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President and Governor comment on Minnesota bridge collapse

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - President Bush offered his condolences to the families of the victims in the Minnesota bridge collapse.

The President made his remarks brief, then scolded Congress for not sending him spending measures in a timely fashion.

Meanwhile, the White House says an inspection two years ago found problems in a Minnesota highway bridge.

President Bush's spokesman, Tony Snow, says the inspection found some structural deficiencies. He says the 40-year-old bridge rated 50 on a scale of 120 for structural stability.

He says it "doesn't mean there was a risk of failure." But Snow adds that when a report finds deficiencies, it's up to the state to take "corrective actions."

The White House also announced that first lady Laura Bush will visit Minneapolis tomorrow. She'll console families of the victims of the collapse.

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