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White House cautions about infrastructure inaction

Monday - 5/12/2014, 3:30pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is warning Congress that a key federal government fund used to pay for the nation's roads, bridges and ports is running dry and that the economy would be damaged if it is not replenished.

A White House economic analysis concludes that without congressional action, more than 112,000 ongoing projects would be in danger of falling idle, affecting nearly 700,000 jobs.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says that such project delays would slow commerce, hinder commuters and hurt businesses.

The administration says the Highway Trust Fund, which is financed by gasoline taxes, could run out of money by the end of summer.

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama plans to speak by the Hudson River's Tappan Zee Bridge just north of New York City to press his case.


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