By Keith Laing - 03/30/12 02:07 PM ET
The White House said Friday that President Obama was "pleased" with the extension of federal transportation funding he signed, even as it continued pushing Congress to approve a long-term highway bill.
Obama on Friday signed a 90-day extension of the current legislation that funds road and transit projects before he departed Washington for a campaign event in Vermont.
The president had encouraged Congress to send him a two-year, $109 billion version of the transportation bill that had been approved instead, but White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama was happy with the measure.
"The President was pleased that Congress acted to prevent construction workers from having to go off the job because of a lapse in funding," Earnest said during a gaggle with reporters. "So he was pleased to sign the 90-day extension today. However, we encourage Congress to act in a bipartisan fashion on a longer-term extension." FULL ARTICLE
Fri, March 30, 2012
by John Cox