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Foxx: Spending debate impedes infrastructure

Newly confirmed Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told a national gathering of state legislators that Obama wants a new transportation bill.

The Associated Press

8/13/2013

ATLANTA — President Barack Obama's top transportation official says partisan wrangling over spending prevents progress on improving the nation's crumbling infrastructure.

Newly confirmed Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told a national gathering of state legislators that Obama wants a new transportation bill. His comments came Monday, during the National Conference of State Legislatures convention in Atlanta.

But, he said, that requires Congressional leaders to negotiate. He said heated rhetoric over spending overlooks the long-term value of infrastructure spending.

The nation's current transportation program, MAP21, expires Oct. 1, 2014.

The former Charlotte mayor cited Obama's recent proposal for a corporate income tax overhaul, with $50 billion going to infrastructure.

Foxx assured rural and urban lawmakers that the administration values all types of projects, from roads and bridges to rail lines, ports and air travel.

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