31 Aug '11, 5pm

We can't afford to play politics with the federal transportation bill.

We can't afford to play politics with the federal transportation bill.

President Obama urged Congress today to extend funding for the federal transportation program, which is due expire on September 30th. I attended the speech at the Rose Garden (with my daughter Joy, pictured with me on the White House lawn below), where the President spoke alongside David Chavern, chief operating officer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. The House and Senate are miles apart on their approaches to transportation legislation. The House wants to cut spending by one-third in a new 6-year bill – an approach which would cost more than half a million jobs, according to Senate leaders. The Senate is seeking a two-year extension of current funding levels. Some insiders say there’s not enough time to pass a new bill, given that neither party has put forth anything in writing. But a total collapse of the program – which would occu...

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