Obama works to get infrastructure bill through Congress before Highway Trust Fund runs dry
POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 8:12am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — President Obama hits the road today to talk about highways and bridges - critical infrastructure and repairs that won't get funded if Congress doesn't act before going on its summer break.
"That would put at risk - nearly 700-thousand jobs across the nation - and many active highway and transit projects would be threatened," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
The Highway Trust Fund runs dry next month, and a bridge collapse in Washington State acts as a cautionary tale.
Every pot hole you hit- a reminder of the upkeep and repairs needed for an aging highway system.
The government estimates 65% of U.S. roads are in less-than-good condition and 25% of bridges need significant repair.
To fix that, the white house wants 300 billion dollars over the next four years.
"If we don't pass this transportation bill now, a lot of very bad things happen very soon," said Vice President Joe Biden.
House Speaker John Boehner says the country doesn't have the money - and he doesn't have the votes.
"We're not going to get to a long term highway bill here over the next couple of months," said House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio.
And today the White House is backing a shorter fix - 11 billion dollars to fund projects over the next nine months hoping to avoid gridlock on Capitol Hill, and America's highways.