President Obama’s Transportation Proposal May Face a Rough Road

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President Barack Obama’s budget proposal seeks $478 billion over six years to improve what it called “crumbling” roads and bridges, transit systems and freight networks.

It’s a familiar refrain for the president, who has repeatedly called on Congress in previous years to increase infrastructure spending to preserve the nation’s global competitiveness and stimulate job growth.

Since Mr. Obama took office in 2009, Congress has done little except to pass multiple extensions of surface transportation funding, with no substantial increases. Several states have had to cut their road and bridge programs. Planning for bigger, long-term projects has been stymied by a lack of certainty over funding.

The only major boost to transportation was the one-time stimulus known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed by Congress in the first year of the Obama presidency.

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