Obama will speak at the Tappan Zee bridge, where a $3.9
billion project is underway to replace the aging, congested
structure, the White House said.
He will make the case that federal funding for road and
infrastructure projects could soon dry up - right in the middle
of the summer construction season - unless Congress finds a way
to fuel the Highway Trust Fund.
Money in the Highway Trust Fund comes from gasoline taxes, which
no longer provide enough funding because of declining fuel use.
Neither Congress nor the White House want to raise the taxes,
which amount to 18.4 cents per gallon tax on gas and 24.4 cents
per gallon on diesel.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx proposed a four-year, $302
billion package paid for by ending certain tax breaks for
businesses, but reaction has been cool. [ID:nL2N0NL161] The
White House has said it is open to other ideas.
"The most important thing is that we pass a long-term bill that
creates jobs and provides certainty for cities, states and
businesses," said White House spokesman Matt Lehrich in a
The Senate Environment and Public Works committee is expected to
release a bipartisan plan this week.
Vice President Joe Biden will also press the issue in visits to
infrastructure projects in St. Louis, Missouri on Tuesday and
Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday.
Obama will meet with workers in the Washington DC area on Friday
to discuss infrastructure, the White House said.
(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Gareth Jones)
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