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Union Campaign Warns of 'Bridges Falling Down'

March 6, 2012
Voters in Kentucky and Ohio may find a pamphlet in their mail with information on "How to Survive a Collapsed Bridge," telling them the first thing they should do is unbuckle their seat belt if a bridge collapses and their car ends up in the water.

If that doesn't get their attention, maybe the radio ads -- featuring children chanting, "America's bridges, falling down, all around the country," to the tune of "London Bridge" -- will.

"Because of tight budgets, bridge maintenance is in jeopardy," the ad says. "And if Republican leaders in Congress have their way, those budgets will get cut even more."

The ads and mailings are part of an effort from the Laborers' International Union of North America to put pressure on congressional Republicans to pass a long-term highway bill. The campaign is centered in Ohio and Kentucky, the home states of House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The union is not releasing the cost of the campaign, but the radio ads will run in the states until the end of March. Another part of the campaign: a flatbed truck with a giant roll of duct tape strapped to the bed - dubbed the "emergency bridge repair team" - will drivethrough the two states.

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