Obama criticizes Congress for lack of long-term highway bill

By |  August 3, 2015

President Obama extended highway funding until late October after signing a three-month patch Congress provided him. But Obama, who proposed his own six-year highway bill earlier this year, expressed his displeasure to reporters in the Oval Office upon signing the short-term measure.

“We can’t keep on funding transportation by the seat of our pants,” Obama said. “That’s just not how the greatest country [in the world] does business. I guarantee you that’s not how China, Germany and other countries around the world handle their infrastructure.”

According to The Hill, Obama said Congress left him no choice but to sign the short-term extension. Had Obama not signed it, funding for roads and bridges would have been interrupted.

“We should not be leaving all the business of the U.S. government until the last minute,” Obama said.

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