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Obama touts $379 billion transport plan

Published on Feb 27, 2014 5:59 AM
 
US President Barack Obama (centre) and Secretary of Transportaion Anthony Foxx (right) tour the Metro Transit Light Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility in St Paul, Minnesota, on Feb 26, 2014. President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled a four year, US$300 billion (S$379 billion) plan to rebuild America's highways, bridges and rail systems, hoping to defy gridlock in Congress to enact major reform.  -- PHOTO: AFP

ST PAUL, United States (AFP) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled a four year, US$300 billion (S$379 billion) plan to rebuild America's highways, bridges and rail systems, hoping to defy gridlock in Congress to enact major reform. 

Mr Obama's initiative marked his latest attempt to animate his second term, even though hopes of big political change are already dimming as Washington fixates on November's congressional elections.

The plan would replace a current transportation funding bill which expires in September.

It prioritizes infrastructure improvements, a goal Mr Obama has pushed for years but with limited success amid skepticism among Republicans in Congress.

 
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