WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- President Barack Obama will use the backdrop of the Tappan Zee Bridge and the New NY Bridge construction in Tarrytown to press Congress to provide funding for road and bridge repairs nationwide during a planned visit Wednesday, May 14.
Obama will spend next week highlighting the issue of funding infrastructure projects, according to multiple reports. The Federal Highway Trust Fund is expected run dry by late August and aid to states will be delayed and workers will be laid off construction sites nationwide without the action of Congress.
Obama is scheduled to speak in front of the Tappan Zee Bridge, where he will highlight steps the administration has taken to cut red tape, modernize the federal permitting process and reduce the timelines for approving projects, according to a statement issued by the White House.
The Obama administration sent Congress a four-year, $302 billion transportation plan in April with a plan to fund $150 billion into transportation programs beyond the money raised through fuel taxes.