sewage.
And I'm sure there's no reason why one place was favored over the other by Bush. Naaah.