News bits: Obama calls for $302 billion transportation bill

In a speech at a St. Paul bus and light rail terminal, President Obama called on Congress to pass a four-year, $302 billion transportation bill that would be funded by a reform to the tax code.

“If Congress doesn’t finish a transportation bill by the end of the summer, we could see construction projects stop in their tracks, machines sitting idle, workers off the job,” Obama said in front of a crowd of about 1,300 at St. Paul’s Union Depot, which was modernized with economic stimulus funding. “Roads and bridges should not be a partisan issue. . . . We want to create jobs right now, and to grow our economy right now.”

Last week, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called for a “long-term” bill to replace the current transportation bill, MAP-21, that is set to expire this fall.

Read more about about the President’s transportation plan and how he hopes to fund it at The Washington Post.

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