Obama pitches more bridges, roads

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Posted: Dec 08, 2009 11:32 AM

President Barack Obama is defending infrastructure projects while acknowledging the potential for abuse.

Obama on Tuesday outlined steps he would take to help a struggling economy that has unemployment in double digits. The president says more than 10,000 infrastructure projects were included in the $787 billion economic stimulus package.

Obama says he recognizes the potential abuse in those already in-the-works projects. But he says further spending on the roads and bridges will create jobs over time and their benefits will go beyond the construction.

Obama is pitching the rough outlines of a jobs program in a speech at a Washington think tank.