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Obama signs 2-month extension for highway funding, calls for end of patches

Bobby Atkinson

June 01, 2015

President Barack Obama signed a two-

month extension of the Highway Trust

Fund into law May 29.

According to a report from The Hill,

Obama signed the bill to extend the

funding, but the administration took

time to call for an end to the constant

patches for infrastructure funding.

Press secretary Josh Ernest said the

White House hopes D.C. lawmakers

will look for other options like closing tax loopholes to pay for road funding.

“It’s the president’s view that the era of short-term patches … must come to an end,” Earnest said.

Obama’s signing of the patch marks the 33rd short-term extension of transportation funding since 2008.

The signing followed months of discussion on transportation funding leading up to the prior May 31 deadline, but nothing long-term could be decided on.

The House of Representatives passed the patch earlier this month and the Senate followed suit a few days later before breaking for Memorial Day.

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