Foxx: Spending Debate Impedes Infrastructure

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ATLANTA (AP) — 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.

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.

A second Obama Cabinet member, Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, will address lawmakers later today.

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