Clogged roads, airways and other infrastructure chip away at worker productivity, Obama said, and the longer the country waits to fix it, "the deeper our competitive edge erodes."
Speaking to reporters in the
In a "season of choices," Obama said, one of the decisions Americans must make is between "decline and prosperity."
Earlier Monday, the administration issued a new report estimating the spending program would create a raft of new middle-class jobs in manufacturing, construction and retail and thereby help boost the economy. More than half of the new jobs would come in construction, where unemployment figures are now higher than 17 percent, according to the report.
First unveiled on
Still, to pass the measure, the president needs to win over Republicans, who generally have opposed his suggestions for government spending as a way out of the country's economic malaise. And a change of heart did not seem imminent on Monday morning.
If the president were serious about passage, said one
"Because the November lame-duck session is all booked up, the very earliest the
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