President Obama hits the road today to talk about highways and bridges - critical infrastructure and repairs that won't get funded if Congress doesn't act before going on its summer break. "That would put at risk - nearly 700-thousand jobs across the nation - and many active highway and transit projects would be threatened," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
The Highway Trust Fund runs dry next month, and a bridge collapse in Washington State acts as a cautionary tale.
Every pot hole you hit- a reminder of the upkeep and repairs needed for an aging highway system.
The government estimates 65% of U.S. roads are in less-than-good condition and 25% of bridges need significant repair.
To fix that, the white house wants 300 billion dollars over the next four years. "If we don't pass this transportation bill now, a lot of very bad things happen very soon," said Vice President Joe Biden.
House Speaker John Boehner says the country doesn't have the money - and he doesn't have the votes. "We're not going to get to a long term highway bill here over the next couple of months," said House Speaker John Boehner, (R) Ohio.
And today the White House is backing a shorter fix - 11 billion dollars to fund projects over the next nine months hoping to avoid gridlock on Capitol Hill, and America's highways.
Brian Mooar, NBC News.
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