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FILE - In this July 1, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama walks towards the stage to speak about transportation and the economy at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington. Obama on July 15 will visit a federal highway research center in northern Virginia. The trip is part of Obama’s push for Congress to shore up funding for highways and transportation. He says that’s key to keeping the U.S. competitive. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Obama presses for more lasting highway funding
First Published Jul 15 2014 10:40 am • Last Updated Jul 15 2014 10:40 am

McLean, Va. • President Barack Obama says he supports measures in Congress to keep federal highway funding flowing to the states.

But Obama adds that Congress shouldn’t be too quick to pat itself on the back for skirting disaster for a few months. He says Congress should act on a more permanent solution to the funding shortfall.

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The House is to vote Tuesday on a temporary patch for the Highway Trust Fund, which is scheduled to run dry next month unless Congress acts.

Obama commented at a federal highway research center in northern Virginia where the government, auto industry and academics are developing new transportation technologies to help cars communicate with each other and the world around them.

He also got behind the wheel of a car — on a virtual road.

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