Fischer to meet with Obama on Thursday

Mayor Greg Fischer’s office just announced that he will meet with President Obama on Thursday in Cincinnati to discuss the Sherman Minton Bridge. The president will be in town that day to visit the Brent Spence Bridge connecting Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, which he singled out in his jobs speech to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8.

“I want to take our case directly to the President and I will stress as strongly as possible the need for quick and direct support from the federal government,” Fischer said. “We are working hard to pursue all possible options and to stress our needs as quickly as possible.”

Fischer’s office told LEO Weekly this morning that he supports the passage of the American Jobs Act, which would immediately dedicate $50 billion to repairing infrastructure around the country, plus a $10 billion infrastructure bank that could potentially go to the construction of new bridges.

Fischer’s office added that he “plans to discuss the Ohio River Bridges Project and the need to get it under construction as soon as possible.”

There’s still no word on whether Obama will also make a stop in Louisville to see the Sherman Minton Bridge, as Rep. John Yarmuth suggested he should Saturday morning.