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Obama, with support from Villaraigosa, pushes for more transit funding

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President Obama, with L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on hand, made a new pitch for his $50-billion "roads, railways and runways" program Monday morning, saying the need to upgrade the nation's infrastructure capacity is critical and that American competitiveness in the 21st century depends on swift action.

Clogged roads, airways and other infrastructure chip away at worker productivity, Obama said, and the longer the country waits to fix it, "the deeper our competitive edge erodes."

Speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden, Obama pitched the plan almost entirely in terms of its benefit to the economy -- though he also alluded to the politics of the moment, noting the steadfast Republican opposition to most of his current plans.

Read the full story here.

-- Christi Parsons in Washington

Photo: President Obama speaks, flanked by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the Rose Garden at the White House. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images / Oct. 11, 2010)

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What good is a more efficient transit system with no jobs??? What a waste!

More disappointment...

I'm curious. Hey Tony, will the 5 Fwy thru downtown get patched enough not to tear the suspension out of your car? I'm sure millions of JOBS will be created. People laid off on Hollywood sets will be out there grading streets in their new careers. It should probably work. All you need is Joe "five deferment" Biden out there selling it.

23 more days !!

Are these jobs going to go to LEGAL CITIZENS ,NOT GREEN CARD HOLDERS? I would like these jobs to go to AMERICAN CITIZENS It seems like most jobs here in CA.. go to green card holders or illegal immigrants. It is not fair to the LEGAL citizens

This type of program should have been part of the Stimulus Package, instead of the pork that was included.

Mr. Obama.......We applaud your concern for remedying the "clogged roads" but next time you come to L.A.(as you did recently) please spare us the awfully "clogged roads" your security arrangements caused to no end!

Dumb and dumber pushing for transit funding which pays Green Card and illegal labor...GREATTTTTTT...


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