Obama says Congress must pass transport bills

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Posted: Aug 31, 2011 11:13 AM
Obama says Congress must pass transport bills

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, seeking to preserve jobs in a tough economy, urged Congress on Wednesday to not hold up temporary funding measures for aviation and highway spending.

Obama said in remarks at the White House that it would be "inexcusable" if lawmakers allowed politics to intervene and not act immediately when they return from their summer recess next week.

The law authorizing airport construction funding expires on September 16 while the one allowing spending on highway projects ends on on September 30.

(Reporting by John Crawley and Lisa Lambert)