President Pushes Jobs Bill at Key Bridge - NBC4 Washington

President Pushes Jobs Bill at Key Bridge

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    No tour buses were needed for President Obama’s latest push to get Congress to pass a part of his jobs bill. The President held a news conference this morning at Georgetown Waterfront Park in front of the Key Bridge.

    The White House says the Key Bridge, along with several other bridges linking the district and Virginia, are in need of repair and could benefit from the bill. More than 200,000 cars pass over those bridges every day.

    The president hopes the event, along with similar speeches made in front of other ailing bridges around the country, will encourage lawmakers to fund major transportation and infrastructure projects that he says will create jobs.

    In his speech, President Barack Obama pressed Congress to pass the transportation part of his stalled jobs bill -  $50 billion for roads and bridges.  It also includes $10 billion to attract private money to help finance such construction.

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    President Obama says it ``makes absolutely no sense'' that construction workers are sitting around idle when there's work to be done.