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Transportation Showdown

Congress did some serious scrambling today to keep money flowing for highways, bridges and other infrastructure with President Obama weighing in on how to do it.

(NBC News)  With the country in need of a financial plan to fix potholes and other crumbling infrastructure,The House of Representatives is trying to shore up the highway trust fund with nearly 11-billion dollars.

But it sparked much debate with Vermont's Peter Welch saying

"Our bridges and our roads are falling apart."

The short-term fix will only fund the trust though May 2015. Because that's all that Speaker of the House, John Boehner says he can get.

"Giving speeches about long-term highway bill is just rhetoric." says Boehner

Unless Congress acts, the Transportation Department says that by the first week in August the fund will no longer have enough money.

That could mean curtailing or ending projects in practically every state.

But a long term fix is what President Obama wants.  Although, after touring a highway research facility in Virginia, he too said he'll take what he can get.

"Congress shouldn't pat itself on the back for diverting disaster for a few months, kicking the can down the road for a few months, careening from crisis to crisis when it comes to something as basic as our infrastructure." said President Obama

A similar bill shoring up the trust fund is pending in the Senate. But even conservative groups are critical of the plan.  They say the 11-billion dollars comes from a few budget gimmicks that solve nothing long term.

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